Barenia, also known as Novonappa, hails from Tanneries Haas located on the Rhine River plain in France. Still owned and run by the founding family, the sixth-generation tannery carries its extensive knowledge in calfskin processing through to its products. Having strong partnerships with high-end luxury fashion brands including Hermès, Chanel, and Bottega Veneta, Tanneries Haas also developed product-specific expertise, not least in the watch strap industry, where the Barenia and Zermatt articles are synonymous with beauty, comfort, and reliability.
The buttery-smooth calfskin has a mellow and plush feel, with just the right amount of rigidity and flex. Fine pores on its surface not only add to the leather's beautiful grain, but grant it the ability to catch the light at a range of angles. This results in a soft gloss which complements the mild patina that it develops with use and time.
While one would associate such features with the need for delicate handling, Barenia has not only survived but shone in its last 50 years' use in handbags, footwear, and saddlery. Such time-tested excellence would certainly do well on your wrist.