When you make a signature style in a top-in-class leather, you're bound to get a winner. This Signature strap in Navy Horween Chromexcel is what you have been waiting for. This leather is the stuff of legends. When people say leather, Chromexcel is the image that pops up in your head and Horween is the tannery that you think of. Why is that the case? Beautiful grain, smooth texture, rich colours, patina potential and that pull-up effect.
Navy Chromexcel is a very dark shade of Navy, and looks almost black in poorer lighting conditions. Chromexcel has a pull-up effect which means that as the leather stretches, the colour changes. This is due to the movement of the oil and wax inside the leather. On the Navy Chromexcel, it is not an obvious change in colour but a subtle one. This contributes to a beautiful variation in the colour of the leather. Also, due to the high percentage of wax, any scratches can also be easily buffed out with just a simple brushing or friction from rubbing. The pull-up effect fades away over time and evens back out. All this contributes to a leather strap that you don't ever want to take off from your watch.
All watch straps will come with our Delugs tang buckle and quick release bars, so that you can easily swap out between your favourite watch straps and not have to fuss about scratching your watch lugs. No one will judge you for changing straps every day!
Straps in the Signature collection have the whole shebang. There are a total of 4 layers of various material that goes into each strap, with each layer serving a specific purpose. From top to bottom, they are: (1) exterior leather, (2) padding, (3) synthetic strengthener, (4) lining leather.
All layers are firstly glued and pressed together, before they are stitched. Finally, the edges are finished with edge paint, which adds an additional layer along the exposed edges of leather and protects it from wear and tear, and water damage, over time. This also prevents the different layers from separating - an additional layer of prevention on top of the stitching.
Lug Width: Find out the lug width of your watch mode. You can do this by searching the following "(watch model) lug width" in Google. Once you know the lug width (for e.g. 20mm), select the 20/18 variant for the lug width. 20 refers to the lug width, while 18 refers to the buckle width. Our straps come with a taper because it looks classier than straight straps.
Size: Not sure what size (length) to get for the straps? There are two methods to determine this.Method 1: If you have an existing strap on your watch, measure the long and short straps, sum up the lengths, and choose the variant (Small or Medium) that is the closest to the total length of your existing straps. For example, if your existing straps measure 105mm on the long strap and 80mm on the short strap, the total length is 185mm. The closest variant would be Medium (115mm/70mm = 185mm). Note that this is still an approximation, and you should adjust accordingly if your current strap does not fit your wrist perfectly.
Method 2: If your existing watch does not have a normal strap (you have a bracelet on), you would need to measure your wrist size and purchase the strap size according to the guidelines below. If you are between sizes (for e.g. wrist size of 17.5cm), we recommend to size up.
Great design with the full white stitching. The lining leather is a nice tan leather, that feels great against the wrist. This navy color pairs nice with green lume.
I am very pleased with the leather. And the workmanship is flawless. The color is a very dark navy with a little dark gray undertone which I think makes it easy to pair with a blue dial because it is less likely to be a mismatch of colors. I also bought the Chromexel in natural. I only wish they stock a larger size. To better fit
Overall a fantastic strap. It has a charming rustic look and feel to it, which works well to add a bit of ruggedness to sports watches or to give dressier watches a more casual laid back vibe. The shade of blue on this leather is like a very dark slate grey with a tinge of blue; whether you see that as a more "mature" blue or a more "boring" blue is personal preference, but I do think it contributes to the strap's versatility. I personally really like the color in that it strikes a great middle ground between black/grey and blue.
I have chromexcel straps from a few other strapmakers, but the Delugs chromexcel strap is the most comfortable; not really sure what it is though, maybe just better construction and better lining leather. The chromexcel on top probably gets all the glory, but Delugs hasn't neglected the importance of quality lining leather either.
The stitching, creasing, and edge paint are all really well done. I ordered the chromexcel strap in two different colors, and there is some variation in the amount of padding between the two straps, but other than that the construction and QC is very consistent.
The leather is supple and looks to be quality however the navy colour is a bit too light and appears grey in certain lights.