Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OVI Watch – Eco Friendly, Handmade Hardwood Watches from Latvia

OVI Watch, established by three social entrepreneurs from Latvia has recently launched a crowd-funding platform Indiegogo to manufacture unique hardwood watches and to fight deforestation in Latvia.

Behind OVI Watch are Davis Paipa, Gvido Asns and Zintis Sintceris: three social entrepreneurs and watch enthusiasts from Liepaja.  OVI Watch concept includes manufacturing high quality, handmade hardwood watches from environmentally friendly materials.  Part of the proceeds from every watch sold will go towards planting a new tree to fight deforestation.
Within the past half-a-year, Davis, Gvido and Zintis have developed the first prototypes and a brand identity to launch their crowd-funding campaign, which, they hope, will set the business off.  The goals are to raise 12,000 Euros for new production equipment and to increase brand visibility.

Wood is the number one export good in Latvia,appreciated globally. It is used in many creative design objects, but has never been applied in high quality watch making. Realizing a free niche in their favorite industry, founders of OVI Watch knew that they have to take a chance.
OVI watches are made from four different sorts of wood: Cherry, Nut Tree, Elm and Teak that vary in tone and density.  All timepieces feature authentic calf leather straps, natural hardwood cases, Swiss made movement and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass. To surprise someone special, OVI Watch offers handmade carvings with an individual message.
Founders of OVI Watch have succeeded in combining design and quality with comfort and functionality. The timepieces are tasteful, durable, and they weigh only 20 grams, which make them the perfect accessories for everyday use.
One of the most significant OVI Watch concept ideas is to give back to the nature. In 2014, Latvia was the only European Union Member State to export more than 1 million tonnes of wood pellets, contributing to both – economy and deforestation. Deforestation is an urgent environmental issue, which requires attention and action. Therefore, part of the proceeds from every OVI Watch sold will go towards planting a new tree to fight deforestation in Latvia. 

Price starts from $79
Date of Delivery: Jun 2016
Link to OVI Watch crowd funding campaign:

Technical details
42mm casing crafted from natural hardwood
Swiss made movement: Ronda, caliber 762 3H
Highly scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass
10.5 mm thick case include glass
Genuine calf leather strap, which locks inside of the watch
Steel waterproof crowns
Stainless steel screws and threads
Case and back is finished with high quality matt varnish

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