Wooden Watches: As West Coast as it gets

Dec 19 2017, 9:10 pm

Watches have been used to serve dual purposes: functionality/reliability and style, and while many today opt to go bare-wristed, a watch can still be considered as one of the most important fashion accessories and the perfect way to express yourself.

In the late 1960s, Ken Lau, a clock and watch designer, moved to beautiful British Columbia from his homeland of Hong Kong. Upon arriving, he was amazed by the landscape mother nature had provided him and sought to use his specialty in natural materials like stone and exotic woods.

In 1971, Lau founded Tense, the maker of high quality wooden time pieces, based out of Coquitlam, where they still operate today.

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Over the past four decades, Tense has expanded its product line to include five collections in both men’s and women’s styles.

All watches are made from natural materials from around the world, including Africa, India and other exotic places. “We only harvest cast-off wood that is deemed useless or disposable, and we never extract wood directly from living trees,” said Tense’s Frances Lau. Some of the types of woods used include African Sandalwood, Canadian Maplewood and Brazilian Zebrawood, giving plenty of options for just about everyone in the family.

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Each watch also uses one of the world’s top watch movement, Miyota 2035, from Japan and are all designed and manufactured here in Canada.

If you’re looking for a new stylish piece to add to your collection or are looking for a great, unique gift this holiday season, look no further than Tense, the original wooden watch since 1971.

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