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Wow this watch is gorgeous, but don't scratch the case! :w00t:
This watch is made by the German watch company Brior,
and the case is made of exotic Italian briar wood.
*Diameter is 38mm
*Sapphire crystal on both sides
*Crown fitted with a gemstone quality black cabochon
*Price is about $1,700USD
*Handmade German brown strap is made of soft, allergy free leather and is folded in a clever way such that no metallic parts are in contact with the skin. The result is a type of "leather deployant buckle"


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I almost didn't look at this thread!!
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Brior watches are interesting but I wonder how the wood casing holds up.
 

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The Brior Watch Company:
Trying to find the workshops of Master Watchmaker Holger Wecker is difficult by car, even with satellite navigation. Located in the small village of Kulmach, Germany, one wrong turn and you're on the grounds of one of the many town breweries, which is actually not a bad place to get lost.
Brior watches are the design, invention and motivation of Holger Wecker. The first thing to know about Holger is in addition to his love of watches, he loves wood. Not just any wood, but exotic, expensive Italian wood. And then the thought hit to merge these two interests into one.
The name Brior is taken from the name of one of his favorite woods, "briar" and the French word for gold, "or". As both a master watchmaker and a goldsmith, the name as he says was obvious. From the thousands of wood types known today, briar wood from the Italian region of Tuscany and dark ebony wood hold a special meaning for those who appreciate the finest materials.
Both are among the most desired and costly of precious woods. Due to their extreme hardness and an almost metallically smooth surface, these woods have been especially revered since their discovery. The master himself picks out his wood in Italy, judging them on quality and grain. Because of their long storage times, the woods are resistant to humidity and water, and each wooden case is fitted on the interior with a metal case capsule to ensure that the watch is absolutely water resistant.
The movements in Brior watches are subject to the same degree of finish as the exotic cases. A highlight in the collection is the Fin Calendrier, featuring an engraved and skeletonized calendar ring made of onyx. The Tarlo Chronograph features a guilloche dial with deep blue colors for both the moon phases and GMT indicator.
Another unique feature of Brior watches are the handmade German leather straps which actually snap in place. They are made of soft, allergy free leather and are folded in a clever way such that no metallic parts are in contact with the skin. The result is a type of "leather deployant buckle".
Holger began in 1974 to experiment with hand made clocks and barometers with wooden cases. But translating his ideas into a wooden watch case was more difficult than first thought, as the wood must be stable with little reaction to humidity. Further, it must be very hard, easy to turn on a lathe and to polish. His very first watch was made from Italian briar wood, very similar to what is used in the finest pipes. Later, as his knowledge of Italian exotic wood expanded, Holger added ebony wood and snake wood to his watches.

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skeletons are a beauty. housed them in wooden case makes them a wonder!
I think tissot has a wooden watch, quartz movement though. cant remember well.
 
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