How are wooden watches made?


A noble material of manufacture, wood is attracting more and more the general public and is now widely used in the making of fashion accessories. The wooden watches , for example, have become the new must-have accessory to complement her dress style everyday. Do you want to get into eco-responsible fashion and you want to know more about the manufacturing secrets that make wooden watches so successful  ? Well ! this is what we invite you to discover in the rest of this article.

A homemade recipe
Step 1: Cutting
Step 2: The location of the mechanism
Step 3: Finishing the clock
Step 4: Setting up the mechanism

A homemade recipe
In the past, it was not possible to fashion a watch from wood. But thanks to the emergence of innovative solutions such as laser cutting, it is now possible to produce quality watches designed from this material. This artisanal jewel is therefore composed of two parts (the dial and the bracelet) and can easily be combined with other materials such as steel, leather or even nylon. As for the dial, it can be in the form of a circle or a rectangle. As for the bracelet, it can be made with wood, leather or even nylon.

Unlike watches made of steel and plastic, wooden watches are much more comfortable to wear and very environmentally friendly. In addition, to bring elegance to your outfits, each watch is a unique original work that does not lack appeal. However, the making of a wooden watch requires 4 essential consecutive steps , a certain material, skill and above all precision.

Step 1: Cutting
She begins by tracing it with precision in the drawing of a dial on a tracing sheet which will then be applied to a piece of wood . After that, the craftsmen carry out the cut with a saw or with a suitable tool before sanding the cuts with sandpaper 80 and 120. The process is repeated on both sides with sandpaper 120, and this in the direction wood grain.

Step 2: The location of the mechanism
Using a hole saw, make the space reserved for the mechanism that will activate the movements of the watch. There are two types: the quartz movement mechanism powered by a lithium battery and the automatic mechanism which does not involve any carbon charge. It will then be a question of making, according to the shape of the dial, the back of the watch. It is during this step that the indexes are engraved which will facilitate the reading of the time.

Step 3: Finishing the clock
This phase involves cutting into small pieces the piece of wood that will be used to make the watch strap before assembling it and attaching the stainless steel hooks to it. Once the bracelet is attached to the dial, it is the stage of the final touch-ups. It will be a question of applying paint, wood oil, varnish or even wax to sublimate the grain of the wood.

Step 4: Setting up the mechanism
This is the last step in the process, which involves placing the mechanism under the dial. The assembly may vary depending on the type of movement mechanics used, but the principle remains the same.

Display technologies
In addition, the displays may differ depending on the technology used. The most common technologies available on the market are:

– LCD / IPS: this technology is certainly the most “traditional” and is less and less adopted by the manufacturers of the best connected watches. The necessary backlighting is quite expensive from an energy point of view. Typically, the design of these products also turns out to be bulkier than the recently released models.
– OLED: Displays with OLED technology, known for its use in televisions, provide better black rendering because the organic pixels on the screen manage to extinguish completely. The result is improved overall contrast and higher battery performance.
– AMOLED: we can define AMOLED technology as an evolution of OLED, with better overall efficiency and consumption on average. This type of screen is widely adopted in high-end models, thanks to the extreme versatility of AMOLED used on screens of the most diverse shapes.
– E-ink: this type of display is typical of electronic e-readers. The poor sensitivity of touch controls and certainly inferior performance to the aforementioned technologies does not make it a recommended choice, unless you are looking for a product with a long battery life like fossil.

In order to collect data, connected watches need dedicated sensors. These can be: movement, biological and environmental. Let’s see the main ones:

– Accelerometer: detects any type of movement performed
– Gyroscope: detects rotational movement, very useful for activating the display when you turn your wrist to view it
– Barometer: detects atmospheric pressure
– Thermometer: detects atmospheric temperature
– Light sensor: measures the amount of light to adjust screen brightness.


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