The Leather District

December 11, 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STRAP

Not enough attention is paid to straps. As a matter of fact, people tend to consider them just as accessories and not as an important feature of a watch.This is probably due to the fact that they are detached from the body of the watch or that they are seldom a characterizing element.

Yet, if you happen to examine a fine watch without its strap you will realize that something seems to be missing. At the same time, you can notice how the appearance of a watch can change significantly according to the style of the strap matched, which can be either casual or traditional.

ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP

The manufacturer creating straps for Meccaniche Veneziane is based in the heart of one of the most important leather districts, Tuscany. The founder, Pietro has been working in this field for more than 40 years and has been able to convey not only his passion for this old art, but also his expertise in creating artifacts of superb quality

 

His strength is the trust he inspires through his work executed according to old techniques, typical of ancient artisan shops called “Botteghe”. The straps created for Meccaniche Veneziane are therefore excellent products, where the attention paid to details plays a fundamental role.

 

THE PRODUCTION

Straps are seemingly minor details and people can hardly think of the process leading to the final product.

Theå leather used by the artisan cooperating with Meccaniche Veneziane undergoes natural treatments, necessary to guarantee resistance and conservation of the colours. All the products are certified according to the Washington Convention for the protection of endangered animals.


The manufacturing process consists in a long series of phases: it is a long and fascinating journey.
Once the technical drawing has been approved and the prototype of the strap is ready, the suitable type of leather is selected and the procedure starts. One of the main stages is the split of the leather, which allows to obtain the thickness required. After that, the leather is cut, paying attention to its integrity and the features of the material , in order to enhance the appearance of the product.

Once the leather has been cut, and the core has been moulded, that is the inner part of the strap, the slipcover, usually made of soft leather, is made.
The next step is called skiving which consists in reducing the thickness of leather in the parts that have to be bent such as, for example the one that will host the pins.
By gluing the different parts gives the final appearance along with the finishes, which make the difference. The glue used does not contain any chemicals so as to avoid annoying skin irritation due to transpiration and to the contact with the wrist.

As far as finishes are concerned, the actions to take are various such as stitchings, edge dyes and many others.
Finally, after the loops and the buckles have been assembled, the experts in charge select piece by piece by matching the long part with the short one, paying attention to colors, porosity and the natural pattern of leather. As soon as the manufacturing phase has been completed the straps are cleaned and then examined individually.

At this stage the strap can be branded “Meccaniche Veneziane” and it’s ready to be worn.

 





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