SEC­OND SKIN

Leave it to these ex­perts when you need just the right look.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Full Immersion -

01 ATE­LIER DU BRACELET PARISIEN This fam­ily-owned, Paris­based strap spe­cial­ist of­fers a stag­ger­ing num­ber of op­tions for your ideal strap. Aside from the stan­dard calf and al­li­ga­tor skin, Ate­lier du Bracelet Parisien has leathers made from sea bass, pan­golin, toad, and count­less other ex­otic crea­tures. You get to choose the ma­te­rial and colour of the lin­ing, the amount of pad­ding, the shape of the end of the strap and whether you want it stitched by hand or ma­chine. www.abp-paris.com 03 CAMILLE FOURNET If you’re not ex­actly sure of what you want, play around with the strap con­fig­u­ra­tor on Camille Fournet’s lus­cious web­site. Choose from 16 types of leather in 57 colours, cus­tomise the width and even dic­tate the shape of the holes, then place your or­der. All or­ders, whether be­spoke or ready­made in de­sign, are car­ried out at the brand’s leather goods work­shops in Tergnier in North­ern France, though its very first work­shop was es­tab­lished on the rue Vauban in Sain­tQuentin, Pi­cardy, in 1945. www.camille­four­net.com 02 HUGHES LOW On our own shores is Hughes Low, who learnt leather­work­ing at Ecole Gregoire-Fer­randi, a Parisian train­ing school whose alumni in­clude Her­mes ar­ti­sans. Low makes var­i­ous small leather goods, from card­hold­ers to bi-fold wal­lets, but watch straps are his best­sellers. And that’s be­cause he takes no short­cuts. There are no pa­per or card­board fillers, just 100 per cent leather. The thread he uses is spun by Fil au Chi­nois, while most of his leather comes from a lo­cal tan­nery – both of which sup­ply to Her­mes. www.in­sta­gram.com/hugh­es_ hand­crafted 04 THE STRAP SMITH Fancy a lit­tle nov­elty for your ev­ery­day watch? The Strap Smith has got you cov­ered with a range of un­usual themes that use ma­te­ri­als from vin­tage back­packs, foot­balls and even sports shoes, to name a few. The man be­hind it, Rob Mon­tana, is the son of a leather­craft in­struc­tor and also has a pas­sion for vin­tage straps (check out those he made us­ing ammo pouches from World War I). Jay Leno counts as one of his many celebrity fans. Cus­tom or­ders are also avail­able, and all straps are hand-stitched. www.thes­trap­smith.com

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