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The Artisanal Craft of the Griffon One-piece Handmade Leather Watch Strap

October 19, 2023 3 min read

The Artisanal Craft of the Griffon One-piece Handmade Leather Watch Strap

The Griffon One-piece handcrafted watch strap collection is a finely crafted piece of leather artisanship. Each strap is handmade from top-grain Italian calf leather, known for its supple texture. This high-quality vegetable-tanned leather develops a sweet, luxurious aroma over time reminiscent of nothing else. It is this “leather smell” that defines the quality and authenticity of a fine leather good.

IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Bronze leather watch band by Strapcode

The Black Griffon One-Piece Handcrafted Italian Leather Watch Band, with its Olive Green stitching, pairs beautifully with the IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph crafted from bronze, whose material gives it a vintage aesthetic.

Griffon One-piece Leather Watch Strap

The looping watch strap design makes wearing and removal easy without the cumbersome flipping and folding of conventional straps

To transform Italian calfskin into a functional yet beautiful watch strap is no simple task. It requires immense precision, technique, and attention to detail. The leather must be carefully thinned and shaped to achieve the ideal thickness and drape over the wrist. The shaped patterns are cut to develop the distinctive tapering design from 20mm at the lugs down to 4mm, integrating with a solid metal bead before linked to the the watch clasp. Hand-stitched wax threads in prominent running stitches hold each piece together while allowing the natural flexibility and touch of quality leather.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3573.50.00 leather watch band by Strapcode

The 20mm Brown Griffon One-Piece Handcrafted Italian Leather Watch Band with Blue stitching is a classic companion to the iconic Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch reference 3573.50.00.

Speaking of the clasp, its design plays an equally important supporting role. A single solid link of brushed 316L surgical-grade stainless steel provides the smooth transition from watch to leather band. Its elegant contouring adds to rather than interrupts the fluid design through the underside of the wrist. Most importantly, it prevents stress points that can damage or loosen stitching over time.

Griffon One-piece handcrafted watch strap by Strapcode

This finely handcrafted Italian leather watch strap from Griffon
exudes luxury through its vintage-inspired design and
impeccable craftsmanship.

Griffon One-piece handcrafted watch strap by Strapcode

The seams of the leather watch strap are joined together through
prominent running wax stitches sewn by hand, which have a
visual impact while also maintaining the stability and quality of
the material.

More than just aesthetics, function is key, the looping strap design makes wearing and removal easy without the cumbersome flipping and folding of conventional straps. This reduced motion extends the usable life of the leather. However, achieving the proper fitted length demands accuracy. Micro-adjustment holes on the solid stainless steel clasp allow for precise sizing only in small increments. Measuring one's watch and wrist is imperative before selecting the right option.

Sinn 103 ST Pilot Chronograph watch leather watch band by Strapcode

This Black Griffon Leather Watch Band with Blue stitching lends both charm and vintage racing flair to the precision tool-watch styling of the Sinn 103 ST Pilot Chronograph Automatic.

In the hands of a skilled artisan, what begins as raw materials is transformed into a true work of art. Each Griffon One-piece watch strap wears comfortably yet retains beauty through flawless execution of techniques passed down over generations. From the premium Italian calf hide and hand-stitched detailing to the fine solid links, no expense is spared in material or labor. The result is a one-of-a-kind luxury timepiece accessory that develops an individual patina with age, becoming a unique possession treasured for years to come. Through blending form, function and fine materials, the Griffon watch strap collection exemplifies what can be achieved when passion meets mastery of the leather craft.

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II 40mm DG2118C-S11C-BK  leather watch band by Strapcode

The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II 40mm timepiece is complemented by the 20mm Brown Griffon One-Piece Handcrafted Italian Brown Leather Watch Band with Olive Green stitching, ready for both land and sea exploration.

Griffon offers two leather color and two wax stitch color options, allowing for easy pairing and styling with both smart and casual dressing.

 

Written by Vienna C., images by Toni

 

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