This is the story of one of the world´s most luxurious woods and why you should buy a timepiece made of it. Read on and dive into this amazing story of luxury mixed with modern technology to create the ultimate timepieces you need to buy right now.
Humankind, especially in Asia, has been using sandalwood for a number of different applications that go from Channel perfumes to luxurious furniture all the way to traditional Chinese medicine. With the years, it has become more and more precious taking its price to the top of the list of tropical hardwood species. There is no other tropical hardwood that is more expensive than sandalwood. These trees grow to be from twelve to fifteen meters high and when they are around fifteen years old they are capable of producing twenty kilograms of heartwood and all the associated derivates such as oil.
Traditionally, the use of sandalwood in the manufacturing of furniture and religious figures was large because of the number of years that it preserves its precious smell, the beautiful lines in it and the natural lustrous appeal it has. It was not uncommon to find it as a part of the Chinese Qing dynasty in the 17th and 18th century. As a matter of fact, a zitan (Chinese name for sandalwood) side table of less than a meter long was sold at Christie´s New York for the astonishing amount of $667,500 on March 2017.
The importance of the Chinese culture was given because it is a very noble, beautiful-looking and hardwood that can be the perfect canvas to make the most wonderful pieces of furniture you can imagine. When first harvested, it looks red and purple with subtle stripes and linings that can be a little darker. As time goes by, it resembles the great wine and whiskey in the world by looking even better in a darker palette.
While Chinese were making (arguably) the finest furniture in the world out of it, sandalwood was providing the scent and the oil that was going to become the very skeleton of most of Hindi culture. The ability of this precious wood of maintaining its scent for so many years made it the core of most ceremonies. It is quite possible that if you smell the scent of sandalwood you recognize it immediately for its purity and also because of its distinct smell. Since its introduction as a precious scent, it has been turned into incense sticks, expensive perfumes and fragrances and also body oil and lotions.
The tradition of luxury and refinement made this hardwood the core of some of the most luxurious furniture collections in the world and make sandalwood the second most expensive wood in the world only behind African blackwood. In most companies in the world, it is dealt with in a completely different form than any other type of wood because of its exorbitant prices. For example, medicinal grade sandalwood oil can reach up to $4500 a kilogram in the market.
Its endurance, amazing texture, beautiful smell, and beautiful color make it today still the number one choice of many high-end furniture manufacturers. The best sandalwood comes from southern India where the oldest, richest trees can be found being as much as 50 years old. Australian companies have also taken advantage of the fact that their climate is suitable for its growth.
As far as the tradition goes, these manufacturers managed to keep it alive, but what is really making the difference are companies such as Seventh Watches, using this precious wood to create luxurious, reliable and revolutionary timepieces according to the highest standards of the market. It is possible today to find some handcrafted timepieces made by skilled artisans from this precious wood keeping one of the most amazing legacies of Asian empires alive.
The use of sandalwood for creating new pieces is not a mere detail or a manufacturing choice, but it really is a decision with some deep cultural resonance. Keeping the luxurious spirit of wooden pieces alive challenges the polluting industry of precious metals and stones and allows for a new debate on how humankind will look at “luxury” in a world that cannot take more abuse in the name of natural-resources extraction.
Seventh Watches has two models made with sandalwood that you can choose from to wear this luxurious wood on a daily basis:
All Seventh Watches models are sold through the manufacturer and they donate 10% of the overall profit to a worthy cause making it even more important to help the environment and those who need it the most.
Wearing sandalwood on your wrist will set you apart from the rest and will be your good deed for a better world. Wear sandalwood on your wrist and redefine luxury.