A wooden watch is no longer an item of souvenir that you keep in your drawer, but with many brands having entered this category today, things have changer. What was preventing wood watches from becoming popular and worn by fashionists is the messy design of these. With the tools of today, the design have evolved and Tense is one of the pioneers who have contributed to this evolution.
Who is Tense
Tense is a company specialized in manufacturing wood watches. It’s in 1971, Canada where the company started to create watches and which is now making watches out of %100 recycled wood. Tense has a workshop in Vancouver in which they produce handmade watches. Tense’s 50 years experience with wood watches is significant because of the early start of its designers which Ken P.Lau is one of them.
Tense Wood Watches
Here is our pick of wood watches from the Canadian brand.
The Washingto North is multi-function watch made of natural Butternut wood, which is a species of Walnut native to the eastern United States and southeast Canada. This is a men’s watch (like all the rest of the list btw). The light brown goes very well with the blue of the dial and the sweeping hands are luminescent. The hour and second markers are colored with a light yellowish grey that gives a classy look and which features a minimalist design with no Numerals on it. The watch is adjustable via a buckle clasp on which is engraved the leaf from Tense’s logo . The Tense Washington North Costs $259.99
This Tense watch is like its name indicate, a “hybrid”. Unlike the previous one, this watch is not entirely made of wood. Only the watch case is made of wood with a part made of metal with a strap made of genuine Italian Leather. The dial design is clean and simple with tiny numeral which indicates minutes with round little dots as hour markers and short strokes for minutes/seconds as well as a calendar display. The most impressive feature of this one is the movement which is a premium Ronda 6004D Swiss Movements. The dial is protected under a scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal, and corrosion resistant Surgical Grade 316 Stainless Steel finished with PVD coating. According to tense, wood used on this series is from 100% recycled wood sources. With all these features, it’s no surprise that the price would be a bit higher than all the others, $329.99.
This one is my personal favorite. The wood used on this gorgeous timepiece is a natural Brazilian Zebrawood which has unique wavy grain pattern. The dial is nicely designed with a black background which contrasts very well with the bright wood of the whole watch with a silver tone hands and sub-dial. The case diameter of this watch is 51mm and is 11mm thick which is smaller than the previous watch. This watch is one of the cheapest on our list : $189.99.
This Tense Hampton North is a midlle way between the Hybrid and the Hampton models as it has the leather strap similar to the first one and the zebrawood of the second one. The circular dial is black with dark grey printed Arabic numerals that indicates minutes and little bumped dots as hour markers. The wood on this watch is also %100 recycled. The watch is also available on other combination of wood and leather color like walnut wood case with blue leather strap. This watch costs $179.99
This is the last Tense watch of the list. Yukon, which means “Great River”, is the name of one of the important routes in Canada and which inspired the company to create this watch. This watch is handcrafted using walnut wood and featuers a president style strap band. The dial is of a classy looking light grey featuring a sunbeam effect. The dial is surrounded by a fake spiky bezel which add more depth to the look of the watch. This watch also has a calendar display located at the 3’oclock position. The wooden case measures 48mm in width and 13mm in thickness. The clasp is made of stainless steel which matches nicely the color of the dial. This on is the cheapest of our list costing $159.
To conclude, I would like to point out that according to the manufacturer, all Tense watch pieces are hypoallergenic, adjustable in size and manufactured in Canada with Miyota Watch Movements from Japan.