“Tense (noun): A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate time; One moment in time in relation to another moment in time. Past, present, future.“
Tense Watches was founded in Canada in 1971 by clock designer Ken P. Lau who started his clock designing profession back in 1957. To this day, Ken brings almost 50 years of experience to the design of Tense watches. Each watch is hand-crafted in the Tense workshop in Vancouver. Being over 40 years old, this is one of the oldest wood watch brands in the world and offers peerless expertise in developing some of the finest wood watches on the market today.
Premium Look and Quality
Tense offer upscale wooden watches which incorporate a variety of different woods. The watches are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed wood and are powered by several movements such as the Rondo 6004D Swiss movement or the Japanese Miyota movement.
Their prices range from below $100 to over $450, making them one of the more expensive mainstream wood watch brands. They offer a huge amount of variety in wood types, colors and designs so there is sure to be something to appeal to anyone.
The Canadian outfit uses several woods that are not that common across other watch brands including American butternut, and Olive wood. Other timbers include sandalwood, rosewood, maple, teak, bamboo, walnut and zebrawood.
In terms of raw design pedigree, Tense excel in this area and truly offer distinguishable timepieces. The Katooney range has a hexagonal watch face, the Metro is circular and sleek and the Oregon is big, bold and Octagonal. It’s not simply the fact that Tense are making these watches to simply provide choice – each of these timepieces has a distinct design that will speak to each person differently and effectively tell the time in a unique way.
The Big One
Ranging from a hefty $1,159.00 to $1259.00 is the Tense Columbia Watch. It comes in rosewood, dark sandalwood and green sandalwood varieties. This timepiece features sapphire glass which is interestingly the second hardest crystal, only behind diamond.
This watch also features a premium automatic skeleton movement (i.e. exposed clockwork) that does not require a battery as it powers itself from the body movement of the watch wearer. Indeed, this watch showcases the brilliant watch craftsmanship that Tense is renowned for.
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