Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Hi Strap lovers. Here are some photos of the latest completed custom strap fro Rolex. It's a 1967 Swiss Ammo strap with bright Lime stitching and our exclusive 'Thick Curved Lug System' (TCLS) upgrade to give the strap an integrated fit to the curved Rolex watch case between the lugs. This strap is actually destined for my good customer Dennis's 40mm Explorer II (believe his maybe a polar explorer), but I wanted to demonstrate the intended fit, so I'm modeling it here on a newer no date Sub. I know the fit will be just as great on Dennis's Explorer, as the inner lug/spring bar geometry is essentially the same.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Hi strap lovers, I'm happy to share some photos of this newly completed Verona Gold Alligator strap made for a BR03, but modeled here on a Bell & Ross BR01-92 Carbon. I'm a huge fan of Bell & Ross watches and have been making custom straps for Bell & Ross watches since the very earliest days of Dangerous9straps, and this strap, I have to confess, is one of my all time favorite combinations. This Verona Gold Alligator with padding at the lugs, lined with Classic Black Tripon Kidskin lining and hand saddle stitched with our fine French Cable' Linen- Fil Au Chinois thread and featuring our vintage style flat PVD black sewn-in buckle, looks amazing Paired with the Black BR01-92 Carbon.
A word about Verona Gold Alligator unique and special tannage:
The tannage on the Verona Gold Alligator is really Cool - it's been heavily wax tanned and is a 'pull-up' leather, which means that light spots are created as you bend and move the leather and since the wax tends to stay in place, these crease marks tend to remain in place unlike 'pull- up' leathers that are oil tanned. The result is a highly vintage looking Alligator. Interestingly if you warm the waxes within the leather, the softened wax will tend to redistribute itself more evenly throughout the leather, creating a more even color, and slightly darker strap overall - until the strap cools to room temperature and is flexed again, at which time these flex marks and more vintage look will begin to return. Very cool stuff!
Friday, July 17, 2015
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Hi strap lovers. We are happy to announce the latest addition to our Dangerous9straps' Caribbean Colletion Alligators - Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia like the other Alligators in our Caribbean Collection are extremely limited colors of hand finished Alligator hides form our premium Alligator supplier - France Croco. Other colors in the Caribbean Collection are Martinique Bleu (sold out), Barbados Bleu (virtually sold out), Saint-Tropez and now Saint Lucia. Each of these have their own unique color and beauty:
France Croco is a Normandy based Alligator and Crocodile tannery whose hides are among the best available and was recently acquired by Kering (formerly PPR) a holding company that owns such brands as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQeen, Sergio Rossi, and Girard-Perregaux. We are proud to have France Croco as a supply partner enabling us to offer the world's finest Alligator skin available.
These hides were personally chosen by me on our trip to the France Croco Milan warehouse. I can tell you these hides are absolutely stunning in person - these photos barely doing them justice. One hide is slightly more blue and the other slightly more grey in color but either on of these will make stunning watch straps. The skins are small as 22 and 23cm in width and I'll be luck to get more that 8 straps from each so if you don't want to get caught out, I strongly encourage you to order right away (I'm still being contacted 2-3 times weekly about the Martinique Bleu Alligator from this series which unfortunately is long gone) These skins are hand dyed and antiqued by France Croco in their Normandy tannery by expert crafts people and each is one of a kind and entirely unique. Once these are sold out, I can never get them again.
Hi Strap lovers, I've been looking for some beautiful baby Pink and Blue Alligator for a while for my small but dedicated lady clientele and on our trip to Milan last week was lucky enough to find these stunning Pearlized Alligators at our premium Alligator supplier France Croco. The colors are bright and perfect and have a beautiful pearlized finish that I believe like our SuperMatte Carbon Alligators will be super durable as well. I think these colors will be a great match to both Stainless Steel and Gold watches and would look great with either white, matching blue or Pink or even our recently added Metallic Gold or Silver thread. These hide are relatively small as well so the scales would be the perfect size for ladies straps, which are often narrow. I know these are going to be hot sellers, so if you're interested in getting a strap make in either, please contact me right away!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Hi strap lovers. I wanted to share some photos of a strap that I build for a customer's Omega Seamaster 300m. This strap features Custom dyed Alligator and thread as well as our exclusive 'Thick Curved Lug System' (TCLS) for in integrated fit between the lugs, thick padding and is designed to work with the Omega OEM strap deployment clasp. This strap has been lined with our exclusive SuperMatte Teju lizard which is incredibly soft and due to the SuperMatte finish is virtually waterproof making it one our our most durable linings (To maintain the lining, simply wipe the lining with a soft damp cloth).If you find this combo irresistible, This actual watch has recently listed his watch for sale on Chrono24. The listing says 'On Reserve', but if you contact them right away, you may be able to still purchase this exact watch combo right away and without having to endure my long lead time to make your custom strap.
Monday, July 13, 2015
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The strap you see here is made from our Racing Black Teju Lizard and lined with a beautiful Green/Blue/Grey kidskin lining in a color we've named 'Pisa' and hand saddle stitched using our best fine gauge French line in cream white, I think this strap is an excellent combo with the AP Diver. Thanks very much to Stefan for allowing me to use his watch as a model for our first custom AP ROOS strap, your's is certainly our watch of the week!