Christopher Clarke for Black Bough handmade chocolate brown stirrup hide watch strap
With a rich chocolate brown colour and lovely buff finish, these straps are wonderfully supple and extremely comfortable to wear. Handmade in Shropshire using the finest Stirrup Hide leather, sourced from an English tannery, these wristwatch straps are oak bark tanned. Vegetable tanning is the historic and traditional method of making the leather durable and involves steeping animal skins in a succession of pits filled with tanning liquor, this is derived from natural plant materials such as oak bark, sumac or mimosa. The process can take months or even years and leaves the leather with a slightly open texture which allows the leather to change with age, developing its own patination and suppleness. Today, only around 4% of leather worldwide is tanned in this way.
The buckle and fixed ‘keep’ are hand sewn onto the strap using linen thread coated with beeswax. The straps are reinforced at the case ends using carbon fibre and linen for strength. Kangaroo leather is used for the linings. Kangaroo is very strong, due partly to the fibres being nearly parallel to the surface and partly caused by the harsh conditions the animals are exposed to, the skin being very low in fat which causes few voids during the tanning process, making the leather dense. All the grain on the surface of the different leathers is the natural texture of the skin. Leathers with embossed (artificial) grains are not used.
Tongue side: 120mm
Buckle side (excluding buckle) : 80mm
Straps with a lug gauge of 16mm are 5mm shorter: Tongue 115mm, Buckle 75mm
Thickness approx: 2mm
Buckles – straps are parallel therefore buckle widths match the lug gauges.
All straps are supplied with a pair of spring bars
The watches shown in the photographs are for illustrative purposes only