The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men As seen in recent years, implementing wood into a timepiece is one of the watch industry’s most significant new trends. Manufacturers at companies all over the United States (and beyond) have taken to the task of either making an entire watch out of wood — save for the timepiece itself — or using it sparingly as an accent. Though the current watch market boasts a wide variety of wooden options fit for many styles, few companies offer as eclectic and diverse a mix of wood-styled watches as the California-based company, Original Grain.Related: Customize to your heart’s desire with Shore ProjectsThanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign roughly three years ago, the folks at Original Grain found the means to turn what started as a passion project into a full-fledged enterprise. While some crowdfunded campaigns may woo the buyer with flashes of brilliance, Original Grain’s initial offering gave watch enthusiasts a clear cut opportunity to score a damn fine timepiece. A clear win-win for both parties, the company cruised through its 30-day campaign raising over $390k from more than 2,000 backers.So what makes Original Grain so different? To point to one aspect of the business would do it a disservice, as the company’s allure is literally a sum of its parts. Concerning the watches themselves, Original Grain offers three distinct collections of styles suitable for men or women. With its Classic Collection, the team inlays wood into the bezel and watch face while also implanting wooden pieces into each link of those outfit with stainless steel band. Others in the same collection feature the same wooden face and bezel but come adorned with an Italian leather band that exudes style.Then there’s the Barrel Collection, a set of watches that feature inlaid wood from reclaimed whiskey barrels both in its face, bezel, and watch band. As American as anything, these watches are of particular importance due to Original Grain’s continued focus on reclaiming and recycling wood into its products. A lifestyle, as the company calls it, that it continues to stand behind in an effort to differentiate itself from the pack. This is also why Original Grain partnered with Trees.org to plant ten trees for every one watch sold. Its goal in 2016? One million trees planted.Taking its affinity for reclaiming wood a step further, Original Grain even plans on launching an entirely new collection called simply, Reclaimed. With planned collaborations featuring reclaimed Jim Beam whiskey barrels and reclaimed wood from old Yankee Stadium, the collection will undoubtedly be a massive hit (no pun intended). Considering the source material for the wood going into the watches, it’s likely both will release in incredibly limited runs. Simply put, these will go fast.With a Kickstarter triumph already in the bag and a pair of outstanding partnerships on deck, Original Grain isn’t merely a crowdfunding success story built to fade into retail obscurity but rather one set up to last. It’s building a lifestyle around a gorgeous lineup of products and a continued commitment to the environment; don’t wait to take notice. This Luxury Watch Prototype was Inspired by Cory Richard’s Latest Mount Everest Exploration Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Watches Under $500, From Stylish to Smart The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It
North American markets look set for a lower to flat open tracking losses in global markets.U.S. futures were little changed as the Dow Jones industrial futures declined 14 points to 18,189, the Nasdaq futures were down 3.8 points to 4,458 and the S&P 500 futures gave back 3.8 points to 2,106.1. The Canadian dollar gained 0.29 of a cent to 80.12 cents. U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a slow pace of stock accumulation by businesses and a wider trade deficit, but the underlying fundamentals remained solid. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual pace, revised down from the 2.6 percent pace estimated last month, the Commerce Department said on Friday. The economy grew at a 5 percent rate in the third quarter. Oil prices advanced after plunging almost $3 Thursday to the lowest level in a month as data continues to show large buildups of crude inventories in the United States. On Friday, the April crude contract in New York was up 80 cents to US$48.97 a barrel. Crude prices have moved generally lower this week as the Department of Energy said American inventories rose for a seventh, straight week, leaving supplies at their highest levels in 80 years. Also depressing oil and other commodity prices lately is a steadily strengthening U.S. currency. A stronger greenback makes commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies and depresses demand. Metal prices declined Friday with April gold down $2.10 to US$1,208 an ounce while May copper was down two cents to US$2.67 a pound. The TSX looks like it will struggle to end the week positive despite a run of generally positive earnings reports from most of the big Canadian banks this week. Energy stocks were shaping up to be the major decliner this week. However, the Toronto market has enjoyed a positive month, led by gains in base metal miners, tech companies and consumer discretionary stocks. Meanwhile, it’s a big day for transportation giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Its new larger CSeries jetliner was to make its maiden flight Friday morning with takeoff scheduled for 10 a.m. Eastern time at Mirabel airport outside Montreal. The smaller CS100 began flight trials in September 2013 and the company says it will deliver its first CS100 in the second half of 2015.