Whether you’re a watch connoisseur or just appreciate a little something with a bit of extra style attached around your wrist, it can be hard to stay updated on the latest and greatest trends – not to mention all the jargon commonly attached. (What even are indices or escapements anyway?) They come and go so quickly; you’re forgiven for being out of the loop. We’re here to help get you back in it, though, and explain 2021’s latest trend. What is it? Eco-friendly skeleton watches made from wood.
What is a Skeleton Watch?
So, those are certainly some words, but what do they mean? What exactly is a skeleton watch? Basically, it’s a type of watch invented in the late 1700s by French watchmaker André-Charles Caron. Unlike other watches you might be more familiar with, this one has some see-through bits, allowing certain components inside the watch to be visible. Pretty simple, yeah? The point is to show off all those intricate, impressive moving parts and enabling you to watch how your timepiece operates in real-time.
This is typically done by stripping the watch face down to its most basic components or by almost stripping it away in its entirety, leaving only the outer glass casing, clock hands, and numbering behind. Although, sometimes skeleton watches have other variations, providing transparent windows on the back of the watch or cutouts elsewhere to show smaller sections of the watch’s movement rather than the entirety of its inner workings. None of these options provide any alteration to how the watch functions or is used. However, it can make for a very different aesthetic depending on what you choose, ranging from something more industrial-inspired to almost steampunk-y or sophisticated with a slight edge.
Why UD’s are the Way to Go
Skeleton watches are an exciting style choice – one that ensures you never just fade into the background of a crowd. But there are still plenty of people happy with the design they come to expect. Why should you give ones with visible skeletons a try? And beyond that, why should you opt for ours at Urban Designer over the competition? Here are a few reasons why they’re the way to go.
Unique Design that Stands out
Visible gears and all manner of exposed mechanical internals always make for a strong statement, but our eco-friendly wood skeleton watches make an even bigger impact. Instead of just mindlessly showcasing its inner workings to hike up the price or act as a novelty, this is instead done thoughtfully to enhance the overall design rather than compensate for it. All of our takes on this historical but edgy design lean into the latter of these two, using combinations of both dark and light wood, high-polish silver tones, chunky bodies, sharp lines, and modern numbering. The end result is not conventional watches with out-of-place gears, but something unique, current, and ultra-trendy.
No Battery Needed
Besides the apparent style component, there is one aspect to our skeleton watches that makes them better functionality-wise. There’s no battery needed! And since they ditch the quartz-movement that’s so common in other watches, these wooden accessories also don’t plaque you with that annoying “ticking” sound that tends to drive people crazy. It’s a win-win in the end, quieter, more energetically efficient, and still incredibly easy to use. Before wearing it, simply wind it up ten times or more to initially power it and go about your day. It will charge up all by itself after that, leaving you without annoying battery changes or worries of it dying anytime soon.
Made with Reclaimed Wood
UD is known for excellent craftsmanship and exciting, new looks, but our central focus remains the same: providing you with eco-friendly, sustainable, and comfortable watches. Our skeleton watches immediately pick up that mantle and continue it forward. They’re made with the same fantastic reclaimed wood as all of our other products, meaning you get all of the same benefits in an unfamiliar, cool package. They’re then better for the environment than metal skeleton accessories and ultimately better for you, hypoallergenic for safe wear, easy to maintain, and sturdy. They even look better wear after wear, developing a patina that no other watch can replicate. Perfect for trendy style and longevity alike!
Skeleton Showcase: Watches You’ll Love
So, now that you understand a little bit more about why our skeleton watches are worth your interest, you might be interested in finding one for yourself. If so, we’re way ahead of you. Here are two of our favorite wood watches that we think you’ll also love. Give them a try today or peruse some of our other wood watch options, and wood rings.
Looking for something a little flashier and standout now that 2021 is here? Our eco-friendly mechanical wood watch is an ideal choice. The handcrafted design features large, almost chrome numbering, mixed woods, and a beautifully intricate, exposed skeleton that feels masculine and rebellious. Despite the dramatic appearance, though, it still feels smooth against the wrist and makes a great everyday statement piece.
Skeleton watches stand out, but that doesn’t mean they have to be loud. Should you want an accessory that’s more toned-down and relaxed, try out our automatic, dark wood option. Its face is slightly slimmer, and the wood is more muted and dark, making the visible mechanical parts the real star of the show without being flashy. Want to still give it an extra, personalized touch? It’s the perfect candidate for our personalized engraving service.