The First strap was designed in collaboration with my good customer Chris from Scotland for his Tag Heuer Monaco. He was kind enough to give me free reign to develop a design for this strap that was meant to incorporate the square design concept the his Tag Monaco. Using square scale American Alligator I designed his strap with square profile padding instead of my usual high round profile padding. I continued with this design theme by choosing small square scale Alligator for the keeper. My first thought was to use Royal Blue linen for the stitching, but I wanted to tie-in the white sub-dials and markers and so instead chose 4 ply Cream White Irish linen and stitched it using very fine saddle stitching. I knew I wanted to use a very special skin for the lining, and had a very special lining in mind that would pay tribute to the beautiful blue dial of the Tag Heuer Monaco: ‘Deep Blue” Caiman Crocodile. Here I chose to break with the “square” theme of the strap and watch by using the very softest part of the Caiman skin – the Round scale portion, which is most suited to being used for lining. I think that strap turned out incredibly well and I really can’t wait to see photos of it mounted to Chris’s Tag Monaco. This watch is a really grail watch for me and one I hope to be fortunate enough to one day own. If I do ever own a Tag Monaco, I would want to wear it paired with a strap just like the one I built for Chris. Wear it well my friend!
The second strap I want to show is a newly completed black American Alligator strap for my customer Rey from the US. He had originally ordered a Dangerous9 exclusive Antique Mahogany leather strap for his Panerai 111, but after having seen of the exotic skin straps we’ve been doing decided to switch is order to 3 exotic skin straps instead. Among the 3 ordered was this American Alligator strap. It’s a really classic, but with a twist: American Alligator with Cream stitching on the outside and with a beautifully polished custom “D9” logo buckle (that’s the classic) and paired with stunning bone White, round scale South American Caiman crocodile for the lining (that’s the twist). This is really a great looking strap and a real design statement by Rey.
Both Rey and Chris’s straps are no doubt one of kind creations and designed in collaboration with me to create very special straps that are a pure expression our love of watches and the embodiment of bespoken luxury.