Our side-stitch watch strap in Horween Natural Chromexcel is something that we are so excited to release. This leather is the stuff of legends - perfect feel, great character, yummy look. When people say leather, Chromexcel is the image that pops up in your head and Horween is the tannery that you think of.
The Natural Chromexcel strap starts off in a beautiful medium brown colour. This leather has a pronounced pull-up effect. What this means is that as the leather stretches, the colour changes. This is due to the movement of the oil and wax inside the leather. What results is a leather strap that wears and ages beautifully, with a rustic and vintage vibe. 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 a silver 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!
Construction here is kept simple. Two pieces of leather glued together, 3mm thick in total. The perfect thickness to give it enough structure, but still keep it slim. To secure the lug pins and buckle, the leather is skived to half the thickness and folded over on itself, before being stitched down at the sides. This keeps the thickness of the strap uniform throughout. The edges are burnished to seal the edges, which protects the leather from wear and tear, and water damage, over time.