For Baume & Mercier, Chopard and Hermès, the interchangeable nature of the Linea, Happy Sport and Heure H straps is well established and each new season brings new creations flaunting a whole new colour palette. Other brands have however succumbed more recently to the vogue of interchangeable straps. A brief anthology of feminine watches that thereby offer several models in one…
Happy Sport © Chopard
Heure H © Hermès
Bulgari opts for color and personalization as a full-fledged style element with its Bulgari Bulgari Lady and Serpenti collections. While epitomizing the timeless nature of Roman style, these watches also adopt their owner’s changing moods thanks to a whole panoply of interchangeable straps. The new Serpenti models are for example sold with two leather double wrap straps that can be complemented by a wide choice of additional colors – why not royal blue or ruby red ? The Bulgari website offers an extremely convenient configurator enabling one to try on almost all the straps available for a given watch.
Glashütte Original does likewise with its Pavonina collection and its 20 or so colorful straps in leather or satin. The same goes for Jaeger-LeCoultre, via its Atelier Reverso. It is however the supremely feminine Rendez-Vous collection with its top-flight horological functions that reigns supreme in terms of elegant transformations by means of numerous alligator, ostrich or satin straps.
Rendez-Vous Night & Day © Jaeger-LeCoultre
All brands are jumping onto the (watch)band-wagon
Another Fine Watchmaking ladies’ model, the Blancpain Calendar Moon Phase by Blancpain comes with five interchangeable straps. Whoever said that Haute Horlogerie is not compatible with a joyful touch ? Nothing could be simpler than to remove the black satin strap and fit another in red, midnight blue or sky blue alligator leather, in order to enjoy a brand-new watch ! And how about the elegant and sporty Overseas small model by Vacheron Constantin, sold with a steel bracelet plus leather and rubber straps ; or the new Reference 7140 Ladies First Perpetual Calendar by Patek Philippe delivered on a gray strap, accompanied by an additional turquoise strap ?
Reference 7140 Ladies First Perpetual Calendar © Patek Philippe
Hublot has even added its patented interchangeable strap-change system to the name of several collections. Be it the Big Bang One Click Cuddly Cuff, with its leather and fur cuff straps, the flashy One-Click Pop Art, or the One Click Steel White Diamonds with its rubber strap, they all reveal a range of fascinating facets.
Big Bang One Click Cuddly Cuff © Hublot
The initials “JAP,” for Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet, founders of Audemars Piguet, look about the gong block. Audemars Piguet may in reality have made not just the gongs however, the whole movement: in those days, it was common for European watch companies to purchase raw movements from Swiss businesses and finish them for their own specifications.The watch virtually dropped into oblivion. In 2001, a married couple brought it to Lange’s headquarters at Glashütte to learn whether it had been worth fixing. A housekeeper they knew had obtained it as a gift more than a half-century earlier. The answer was not obvious. In a publication about the opinion that the company published in 2010, Lange watchmaker Jan Silva explained the watch’s condition: “Where there could typically be a complicated, delicate mesh of springs, bridges and wheels, there was nothing to be seen however a gray-brown, amorphous mass …. Only the larger components of the movement were still recognizable.” Silva led a team of four watchmakers that revived the motion to pristine state. It required five years; the dismantling process alone took three months.The see’s case was made from the industrial developer Carl Ludwig Theodor Graff from the Louis XV style. The front bears an engraving of the goddess Minerva; the rear is adorned with the initials “G.S.” No one understands whose initials they are. Contrary to the movement, the case and the dial had been in excellent condition when the watch resurfaced in 2001.
The Shine “Etoile” by Raymond Weil also features a patented strap-change system activated by rotating the caseback. No tools and no risk of spoiling your manicure ! These smooth and easy move frees the watch from its attractive steel corset and enables it to team up with a a pleasingly light black or pink Repetto leather strap.
Shine « Etoile » © Raymond Weil
Renowned fashion experts, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton have adopted accessory-style straps as a natural showcase for their timepieces. The classical RL888 is accompanied by a colorful range of leather or satin straps, while the French-based Maison is innovating with an interchangeable strap concept suited to all its Tambour models, including older ones.
The Tambour Moon and its array of interchangeable straps © Louis Vuitton
Smart bands from smart brands
Smartwatches naturally deserved to be customized, notably via their bands. The Modular 45 from TAG Heuer, Summit by Montblanc and Tambour Horizon by Louis Vuitton also appeal to women, while Frederique Constantin offers its E-Strap that can be fitted to any given watch in order to connect it. This strap available in several colors features a discreet connected module integrated via the buckle.
The E-Strap is available with a buckle in stainless steel or pink or yellow gold-plated steel © Frédérique Constant