So, I bet you are right now wondering why do I am reviewing watches in a Whisky blog… and it is a very cool question. I am reviewing Original Grain’s The Barrel watch because the watch is actually made of reused whiskey casks!
When Andrew Beltran, founder of Original Grain, told me about the watch, I was really curious about the idea of a wooden watch… so when I actually got the watch I was hugely and positively surprised. Let’s review it!
The watch is quite thick. I love big watches and this one is even thicker than my (fake) Rolex. On the hand it feel quite solid and I absolutely love the combination of wood with a cooper like steel ( espresso steel they call it ).
Also I really love the way the watch looks. It is really original… I have it in my hands and I am still shocked about it: A watch made with whiskey casks. This isn’t a conservative watch. The way the cooper-like steel and wood combines makes it very pleasant to the eye and really will make some heads turn towards you… and I have no idea why but I want a dram of Balvenie right now.
Although the watch has lots of parts of wood, they are all placed in steel in such a way that they don’t get damaged my usage. The rest of the watch is pretty solid and it weight a lot. I just love this watch, man! This is the back of the watch.
My watch is the Barrel Wood and Brushed Espresso steel, the one done with whiskey casks, but there are others that looks too truly amazing. Here you have a photo of my sun-tanned arm with the watch on it :)
You still have two days more to support the project on Kickstarter before the price goes up: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/originalgrain/the-barrel-handcrafted-watch-made-w-whiskey-barrel or go to Original Grain after that.