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 polarity 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. It's a visceral experience.
The Fissure 8's watch shape was inspired from drawings I did at the fissure. There's a cone shape that extends above the glass and slopes back down to the face. The shape is a reflection of the conical shape that was formed around the fissure from the spatter of lava. The watch color is pulled from the almost black color of the cooled lava and the golden colors of the hot flowing lava. The hands form a small volcanic cone structure in the center as well and red lava pours down the watch hands. The Koa face reminds me of the random patches of surrounded forest that survived in a sea of hardened black lava...a truly amazing sight.
We use only the most amazing "curly" grained Koa from the Big Island...the most rare, beautiful, and expensive. 45mm is a great size that has presence but isn't too large. The band makes it one of the most comforable watches and looks good in and out of the water.
We focus on small batch productions so we can ensure the highest quality and that you get a truly unique timepiece. Our strategy seems to be working as our watches keep the running average above 4.8 stars.
...sure it's amazing looking but that's just the start of it's story. We source our Koa from fallen or dying trees from private ranches on the Big Island of Hawaii. The curly grain pattern is the most rare and expensive and we use only the most beautiful (and therefore expensive). The current log we are using cost more than my truck...and it's a pretty nice truck. I personally hand sand, finish, etch, cut, ink and assemble all the cases going out of our shop. Hopefully this year I learn to delegate.
Last year I personally made over seven thousand phone cases...that's not a typo. During those efforts, I've learned a few things more than how to relieve aching finger pain and the marvels of watching Netflix into the wee hours of the morning. I found the case that everybody loves...it's not too thick, plenty of bounce if dropped, gripies (that's the technical term) on the side, and a protective lip for the front side. It's everything you need and nothing you don't.
Check out the video below. The islands are calling...answer already. No really, this is all I got. It's time to pull the trigger.