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When you think about materials commonly used in wristwatches, you tend to think of stainless steel, plastics, silicone or rubber. But husband and team David Gandy and MarQuerite Hamden want you to think about natural materials, minimal waste and recycling in their watch collection, Ecowrist.

They only use natural materials—primarily those found in the Amazon regions of South America to create the cases, faces and straps of their watches. (Only the internal quartz movements from Japan can’t be considered fair trade.)

Take this style, for example. The green leather strap comes from cow hides in the Amazon region. The wood case is made from Macana, a speckled dark wood also from South America. Other natural materials found in Ecowrist watches include teak, red granadillo, bamboo, coconut shell, tagua (an ivory substitute), and cañaflecha, a reed from the Caribbean.

That’s all well and good, but the watches are stylish, too, with a rustic, outdoorsy charm that only gets better as you wear them.

Suggested retail: $125; Call (347) 512-7423; www.ecowrist.com

 

 

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Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com