Armed violence is a global epidemic with over 500 million illegal firearms in existence across the world, particularly affecting developing countries. Accounting for at least one person shot and killed every minute, the need to stamp out violence related to guns is imperative. Time can change that.
TRIWA x HUMANIUM METAL is a unique collaboration between watchmaker TRIWA and Humanium, forming a watch from destructed illegal firearms. Crafted out of something that was once a destructive force, the metal is melted and moulded to form something useful.
Though only a small step in this direction, the symbolic value of the TRIWA x HUMANIUM METAL watch will leave an emphatic message. The sales generated from the metal will be used as a financial resource to help rebuild conflict torn societies and the support of victims of armed violence.
The watch is moulded into one solitaire unit with a contrasting metal treatment of brushed and polished surfaces. Made in two sizes 39mm and 34mm and two different dial styles: A dark grey vertically brushed dial and a vertically brushed steel dial. The case is contrasted by the fiery red second hand, date and crown. Powered by a Japanese Citizen Miyota movement, each watch is 10 ATM water resistant and exclusively engraved on the backplate with the number in which it was produced. The TRIWA X HUMANIUM METAL watch is finished with either a Swedish, Tärnsjö organically tanned leather strap or a military green canvas strap made from recycled PET bottles.
The Humanium Metal Initiative by IM Swedish Development Partner is supported by local governments and authorities, as well as some of the most renowned international experts and peace advocates. IM Swedish Development Partner was founded in 1938 and has vast experience of working in countries besieged with armed violence.
“The watch industry is so focused on status and precious metals. With this most precious metal of them all we hope to add new values to the industry and make our contribution for a more peaceful world.” – Ludvig Scheja, co-founder of TRIWA.
The watch is available via a Kickstarter Campaign: