I rarely wear a watch, but when I do, it is made of sustainably sourced exotic hardwood and does nothing except tell the time. No email, no FitBit, no bells, nor whistles. Just old-school hours, minutes, and a mellow, natural look. That’s why I perked up when I first heard about Original Grain Watch Company, which makes timepieces from FSC-Certified hardwoods from Argentina, Africa, Indonesia, and the US.
I’ve also never seen this before: for every watch sold, they plant 10 trees in Sub Saharan Africa, with the goal of 1 million trees for 2016. The planting focuses on forest garden programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania.
For the fancier man, check out this Gentleman’s Kit, which includes Jim Beam Black whiskey, a beautiful flask, and a limited-edition watch, made with reclaimed oak from Jim Beam Barrels. It comes in a classy gift box (only 500 units are being made, $499USD, available exclusively on OriginalGrain.com).