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Black Friday: 10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Stefano Bemer Handmade Italian Watch Straps (pictured above), are available HERE starting at $290. The quality of the straps is on par with the shoes of the same name that can cost upwards of $2500. No machine stitching, everything is made by hand in Italy. Only the best leathers are used – exotic materials such as sharkskin, kudu, elephant, and horse leather are available as an option. If you prefer contrast stitching, quick release spring bars, special sizes, just ask – everything is possible. These are truly bespoke watch straps of the highest quality. We hope you enjoy this curated selection of affordable gift items even if not all are discounted or watch related! Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Watch Roll $595 Stefano Bemer Brogue Hole Pattern Card Wallets $168 Topo Designs Daypack $169 Frederique Constant Analytics Clip $99 The Wristwatch Handbook

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Stefano Bemer Bespoke Italian Shoes, Belts, and Watch Straps

Jason Pitsch

Florentine shoemaker, Stefano Bemer, started his company in 1983 “with a goal no less ambitious than creating the perfect Italian shoe.” Starting by repairing shoes, he eventually taught himself – along with workshops and shoemaking courses – the many techniques required to make fine handmade shoes, and ultimately mastered his own signature technique. After his unfortunate passing in 2012, Tommaso Melani, whose family has owned a leather handbag business, in Florence, Italy (Firenze), based in a Monastery of Santa Croce since 1950, purchased Stefano Bemer, with a goal of maintaining what the founder had built, and further expanding the business around the world. Over the summer, I had a chance to meet with Melani, at his company’s New York City flagship, located in a penthouse showroom in one of the most prestigious sections of the Upper East Side. During our

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Victorinox introduces compass bumper and paracord strap

This year Victorinox added a paracord strap and compass bumper option to the rugged Inox watch line. The paracord strap was already available at Victorinox, but now it can be purchased as an accessory. Developed in partnership with Swedish brand Naimakka, the hand-woven nylon cord was originally used for parachute suspension lines. The military spec nylon strands can be unraveled in a survival situation to replace shoelaces, build a shelter or raft, to sew with, make a fishing net, or to make a fire. The paracord strap is available with an exclusive Swiss Army knife that features a special blade for attaching the strap to the watch case. Colors are camo, black, red or sand. As for the removable compass bumper, it was designed to protect the Inox watch from scratching and damage, allowing it to worn in extreme situations

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Black Friday: 10 Gift Ideas for Watch Enthusiasts

Jason Pitsch

For Black Friday, we carefully compiled a list of ten thoughtful gift ideas for the watch enthusiast, collector, or connoisseur in your life. The products we selected range from $10 to $525. 1- Crown and Buckle Nato straps $10+ 2- Worn & Wound keychain strap tool $20 3- Victorinox Classic SD Small Pocket Knife $20 4- Worn & Wound Cone Mill White Oak Selvage Denim watch roll $175 5- Italian leather VintageStraps $100+ 6- Caran d’Ache 849 ballpoint pen $23 7- George Daniels “All In Good Time Reflections of a Watchmaker” $43 8- Swiss Kubik Startbox watch winder $460 9- Loupesystem $525+ 10- Singe Malt Whisky $45+

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The making of Tudor fabric straps

This video shows the making of the Tudor fabric straps, which are woven by the same company that makes the Vatican robes. The material is much higher quality than a typical Nato style fabric strap. And while they look similar to a Nato, they do not have the extra fabric at the end, making the closure more like a traditional pin and buckle equipped strap. Moreover, the spring bars are connected directly to the straps, and secured to the case, as opposed to traditional Nato straps which are looped through the spring bars.

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Introducing Model 2 Horween Leather Watch Straps

Our friends over at worn&wound just launched their new Model 2 Horween leather watch straps. Available in three colors (Russet, Crimson, Black), two sizes (20mm and 22 mm) and made in the USA.

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Get Strapped, Buying Watch Straps Online

Do you need a replacement strap for your wristwatch? Or do you want to give your watch an entirely new look? Watch manufacturers make very good OEM watch straps, and in some cases they even outsource the job to leather experts such as Santoni (IWC), Fagliano (Jaeger-LeCoultre) and Hermes (Hermes, Parmigiani Fleurier) — to offer customers more options. However, if the manufacturer doesn’t have the look you are going for, or if you want something more affordable — we highly recommend buying online. A number of new stores have popped up online in recent years, making it easier than ever to get the perfect strap, without having to go to a brick and mortar store.

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