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.