A watch made from deconstructed illegal firearms

Swedish wearable brand Triwa created a collection of analogue watches made from Humanium, a metal made from melted down confiscated firearms.

There are hundred of millions illegal firearms in the world, and as a result, someone is shot every minute. In response, Humanium is developed by the non-profit organisation IM Swedish Development Partner, which retrieves and melts down illegal firearms from conflict torn societies.

The weapons are destroyed in accordance with national legislation. They are deconstructed and the wood is separated from the metal. The parts are melted in a furnace and casted into units, which are made commercially available.

Triwa buys the metal, and 15 per cent of the funds made from the sales circle back to the society where the firearms were originally collected and support victims of armed violence. The metal used for the watches comes from confiscated firearms from El Salvador, one of countries most affected by gun violence in the world. The firearms have been seized after having been used in a serious crime, like murder.

The watch brand refines and moulds the metal into watchcases. The collection consists of 4 models, which are available with a green canvas strap made from recycled plastic, or one made from organically tanned Swedish leather, available in 3 colours. For the dial, you can choose from vertically brushed dark grey or light steel.

“The watch is filled with symbolic references, such as the Humanium Metal logo that is punched on the case, the embossed indexes on the dial and the fiery red second hand, date display and crown center,” Triwa writes.

You can currently support Triwa x Humanium watches on Kickstarter, where already 10 times the desired amount has been pledged.

Photos: Triwa / Humanium Metal