Our suppliers are selected based upon their reliability and the quality of their materials. The natural materials used to construct our watches, with the exception of the battery-based internal machinery originating in Japan, come primarily from the vast regions of the Amazon located in South America.
The primary components of the watches are bamboo, tagua nuts, acheera seeds, coconut, wood, cow’s leather and cañaflecha (reed in English).
The woods used are teca, guayacan, puy, nazareeno, red granadillo and macana. The watch cases made with these woods come in various shapes. Teca (teak) wood comes in light and dark tones. Incienso is lighter toned and has light sparks. Granadillo has a reddish tone . Macana is a darker wood with a line and speckled design. Nazareeno is a purple wood. Guayacan is a creamy yellow colored wood. Puy is a darker brown wood.
Bamboo, known as the vegetable steel because of its mechanical properties, is one of the hardest, resilient and fastest growing plants on earth. The cases of the watches made from bamboo are round or oval in shape. See model RHCN5.
The coconut palm tree has many uses. The shell of the coconut is the part most used to make handicrafts. But for the shell to become a product, some preparation is necessary. The shells must be soaked in water until they have absorbed the maximum amount of water. The outside of the shell is then scraped or cleaned with a knife or spoon. The shell is later sanded until its surface becomes smooth and shiny. When the shell is ready, the desired shapes, previously cut from cardboard, are outlined on it. Finally, the shell is cut and the assembly of the handicraft begins. Our artisans combine the coconut with other natural materials to create unique pieces. Unfortunately we do not offer any more coconut models at this time. Keep checking our website for new models.
Tagua is the fruit of a palm plant found in the Amazon and a few other regions in South America and Africa. Known in the trade also as vegetable ivory, the substance is used as a substitute for ivory and has long been carved into handicrafts for tourists. Its commercial value originated in the mid-19th century when African ivory began to grow scarce. Tagua became a commodity of considerable importance with great quantities being exported to the United States and Europe for the manufacturing of buttons and other small articles. It was largely supplanted by less expensive synthetic materials, although the demand has been rising in recent years. All of the time piece mechanisms are made of tagua. Item RMCT101 has a tagua band and case.
Cañaflecha is a plant whose English translation is reed. This reed grows mainly in the Caribbean regions of South America. The artisans harvest it and dry it. When it is completely dry, they split it up in many sections for different crafts. They weave it into many shapes for a variety of products. You can see the cañaflecha in items LW1 and LW3.
The leather used comes from local cow hides in the Amazon region.