Despite the fact that all trees are different from one another, some woods share similar qualities. Once they have been utilized in the handcrafting of a luxurious item, like a Seventh watch, they retain many of those qualities and infuse them to the user and the item itself. However, wearing a watch made of ebony is not the same as wearing one made of sandalwood or walnut. Read on and find out which model utilizes which type of wood and what that means for you as its owner.
Zebrawood comes from a very large tree that has a similar striped pattern to a zebra. It grows in many different places around the world like Central America, Brazil, Asia, and West Africa. The Seventh watch company uses this type of wood to create such watches as PARRÉSIA, AZAZ, and MOZEN among others. Zebrawood is a particularly heavy and hardwood that very often has a wavy or interlocking grain.
The use of this wood began its life inside luxury cars such as Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac, which employed it as an interior trim because of its looks, durability, and hardness. Other than that, it has been used for rare, luxurious guitars as well as high-end decoration and furniture pieces. It is also possible to find it being utilized for tools and gun parts because of its aforementioned hardness.
Zebrawood has a coarse texture and noticeably large pores. This texture along with it's unique, beautiful striping makes it a very sought-after kind of wood across the world. Wearing it on your left wrist in the form of a MOZEN watch represents not only a beautiful timepiece but also the tradition and spirit of a very large tree carved into tiny, weightless bits.
Ebony is one of the worlds' densest woods; in fact, it is so dense that it literally sinks in water. It is a wood type that has been used in ornaments since the time of the old Egyptians, and probably before. When processed and polished it looks quite close to a pore-less surface, as if you were looking at black marble instead of wood. It has a great natural luster and displays little or no grain or stripes of any kind. Because of this grain-less and pore-less appearance, it is a very hard wood, and its extremely high density is derived from the wood´s high oil content.
These characteristics make ebony a very luxurious and expensive material, especially Gaboon ebony, like the one Seventh uses for handcrafting the Skylar watch among others. Old Egyptians and other ancient cultures considered it to be mystic and magical, and so it wasn´t uncommon to find it in old pharaohs’ tombs.
Wearing a watch with bits of ebony (or the entire band like the SKYLAR by Seventh) is to wear a little part of the world´s history. It was used to honor pharaohs and it can dress up your outfit with the same grace.
Sandalwood is currently the second most expensive type of wood in the world (right after African Blackwood). It has been used in a number of countries all over Asia for many different purposes including its renowned fragrance used for perfume houses and special occasions. This version of sandalwood, also known as red sandalwood or Zitan, is well sought-after across the globe and has been identified as a precious item for entire cultures for millennia.
The first interesting characteristic is the red, purple and dark orange combination that this wood displays depending on how the light strikes it. Usually, its grain is pretty straight, although it is possible to find pieces that have an interlocking grain too but only very mildly. Just like ebony, the natural luster is pretty high, and its reddish color really stands out. It is a wood utilized in China for the finest furniture available. For example, in a recent auction at Christie´s of New York, an old Zitan table belonging to the ancient Qing dynasty sold for over half a million dollars.
It is possible to adorn this luxurious, elite-ready and sought-after wood in the form of the Seventh THRÁSOS watch, which is a square-shaped, beautiful timepiece. It is important to point out that its price tag is way different from the Qing table, and comes in just under the $400 mark.
There are a few kinds of wood in the world as eco-friendly as bamboo. It comes from the grass family and can be found literally across all five continents. Its uses in Asia are beyond describable since it can take pretty much any shape or form you can think of. It typically presents in a characteristic yellow color which is very uniform throughout all the pieces and is usually void of any of the regular tree characteristics such as knots or growth rings.
Bamboo´s recovery rate is incomparable to any other wood, and it has been reported that bamboos of some species grow up to three feet a day. This makes it a very important resource for general industrial use and also an eco-friendly material that can be used and replenished in a matter of months. A brand like Seventh invested in a South-Asian production set-up and created a beautiful timepiece under the name of ARETE, which stands for virtue. It makes enormous sense and is a significant credit to this eco-friendly brand to stand for a cause and employ bamboo in the creation of a luxury timepiece that won´t hurt the environment.
All these wood-types have their own distinctive qualities. Each of them represents thousands of years of natural evolution. For example, the same ebony that you can wear on your left wrist was used to provide ornaments for a pharaoh´s tomb a millennium ago. The same thing applies with red sandalwood (or Zitan) which was the wood of choice of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to make their furniture, and yet it can be worn by you in the form of a very cool square-shaped timepiece.
Dare to wear these luxurious items and join the wooden-watch revolution in style.