Wood type

Acacia wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Acacia wood

Color and Appearance :

Acacia is a common term which designates a group of trees of the “Fabaceae” family. Their main peculiarity is in their color: a gray-brown wood with cracked and cracked bark. In its natural environment, the Acacia protects itself on the surface by forming a silvery patina.

Grain and texture :

The acacia has bands of contrasting color in the growth rings, resulting in a grain pattern that resembles a ribbon with streaks of color.

Source :

Tanzania, Africa and South Asia

Information :

Acacia is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is considered invasive in some areas.


Mahogany wood

FL Watch Official ®| Type of wood | Mahogany wood

Color and Appearance :

A Mahogany is an ambiguous vernacular name which designates a set of tropical trees of the Meliaceae family , whose main characteristic is to have a wood of pale pink to red color, fragrant, durable and easy to work. Mahogany fruits are capsules containing samaras (winged achenes).

Grain and texture:

Mahogany has several different looks. We can thus find it dappled, banded, radiated, wavy, moiré or even curly. The name of the finish is also very often the texture with which it is associated.

Source :

America, West Indies

Information :

Mahogany is listed in the CITES Appendices and is subject to restriction. It is also listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and considered vulnerable. Its use is therefore very monitor and control.


Zebra wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Zebra wood

Color and Appearance :

Native to West Africa, zebra wood offers a striking grain contrast and an exceptional finish. Although the growth rings are very pronounced, the wood naturally occurs with coarse and fine grain patterns. Zebra wood is considered a luxury hardwood and is most often used in the application of veneer.

Grain and texture :

Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. The grain is usually wavy or tangled.

Source :

West Africa (Congo)

Information :

Not listed in the CITES Appendices, but listed on the IUCN Red List. It is classified as vulnerable due to a population reduction of more than 20% over the last three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range.


Bamboo wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Bamboo wood

Color and Appearance :

Bamboo is actually a grass, and the hollow reeds of some species can reach up to 30 meters. The bamboo for our watches is created by gluing sanded bamboo strips and then machining the new bamboo "boards" into links and watch cases. Care should be taken when sanding, but bamboo is generally an easy product to work with.

Grain and texture :

Being a monocot in the grass family, bamboo has no sapwood / heartwood or growth ring. The texture is very uniform and varies from medium to fine depending on the density.

Source :

South Asia

Information :

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Oak wood

FL Watch Official ®| Type of wood | Oak wood

Color and Appearance :

The Oak has a beautiful light brown to yellow brown hue. It is an essence which has a good material yield, which is quite easily machined, giving a perfectly smooth and silky surface finish. Like the Chestnut tree, the Oak contains a tannin, which is revealed on contact with water, which can create unsightly colorings or drips. In outdoor use, it is therefore advisable to protect it with a tannin blocker saturator if you want to maintain a homogeneous color.

Grain and texture :

This species has a medium grain, a straight grain, and good dimensional stability.

Source :

Europe (France)

Information :

Not listed in the CITES Appendices, but listed on the IUCN Red List. She is classified as vulnerable due.


Walnut wood

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Color and Appearance:

The heartwood of walnut can vary from light pale brown to dark chocolate brown with deeply tinted streaks. Secondary colors can sometimes have a gray, purple or reddish plaster.

Grain and texture :

The grain of walnut is usually straight, but can be irregular, especially in the burl, crotch and curly variants. The texture is uniform, with a moderate natural sheen.

Source :

Eastern Europe

Information :

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but IUCN reports that it is near threatened. This list concerns the wild populations of the tree: it should be noted that almost all of the available wood comes from cultivated trees.


Golden Camphor Wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Golden camphor wood

Color and Appearance :

The color of camphor can be very variable depending on the species and the growing conditions. The strains selected for our watches are light brown, with undertones of gray and olive green, creating a golden tint. The paler sapwood is not always clearly differentiated from the heartwood.

Grain and texture :

The grain of camphor can show a variety of patterns: straight, intertwined, and wavy can all be present in one piece. The texture is uniform, with a high natural sheen and a soft buttery feel.

Source :

South Asia

Information :

Camphor is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUNC Red List of Threatened Species, although a few related species are listed as vulnerable / endangered due to a population reduction of over 20% to 50 % during the last three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and by its exploitation.


Ebony wood

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Color and Appearance :

Found in East Africa, ebony has a high color saturation and a natural glossy sheen. Due to the depth of tone, the typically straight grain is not easily distinguished, although it is fine and uniform in texture. The hardness of ebony can make working with ebony difficult, so tools are regularly checked and sharpened to reduce pulling and poor edge quality.

Grain and texture :

The grain is generally straight or sometimes irregular, with a fine and uniform texture. Has a high level of natural luster.

Source :

East Africa (Mozambique)

Information :

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is reported by IUCN to be data deficient.


Sandalwood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Sandalwood

Color and Appearance :

Different species of sandalwood are found all over the world. Sandalwood oil has been used for centuries in cosmetics, oriental medicine, and religious ceremonies. Different species of sandalwood are used, each chosen for its unique and varied color. Red, black / brown and green sandalwood can all be seen in our line.

Grain and texture :

Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. The grain is usually wavy or tangled.

Source :

Dark: East Africa (Mozambique)
Green : Argentina
Red: East Africa (Mozambique)

Information :

Santalum album is listed on the IUCN vulnerable species list.


Olive wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Olive wood

Color and Appearance:

The heartwood of olive wood is usually cream or yellowish brown in color, with contrasting dark brown or black streaks. The color will deepen with age, with tones of gray and bronze. The olive tree is sometimes depicted with a curly or wavy grain.

Grain and texture:

The grain can be straight, nested or wild. The texture is fine and uniform with a moderate natural sheen.

Source :

Europe

Information :

This wood species does not appear in the Annexes of CITIES nor on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Rosewood

FL Watch Official ®| Wooden watch | Rosewood

Color and Appearance :

Brazilian rosewood can vary in color from a dark chocolate brown to a lighter purplish or reddish brown, with darker and contrasting veins. The black streaks can sometimes form a single grain pattern that is sometimes referred to as "spider web" or "landscape", very similar to Ziricote. The lighter yellowish sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Grain and texture :

Brazilian rosewood has a uniform, medium to coarse texture with open pores of medium size. The grain tends to be straight, but can sometimes be intertwined, spiraling, or wavy.

Source :

Brazil

Information :

This wood species is listed in Appendix I of CITES and is on the IUCN Red List. It is classified as vulnerable due to a population reduction of more than 20% over the past three generations.


Koa wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Koa wood

Color and Appearance :

The koa is a species native to Hawaii and is widely considered to be the most beautiful of the native hardwoods. Although softer than many of our used wood species, Koa wood machines exceptionally well and provides a smooth finish with a beautiful natural sheen. Depending on the harvest season, Koa wood will produce tones ranging from medium golden to reddish brown, similar to mahogany.

Grain and texture :

The grain is generally slightly intertwined and sometimes wavy. Uniform texture from medium to coarse.

Source :

Hawaii

Information :

Not listed in the CITES Appendices and is reported by IUCN as the species of Least Concern.

Kosso wood

FL Watch Official ®| Wooden watch | Kosso wood

Color and Appearance:

The color of Kosso heartwood typically has a light golden brown base, sometimes exhibiting deep red or purplish brown tones that fade with age.

Grain and texture :

The grain is straight to interlocking with a medium texture and low natural sheen.

Source :

Nigeria

Information :

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but IUCN reports that it is near threatened.

Maple wood

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Maple wood

Color and Appearance:

Maple is found all over the world, but the hard maple wood in our watches comes from northeastern North America. Unlike our other woods which use the central heart of the tree, our maple watches are made from the outer rings, known as sapwood. The grain is typically straight with slight waves and has a fine, uniform texture. Maple is fairly easy to work with, but care must be taken not to overheat the tools, as maple burns easily.

Grain and texture:

The grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Its texture is fine and regular.

Source:

Northeastern North America

Information:

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices nor on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Amaranth

FL Watch Official ® | Wooden watch | Purpleheart

Color and Appearance:

The purple heartwood comes from the Solomon Islands. The wood has a naturally rich purple color. The grain pattern is generally fine and has very straight lines. Although it is difficult to cut at high speeds, a beautiful and durable finish is created when worked correctly.

Grain and texture:

The grain is generally straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Has a medium texture with a good natural sheen.

Source:

Solomon Islands

Information:

This timber species is not listed in the CITES Appendices nor on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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