It’s kind of a thing these days. The journey from chaos and excess towards simplicity and significance. It’s a shifting from quantity to quality. Many are opting for tiny homes over mansions, capsule wardrobes and minimalism over packed storage units. And, in my opinion, the best shift of all, moving away from technology overload and back to community. It’s putting down the cell phones and enjoying the dinner with those right next to you. It’s skipping a movie and lacing up hiking boots instead to go explore with friends and family. It’s the choice to live fully present in the moment mixed with a bit of a throwback to earlier, simpler times. These are a few of the thoughts that ran through my head when our college son called last week and suggested we change our lunch date to a hike into the woods in early spring to see a favorite waterfall. And that’s precisely what we did.
Into the Woods in early Spring
I guess you could say the woods have long been a favorite place for many of us. Both my husband and I grew up with a healthy dose of tent camping, trail exploring, leaf pile jumping and campfire gathering. Most of the favorite family vacations with our own kids have been spent standing in waterfalls, hiking, tubing and tent camping in the Smoky Mountains. There’s a refreshing mingling of familiarity and newness with each jaunt into the woods.
Maybe it’s due to a bit of familiarity with wood itself. It would be impossible to calculate the hours I’ve spent in my Dad’s wood shop over the years. The location has moved from a room in the basement to the now sprawling barn where we seem to gather for part of each visit home with the grandkids, kittens and a handful of calves nearby. It’s where I was initiated with the beginner’s task of correctly sanding a piece of wood.
Go with the grain, start with the low grit paper and move up to the higher numbers of fine-grit papers. Then came the graduation to staining, complete with informal lessons in which finish and application process to choose for the optimal finish of each piece. Somewhere in the mix of all these moments, a love for the smell of fresh cut wood was born. And along with that came a recognition and appreciation for the variation in grain patterns of each type of wood.
How about you? Was there an old table at your grandparents home? A prized childhood baseball bat? A neighborhood tree fort? A favorite cutting board that your mom always reached for? Or were you one of the lucky ones who grew up on the edge of the woods and spent your childhood exploring, camping or conquering imaginary kingdoms? For many of us, the ruggedly simple familiarity of wood is part of our story.
Jord Wood Watches
I first came across Jord Wood Watches last year on Instagram and then through several blogger friends who were sporting them at a conference I attended last summer. I remember thinking they were the coolest watches I had ever seen and immediately added one to my wish list. I haven’t changed my mind since, but I have added a few reasons to my “Why Jord” list.
Needless to say, when Jord contacted me to work with them, that decision had already been made. That was followed by the tougher decision of choosing which watch I wanted. They have so many watches for both men and women that there are plenty of options to fit everyone’s style. From light to dark woods, slight variation to well-defined grains, traditional to edgy face colors, basic to a touch of bling, skeleton watch designs showcasing the inner mechanism and chronograph watches.
And here’s the crazy thing, though it seems it would take awhile to get used to the weight and bulk of a wood watch, it’s the lightest and most comfortable watch I’ve ever owned. The fact that it’s both versatile and easy to wear will make it a daily necessity, as opposed to accessory with the crisp spring and warm summer days ahead.
In the end, I opted for the Reece Series in Navy and Walnut. Navy because my style is pretty classic and I plan to use this watch for years to come. Walnut because its deep rich tones remind me of the show-stopping staircase my dad rescued from an old building and restored in my childhood home. And then there’s the fact that the bulk of the walnut for this particular watch comes from cultivated trees in Eastern Europe, because Jord is committed to using sustainable and ethically sourced exotic woods from around the world. Having spent a few weeks visiting my brother in his home of over 20 years in Eastern Europe makes this watch even more beautiful to me.
As with many of their timepieces, the face of the Reece watch is made of sapphire glass. Sapphire is a colorless, clear synthetic crystal that is resistant to both impact and abrasions. Their website describes sapphire glass as “second only to diamond as the hardest and most scratch resistant materials on earth”.
We are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go.
Jord’s Our Story page
When you order your watch from Jord, you can use their printable sizing chart for an accurate measurement and they will send your watch sized to your specifications. My wrist is ridiculously small but when my watch arrived it was already fit specifically to me. No need for my usual punching of extra holes and then figuring out how to deal with the extra long leftover band.
You also have the option of adding a personalized message to the backplate of your new watch. They can even engrave a logo, monogram or handwritten note to the side of your cedar watch box. What a sweet gift for all the spring and summer celebrations that are just around the corner – graduations, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, weddings and so many others.
The Customer Service
Working with Jord has been an enjoyable experience from the very start. They are very clear in their communication and the minute you log on to their website a chat box pops up with a person available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Not only is the watch the highest quality I’ve ever owned, the presentation is impeccable. Each watch comes in a wooden valet box, with a drawer for a humidity packet to keep your new timepiece functioning at it’s highest. It also includes a cleaning cloth and solution for conditioning your wood band. They really understand customer service in a culture that has lost a bit of the importance of such a concept.
The Bottom Line
The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.
Jord’s Our Story page
For me, this quote sums up the bottom line. Other than formal occasions, every piece of jewelry I own has special significance. It was either passed down, gifted by someone I love or reminds me of sweet moments and those I’ve spent each moment with over the years. The quality of those relationships is of utmost importance to me as I want them to endure the test of time.
As with friendships, so to my purchases gravitate toward significance and quality over an abundance lacking in substance. I suppose the bottom line is this idea that permeates more decisions than I had realized, including which timepiece I consider to be a worthwhile investment. And let’s just say, Jord definitely has my vote on this one. Hands down.
About that giveaway
This post is sponsored by Jord Wood Watches, but all opinions and content are my own.
This giveaway has ended, but feel free to check out all the details on Jord and the Reece series using the links below!
Jord has generously offered a $100 discount code for one lucky SoMuchMoore reader! That will go far in owning your own gorgeous Jord timepiece. The giveaway link will run through March 26 and you can enter by clicking here.
In addition to the giveaway winner, all others who enter will receive a $25 discount code once the contest ends, simply for entering. You will then have until the end of May to redeem your coupon codes.
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You can find more details about my Jord Reece Watch in Walnut and Navy by clicking here
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And just for kicks, share in the comments which watch you would choose if you’re the lucky winner for this Jord giveaway? Oh, do tell!