BAND MATES

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - The Brief / Trend Report -

KEEN ON SWOPPING YOUR WATCH STRAP FOR A BRACELET, OR VICE VERSA? NO LONGER DO YOU NEED TO FUSS AROUND WITH TOOLS OR HOTFOOT IT TO YOUR NEAR­EST WATCH RETAILER. A BEVY OF BRANDS ARE MAK­ING IT A CINCH TO SWITCH YOUR STRAPS FOR A DIF­FER­ENT LOOK EACH TIME.

01 / VACHERON CON­STANTIN OVER­SEAS CHRONO­GRAPH

Vacheron Con­stantin’s re­vamped Over­seas line, in­clud­ing mod­els like the Over­seas Chrono­graph, has plenty go­ing for it: good looks, new cal­i­bres, open case­backs. Amid the buzz, one fea­ture that might be over­looked is the fast-chang­ing strap sys­tem. Wear­ers sim­ply have to re­lease a catch on the un­der­side of the strap and they can swop it for one of two other op­tions pro­vided (metal bracelet, and leather or rub­ber strap). As a bonus, the length of the metal bracelet can also be ad­justed by up to 4mm.

02 / JAEGER- LECOUL­TRE REV­ERSO CLAS­SIC

Jaeger-LeCoul­tre’s quickchange strap sys­tem made its de­but with the Rev­erso Squadra, and now the tech­nol­ogy has been ap­plied across the en­tire re­fur­bished Rev­erso col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing up­dated Rev­erso Clas­sic mod­els like the one shown here. One sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment is the pos­si­bil­ity of re­mov­ing the fold­ing buckle, which did not ex­ist in the old sys­tem. The brand’s in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Stephane Belmont says the move was partly in­spired by women, who love chang­ing their straps. Men, no doubt, will also ap­pre­ci­ate this fea­ture.

03 / CHOPARD HAPPY SPORT 36MM

With much at­ten­tion on the 40th an­niver­sary of Chopard’s Happy Di­a­monds this year, this lit­tle num­ber may just get glossed over. Shame, re­ally, be­cause it comes with a new in­ter­change­able strap sys­tem that al­lows users to cus­tomise their timepieces, with­out hav­ing to trudge to their lo­cal jew­eller. Black or white rub­ber straps are sup­plied with the watch, al­though Chopard will in­tro­duce new colours with the sea­sons – the sum­mer 2016 pal­ette in­cludes sky blue, sea green and bright or­ange.

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