The world’s first watch crafted from melted illegal firearms.
Stockholm-based watch brand TRIWA recently partnered with IM Swedish Development Partner, the organization behind the creation of the award-winning Humanium Metal material. Supported by local authorities as well as by peace advocates such as the Dalai Lama, the Humanium Metal Initiative aims to reduce the number of illegal guns in conflict-torn countries. Melted illegal firearms thus become the foundation for useful objects. Funds gathered from the sale of Humanium Metal also help to rebuild areas destroyed by conflict and to support the victims of armed violence. “Every gun melted and turned into Humanium Metal is one less gun on the streets,” says Ann Svensén, Security General of IM.
In this context, the limited-edition TRIWA x Humanium Metal watch truly makes a powerful statement. The time for peace is now. Designed by the value-driven watch company, the timepiece takes a stand. “The watch industry is so focused on status and precious metals, and our mission with TRIWA has always been to change the attitudes of this antiquated industry. With this most precious metal of all, Humanium Metal, we hope to add new value to the industry and make every purchase an opportunity for both our brand and consumers to contribute to a more peaceful world, hopefully one day bringing an end to armed violence around the globe,” says Ludvig Scheja, co-founder of TRIWA.
The revolutionary watch comes in two sizes, of 39mm and 34mm. Both are unisex models and come with two different dial styles. One boasts a dark gray vertically brushed face, while the other features a steel dial with a vertical brushed finish. Polished and brushed surfaces create a play on textures and light. At the same time, the bright red second hand, date, and accent on the crown add color to the design. On the front, the scratch-resistant sapphire glass protects the dial. On the back, the case boasts a unique number. Inside, there’s a Japanese Citizen Miyota movement and each watch is 10ATM water-resistant.
The timepiece comes with two wristband options. Customers can select between a Swedish Tärnsjö leather strap or an Olive Green canvas strap. The former is organically tanned, while the latter is made from recycled plastic. Launched on Kickstarter, the TRIWA x Humanium Metal Watch is available from $229 in the early bird packages. The campaign’s backers will not only own a symbolic design that takes a stand against gun violence, but will also help victims of armed conflict from war-torn countries. Photographs© TRIWA.