Watch aficionados have historically displayed the tendency to go for the biggest, shiniest options in the jewellers’ window, so it’s understandable that the trend for wooden watches would seem odd to some.

Nevertheless, with a carefully chosen ensemble, the best wooden watches look amazing, and if you’re looking to make more responsible choices when it comes to your lifestyle, and especially your wardrobe, wood watches tend to be a great bet.

Sustainably-sourced and FSC-certified wood, recycled stainless steel and responsibly manufactured leather all feature on our list, and some brands even plant trees or feed hungry children in your name…

LUX WOODS THE OAKWOOD WOOD WATCH

The motto of independent makers Lux Woods is “class with a conscience”, and at least where the Oakwood watch is concerned, it’s very apt. They’ll plant a tree for your purchase, and give a child a meal too; that, plus the option to engrave a name or message on the reverse of the face, makes this our best watch for gifting. But how does it look? Well, if you like a chunky, sporty watch with a bracelet strap, but prefer a casual twist on the traditional links, this looks to be a great bet.

WEWOOD KAPPA WATCH

 Not a far cry from our previous pick by Lux Woods, the Wewood Kappa Watch puts a twist on the popular link watch strap by taking the design and rendering the whole thing in solid wood.

With contrasting shades of light and dark wood for an extra dose of cool that mimics the gold and silver watch straps of yore, and three-dial setup that let you use your wrist furniture as calendar and 24-hour-converter, it’s a real statement option, and one that won’t cost the earth.

MAM ORIGINALS STAINLESS WATCH

This MAM originals wooden watch is crafted from FSC-certified premium ebony hardwood, recycled stainless steel and quality vegetable-tanned full-grain leather, the whole thing’s rather responsible, and not to mention beautiful.

Testament to the fact that wearing a wooden watch needn’t make you feel like you’re lugging around Baby Groot, the face is thin and lightweight, sitting close to the wrist for a streamlined look, and the face is totally fuss-free. And, we’ve no doubt that those of a certain disposition will love the fact that every minute, the second hand and top marker form a perfect line. Ahhhhh.