Tempus Watches makes wood-cased watches – naturally a classy material, but not one Iâ€™d normally associate with watchmaking. However somehow, they pull it off – basically. The Tempus Classico is an affordable wooden twist on a modern, simple bracelet watch. Itâ€™s a wood-linked, quarts ticker which you get to oil periodically.. for freshness.
â€œStyle and uniqueness wrapped into one with the TEMPUSÂ® Classico Two-Tone. This menâ€™s dress watch exudes class with silver numerals on the face to go with any business-casual wear or suit. The two-tone black sandalwood and rosewood design is class with a hint of rebelliousness, and made from 100% reclaimed wood. Handcrafted by our skilled artisans, this timepiece will be a head turner at all social gatherings.â€
In Summary: The Tempus Classico is a quirky, interesting, and relatively affordable watch that makes a great conversation piece. Itâ€™s not likely to be super durable, and wonâ€™t last generations. It wonâ€™t go sleekly with every outfit, but it will enhance any outfit with its individual interest. Grab it to make an interesting impression and an immediate conversation piece – but maybe not as an every day knock-around or high end impression.
Itâ€™s pretty cool that they were able to pull off a wooden linked bracelet with a degree of precision and quality. The links are cool, and remain fairly flexible. Given that this thing is made of wood, Iâ€™m actually surprisingly happy with the finish of it. The dial is simple, and the oversized Tempus logo adds a bit of intrigue – although for me at the cost of a bit of svelteness.
Fit and Finish
The wood linked bracelet works, and the wood case adequately houses the basic quartz movement. However, Iâ€™m unsure how long this tight package will last – with the wood enclosing the movement, any swelling will make the internal capsule loose, and any shrinking could crack the case. So, weâ€™ll see how it fares with a bit of longer term usage.
Luckily, the clasp is made of metal, and has a secure locking mechanism – so unless a link cracks, this thing will stay on your wrist.
On the Wrist
On the wrist, it feels pretty good. The wood naturally smooths out a bit after youâ€™ve worn it for a bit, and itâ€™s relatively lightweight for its size – I credit that to the somewhat low-end quarts movement. That said, Iâ€™d take an accurate lower end quartz movement over a shitty and inaccurate automatic movement almost any day, save for a few circumstances.
The watch really does turn heads, but only for a moment. People love to check out the watch, and I love taking it off to let them wear it and feel it. The dial is big and easy to read, and the style goes with a bunch of styles- mostly by virtue of being quirky and exotic, rather than sleek and fashionable.
Obviously, the wood bracelet. Iâ€™d say besides this big feature, thereâ€™s not a ton else to the watch. That wood those is cool!
The one big concern I have is in maintaining the finish and quality of the wood. How about including a little mad of lemon oil or some other maintenance items?
- Beautiful two-tone rosewood and black sandalwood design for the perfect mix of class and rebelliousness
- GL30 Analog Quartz Movement
- Organic and bio-degradable
- Handcrafted by skilled artisans from 100% all-natural sandalwood
- This unique conversation piece is designed for a formal setting, to keep you looking stylish and unique.
- Wood Material: Black Sandalwood
- Case Diameter: 45mm
- Case Thickness: 10mm
- Crystal: Mineral
- Band Material: Wood
- Band Width: 18mm
- Band Length: 75mm to 175mm (adjustment maybe required)
- Movement: GL30
- Clasp:Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety
- Return within 30 Days
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