The Luxury of Fully Handmade and Hand Stitched Watch Straps

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If you would like to purchase any of the straps you see here or if you would like me to build a custom strap to your exact specification, please don't hesitate to e-mail me. I would be glad to hear from you and would be very happy to work with you to provide you just what you want, built to the highest quality.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Roland's Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister Annual Calendar on Bespoke Armagnac Alligator strap

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I'm very happy to share these photos of my good customer Roland's limited anniversary edition Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister Annual Calendar on Armagnac Alligator strap.  This watch is a very special annual calendar movement, one of only 100 issued with the most complicated movements  Wempe has ever used in their watches.

Fitting then that this very special watch is paired with our Armagnac Alligator.  This bespoke strap features thick padding at the lugs and super fine hand saddle stitching with Ecru French linen thread to match the off-white silver dial.  Lined with Blue SuperMatte Teju lizard to match the blue of the moon phase subdial, this lining as well as looking great, offers extreme durability, due to the SuperMatte finish being essentially water/sweatproof.  I think this strap is just about the perfect combination and I think Roland agrees.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Great Photos form Vincenzo of his James Cameron Rolex Sea Dweller Deep Sea D-Blue

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Very excited to share these great photos from my long time customer Vincenzo of his Rolex SDDS D-blue on his newly arrived SuperMatte Teju Lizard strap with padding at the lugs and our 'Fully Integrated Fit' (FIF). The Rolex SDDS watches look particularly great with our integrated strap fitment, as the gap between the standard straight end strap and the watch case is quite large on the SDDS. I currently offer two options with integrated fit, our 'Thick Curved Lug System' (TCLS), which provides an integrated strap fit between the lugs and our 'Fully Integrated Fit' (FIF), which includes and TCLS and also is notched at the lugs bringing the strap width to 26.5mm at the lugs and then tapering back to your buckle of choice. This strap design was inspired by the Rubber B watch straps for Rolex Deep Sea and is very challenging to accomplish in leather.  Here is a slideshow of some of the many straps I have made for the Rolex SDDS.

I have made a number of iterations of this strap for the Rolex SDDS in SuperMatte Carbon Black - this version is in Teju Lizard, but I think the SuperMatte Carbon Black Alligator and our newly arrived SuperMatte Carbon Black Ostrich would look equally great.  This strap has been hand saddle stitched with True Blue French milled linen thread.  This strap also features our exclusive blue SuperMatte Teju Lizard lining, which not only looks very cool but adds extreme durability since the SuperMatte finish is essentially water and sweatproof.  I would expect a moisture-proof lining to add many years of service to any leather watch strap since moisture absorption through the lining is a great weakness of leather watch straps.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Newly Arrived: Saint Lucia Re-stock and Deep Blue from France Croco

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(Saint Lucia Bleu)
Having just received a shipment of new Alligator hides from our premium Alligator supplier Franch Croco, we picked this new batch on a visit to their warehouse this past May on the way to a family holiday to Elba Italy.  I'll be featuring more of these in the coming weeks, but for now the ones I am most excited about our having found the very last of the 'Saint Lucia Bleu' they have in stock, which was a complete surprise, as I had thought we had bought the last of that color more than a year ago!!  I've only got one small hide of this, so if you've been admiring this color, order now because this is really well and truly the last of their stock and perhaps enough for 8-10 straps.

Also, our newest color from them, this wonderful 'Bleu profond' or 'Deep Blue'.  I have been on the hunt for a dark blue Alligator for a while and I think this is just the perfect color I have been looking for.  I've only got 2 of these hides, which will be enough for perhaps 20 straps, so if you are interested, don't hesitate - as I think is also going to be quickly spoken for.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Summer Strap for Angelika's Two-Tone Brietling Lady J


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Our Friend Angelika needed a new strap for her little Two-Tone Breitling Lady J, the OEM Blue Sharkskin strap she had been wearing on the watch having been heavily worn.  We decided that our SuperMatte Teju Lizard in Marine Blue would be a great match for this watch together with cream White stitching to give the watch and strap a great summertime feel.  I think it's a great combo and with the use of our Carbon Black SuperMatte Teju Lining, offers incredible comfort and extreme durability.  She loves it and I think the combination is a great success.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Excited to Announce the Arrival of Shell Cordovan Leather for the First Time!!

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On our latest visit to Lineapelle Leather trade fair in Milan this past Spring, one of the items on our agenda was to finally nail down a source for Shell Cordovan that we really be proud to offer our customers.  I must admit that having seen many examples of Shell Cordovan over the years, I have never been that bowled over by this leather and had always thought that it was unjustifiably overblown by hype, especially given that the price can sometimes approach the cost of Alligator per centimeter.  But, after seeing the beautiful leathers pictured here, I've become a convert.

Our newest leather from our latest Italian Tannery supplier is also one of our most requested leathers. Shell Cordovan is famous for its wonderful waxy finish, depth of color and excellent durability. Our new Shell Cordovan has been tanned for us in Northern Italy using age-old vegetable tanning leather techniques and hand-rubbed finish to provide a depth of color that is unmatched by any other tannery.  The Quality of these leathers is incredibly good, the colors and finishing is absolutely second to none.  Produced by a tannery with nearly 6 decades of tanning experience in a region with a centuries-long heritage of leather tanning.  

Having considered Shell Cordovan leathers from other Italian Tanneries, as well as from the US, Japan, England, etc., these hides are the ones that Andrea and I fell in love with for the depth of color and for their beautiful hand-rubbed finishing. I hope these photos will show you why.  

Sunday, June 3, 2018

THIS JUST IN: SuperMatte Ostrich Leg skin in Carbon Black and Deep Atlantic Blue!!

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I have been hunting a tannery for years now who could duplicate our extremely successful SuperMatte finish in Ostrich Leg skin and we have finally struck gold!  This new Italian based tannery specializes in Ostrich Leg and Python leather and is capable of extremely fine finishes as you can see by the attached photos.  When we approached them at Lineapelle Leather tradeshow in Milan this past spring, about making some Ostrich Leg in a SuperMatte finish, they assured us that they could produce them for us in any color we desired and in virtually (for us) unlimited quantities.  Having received these results, I am absolutely blown away!!  These hides are bespoke tanned to our specifications, so these are finishes that are exclusive to Dangerous9straps and there for exclusive to our customers!

Flawless skins: 
Due to the nature of the SuperMatte finish, the skins used must be essentially flawless, as any imperfection or flaw in the surface of the leather will be amplified when finished in SuperMatte.  As a result, these Ostrich Leg skins are quite an expensive proposition.  We, however, think that our customers will find that extra expense worth it. 

Carbon Black:
The SuperMatte Carbon black is perfectly finished deep black with not a hint of shine and a beautiful hand that is wonderfully tactile.  This is the same finish that I so love that we offer in both Alligator and Teju Lizard. 

Deep Atlantic Blue: 
The Deep Atlantic Blue SuperMatte shares the same gorgeous finish as the Carbon Black, but in a deep blue that while dark will not be mistaken for Black and has not a hint of red, which is an issue I have with many Navy Blues - sometimes they are so dark, they can be mistaken in some light for black and sometimes, they show a hint of red or purple which I don't like at all.  No, Andrea and I searched for weeks for just the right color to provide a sample and having provided it, our tannery matched it perfectly!  Needless to say, I could not be happier.