In the last part we talked about time fashion development regarding bracelet in General and the “standard” skin resorts calf and cordovan in particular. This week, we take a step up in price and exclusivity with the exotic varietals.
The most common and most used exotic leather town is the crocodile and/or alligator — popular thanks to its famous, readily identifiable and often copied pattern, it is a clear symbol of luxury and exclusivity. Of the two reptiles is the alligator King – the crocodile has usually a little less deep, regular and angular patterns, it is considered a little less fine and thus is a bit cheaper. In addition to the classic look with satin alligator or crocodile (whether in a two millimeter thick strips to a Patek or a sturdy padded strap for a sports watch), there are a number of companies that have tried to strengthen their brand even more with characteristic variants. Paneraifantasterna (who, with his fascination for the bracelet, of course, would be able to exterminate krokodilsläktet in no time …) like the “JV band, which got its name from the Special Edition Sealand Jules Verne who became famous and successful because of its innovative bracelets where the alligator turned into a rare interesting variant of nubuck which of course efterapats of a whole bunch of small manufacturers. The same applies to the so-called horn back band, named after the tough, transparent Chamber that sits in the middle of the alligatorns back, and as the market became aware of seriously when Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore was released with special editions of the spectacular band (as Safari, Navy and Volcano). Last out of the brand’s characteristic variations of our largest reptile is Hublot, which combined the alligator and his trademark rubber flavor “gummy croc” where the skin is simply sewn on a base of natural rubber. When the IWC last year unveiled its new Portofino wanted to give a little extra Italian feel to the bells-the solution was to let the Santoni contribute with a little flair in the form of alligator bracelet with the brand’s typical and deep finish.
Also a reptile but clearly less is the lizard, in tejufamiljen gladly used as leather for comfort strap – typically is the small pattern, the thin and smooth the skin and usually an elegant glossy finish. Ödlebanden makes itself very well to neater kostymklockor and is also not very expensive. For those looking for a little more attention can perhaps be an idea the snake; popular particularly among customtillverkare who takes out the turns a little bit extra, but also available on watches from French Yonger & Bresson.
Something more established is ostrich leather that has almost become a signature look for Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso in General and, in particular, and that is on a light Board with blued hands are huge good looking in his honungsbruna “base model”. The ostrich has a soft and smooth surface, smooth skins and, not least, a typical pattern with dots and is suitable for many different watches depending on performance. Another band that is typical for a manufacturer is shark band made immortal by mainly Breitling – with a wrinkled surface and good water resistance (otherwise would be scandal …) it is popular, not least on the outdoor sportier watches from Localtimezone.
IWC with Santoni-band
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso with strap in ostrich leather
Panerai 249 on Alligator band
IWC with ödleband
Breitling with hajband
Audermars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with hornback-band.
Hublot Gummy Croc
Panerai Jules Vernes
Panerai Jules Verne’s band
Yonger & Bresson with ormband