The Fissure 8 Koa Wood watch was inspired by Pele's awesome display of power in the recent eruption on the Big Island. There's a great dichotomy between the complete devastation fissure 8 unleashed and the beauty and power of land being created before your eyes. The first hand experience is not something you can easily wrap your mind around nor soon forget.
For those who don't geek out on watches, the automatic movement is powered by your movement and has no battery...just the pure amazingness of springs, gears and tiny mechanical perfection.
Stainless Steel, PVD Coated (Copper Version)
Time, Moon-phase (29.5 day cycle), Uni-rotational time bezel
SR621SW or 364
Inspired by Pele's awesome spectacle, the Fissure 8 Automatic draws the inspiration of its shape from the crater created around the eruption. A raised lip and eased slope into the cauldron (watch face) are inspired from my drawings watching the fissure 8 eruption. The watch face stylistically represents the relationship between the land, ocean and lava flow...the cycle of life and creation in Hawaii.
When watching the eruption in Hawaii, you get the feeling you're peeking into the interworking of the universe...or at least our corner of it. The sprouting of land from the ocean, the greening of the lava flows over centuries, the drama and force of the eruption, all reinforce the interplay between the elements. The abalone, koa wood and lava colored minute hands symbolically bring together the elements.
For me, the design is a reminder of how quickly our time passes by comparrison...giddy up, get after it, and get to the fun stuff before time runs out.
Koa only grows in the Hawaiian islands and we use only the most rare and beautiful "curly" grained Koa. It gives an iridescence and movement to the wood. We hand finish all the wood in our small shop in Honolulu which ensures the face becomes the crowning jewel
We design our wood watches and hand finish the Koa wood in our small shop in Honolulu. We've focused on small batch production so we can guarantee the best quality while providing a wood watch that is truly unique and rare. We use only the most amazing "curly" grained Koa from the Big Island...the most rare, beautiful, and expensive. We encase our Koa in an equally worthy case using a stainless body, sapphire crystal scratch proof glass, Japanese movement and butterfly clasp.