There’s something about a leather strap watch that adds an element of distinction when it’s on a gentlemen’s wrist. Perhaps it is the time-honored characteristics or the debonair, urbane appeal that both exotic skin and premium grade leather straps add to the look and feel of an esteemed timepiece.
Almost all of the very first wristwatches from the early Twentieth Century featured leather or exotic skin straps. Bracelet models were featured only on women’s dress watches and were later introduced in the 1950’s for both men’s and women’s watch styles.
Pre-eminent watchmakers Cartier, Chopard, Zenith, Baume & Mercier, Omega, U-Boat, Maurice Lacroix and Raymond Weil prominently feature exotic skin and leather strap watches in their assortments. Many watchmakers feature leather straps on their premium 18K gold models to offer more affordable options.
Luxurious leather strap watches are highlighted this week at TheWatchery.com with our Leather Time Favorites event. Over 75 men’s and women’s leather strap watches are featured in the promotion from many of today’s most highly sought-after watchmakers, including Maurice Lacroix, Raymond Weil, Bulova Accu-Swiss, TW Steel, Ingersoll, Egard, Swiss Legend, Lucien Piccard, Michael Kors and Red Line.
The Raymond Weil Maestro Automatic watch is an excellent choice. Impressive in design and craftsmanship, this Swiss-made men’s watch has a premium-grade stainless steel case presented on an alligator textured brown leather strap. An exhibition skeleton caseback lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside.
The raised polished steel bezel encircles the silver-guilloche dial with date and small-second sub-dials, blue sapphire colored hands and black Roman numeral hour makers. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 50 meters. Maestro men’s watch is 41mm in diameter and 10mm thick.
The Bulova Accu-Swiss Telc automatic timepiece offers time-honored elegance matched to premium Swiss-made precision and design. The rounded-square case in brushed and polished rose-gold tone stainless steel is presented on a handsome reptile-textured brown leather strap with a costly push-button deployment clasp for added convenience.
The stationary bezel surrounds the attractive black dial with a window at the 6 o’clock hour, luminous rose gold-tone baton hands and hour markers. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. Bulova men’s watch is 42mm wide and 13mm thick.
Understated elegance triumphs with the Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques women’s watch. Graceful and appealing, this Swiss-made timepiece features the perfectly round case in highly polished stainless steel with a crocodile-embossed black leather strap.
The striking black dial has a date window at the 6 o’clock hour, polished silver-tone baton hands and hour markers. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, premium Swiss-made quartz movement and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. Women’s watch is 28mm in diameter and 8mm thick.
The Michael Kors Hanger watch offers classic contemporary appeal for today’s man. The perfectly round stainless steel case in a smooth brushed finish is presented on a striking brown leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail. The onion-shaped crown on the case features distinctive fluted detail.
The round black ion-plated stainless steel bezel encircles the black dial with a 30-minute sub-dial, automatic date window, luminous sword hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include quality quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 50 meters. Michael Kors men’s watch is 45mm in diameter and 11mm thick.
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