Saturday, March 22, 2014
Hi strap lovers. I wanted to share a couple of straps (1 for Panerai and 1 for Omega) made form a Leather Swiss Army boot Gaiters. This is a really great leather with a pebble grained texture and jet black in color. The original finish of this leather is a sort of rubberized paint, which I think was intended to make the Gaiters watcher resistant for trooping through snow in the Swiss Alps and the leather seems also to have been infused with silicone or some such to prevent it from absorbing water. In any case it's a really great leather to make watch straps from and these straps are surprisingly soft and supple. The examples you see here are unstitched as per my customer's request, but of course, can certainly be stitched in any color you prefer. I can tell by the feel of this leather and by working with it, that these are going to be very durable and hard wearing strap in spite of their softness and so are a perfect choice for someone looking for black ammo leather with texture but much more durability than the very much older and sometimes for fragile German Ammo leather. These straps are made with tradition Ammo build construction with Tri-fold construction on the short side and the long side strap being lined with our vegetable tanned 'Nero' 'Tuscan Collection' leather, which is also extremely soft and durable.
Strap for PAM:
Strap for Omega PO:
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Monday, March 17, 2014
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Hi Strap lovers. I was so happy to receive these jaw dropping photos from Ingo of FineWatchBuckles.com of his newly arrived Deep Blue Shark Skin strap paired with his amazing Blue-Green fossilized Mammoth Ivory buckle. Ingo Woesner handcraft these and other wonderful buckles from Exotic woods and a number of other really cool material such as horn, etc. If you've not taken the opportunity to check out his work I strongly recommend you follow this link. If you're having or have had us build you a custom strap, I can't think of a better way to compliment it than with a unique hand made buckle from FineWatchBuckles.com. These buckles reflect the care and attention to detail that is the hallmark of German craftsmanship. Ingo's beautful buckle has been matched with a handmade Damascus steel bolt made by famous Austrian Strap and Buckle maker Ingomar Gaksch of Maddog Straps, this strap, buckle and bolt combination represents single minded passion 3 men who's talents that is pretty unique.
I just want to add some additional background on this Blue-Green Mammoth Ivory: This Ivory is estimated to be about 15,000 years old. The Blue-Green color created while the ivory has been in contact with minerals in the soil during the thousands of years it's been in or on the ground. The color is all natural and in the intense color shown here is in extremely limited supply, is precious and each buckle made from it in entirely one of a kind.
I am very happy to say that this strap is made for a new Kaventsmann Uhren watch model called 'Acropora', which will when pair with the watch represent the work myself as well of three really wonderful craftsman that I admire greatly and am extremely honored to be associated with.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Hi strap lovers! We're very exited to announce the arrival of more SuperMatte Alligator from our ultra Premium Alligator supplier - France Croco. We now have two colors on offer - Carbon Black and Dark Graphite Blue/Grey. The Graphite is just a couple of tones away from black, which is perfect for all you who like your dark blue to be nearly black. The feel and texture of these skins is just awesome. We only received 3 skins in Carbon Black on 1 skin in the new Graphite Blue, so if you've been debating whether to just, don't wait long. Here is a link to a slide show of the SuperMatte Carbon Black straps we've made so far.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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