If you’re thinking about repping your love of a particular brewery, you’re probably thinking of a sticker on your laptop or water bottle, or maybe something like a t-shirt or a hat. Well, what if you could have something that’s a little more under-the-radar, and bring something along that was intrinsic to their brewing process?
For those not familiar with Original Grain, they’re producing watches out of a variety of woods. Wood watches were quite a trend a few years back, and they are an interesting experience. They are often lighter than anything you’ve worn before, and having those woodgrains right there on your wrist, well, that’s a type of organic warmth you just don’t get many other ways.
Wood is definitely the key here. So, how did Original Grain and New Belgium collaborate? Reclaimed wood from barrels, of course!
Each New Belgium Chrono is a true one-of-a-kind, handmade with reclaimed staves from the actual foeders used to ferment New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve. The Wood Cellar is home to the oldest, continuous souring culture in the country, and these foeders – essentially massive wooden barrels made from French Oak – are the deciding factors in creating a superb sour ale.https://www.originalgrain.com/products/new-belgium-chrono-44mm
This wood is paired with a black-toned metal, which works well, as there are plenty of dark notes in the wood they’ve used. For the hop-head, you might say it looks like any other wood watch. To ensure that you know it’s something special – and using wood from New Belgium’s process – you’ve got that instantly-recognizable bicycle logo on the lower part of the dial, and special engraving on the caseback.
For those not up on their watches, the Original Grain X New Belgium is a battery-powered quartz chronograph. That means you’ll have accuracy in what time is shown, as well as whatever you might want to time with the chronograph (say, how long it was, exactly, you were out at the taproom). Between the steel of the case and the sapphire crystal, this watch should stand up easily to a night out.
At $595 on the price tag, the Original Grain X New Belgium chronograph is not necessarily like the impulse buy you grab from the corner store when on the hunt for the latest Voodoo Ranger release. However, if you’re looking for something for a guy (or gal) who’s the biggest New Belgium fan you know, this is a rather unique route to go – particularly when the packaging on this limited-edition watch (only 500 pieces) can be turned into a leather 4-pack carrier originalgrain.com
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Tech Specs from Original Grain
- WOOD: Reclaimed French oak foeder wood
- STEEL: 316L chrome stainless steel
- BAND: Steel band with foeder barrel inlay
- DIAL: Black metal dial with wood inlay
- CASE SIZE: 44mm
- CASE THICKNESS: 11.20mm
- GLASS: Sapphire crystal glass
- MOVEMENT: Miyota 6S21 Quartz
- BATTERY: Sony SR927W Lithium-ion battery