Each of my watches carries a story dear to me, but none compare with the solemn history of each TRIWA x Humanium Metal timepiece.

This will not be a lecture on the rampant gun violence that oppresses innocents in Honduras, Venezuela and dozens of other countries.

The illegal firearms exist. The violence exists.

Thankfully initiatives like Humanium Metal and their partnerships with like-minded companies like TRIWA also exist.

The Humanium Metal Initiative works with governments and officials to obtain, destroy, and recycle illegal firearms into raw metal for use in products like TRIWA’s new watch.

TRIWA x Humanium
Image: Corey Foster

Limited, numbered, certified, and available only through Kickstarter, TRIWA is offering its Swedish designed watch made from destructed illegal firearms for $227 in either 34mm or 39mm case sizes. Impactful beyond eliminating guns, 15% of TRIWA x Humanium net sales go back to the origination of the recycled firearms.

TRIWA x Humanium
Image: Corey Foster

The actual timepieces are nothing short of marvelous. The early HU39 model I’m wearing is elegantly designed, easy to read, and remarkably comfortable after a full day of wear. The strap is nylon produced from recycled plastic, but organically dyed leather straps are also available. From the complimentary yet contrasting brushed face to the etched [Hu] Humanium logo on the side of the case, it is openly apparent that years of calculated thought and effort went into the TRIWA x Humanium watch design.

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Powered by the same Miyota Japanese movement that TRIWA uses in some of their other designer watch models, my test unit’s second hand stayed perceptibly synced to my favorite and most accurate Seiko over a 48 hour period.

Each of these watches carries a story of which few of us could bear the details, but with each Humanium product sold the next chapter gets brighter.