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 ?
The new Historiques Triple Calendrier watches are both suspended in Vacheron’s 4240 view from what the brand requires a “golden era” for watches together with these complications — and aesthetics. The 4240 was popular, and these triple calendar watches are said to have significantly contributed to Vacheron Constantin’s reputation at the time. While the original was 35mm, that would be considered very small for a modern men’s watch, the remakes are larger but stay moderate in size for modern tastes. In fact, both the 1942 and 1948 watches reveal exactly the very same measurements of 40mm wide by 10.35mm thick, water-resistant to 30m. Both the Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle Watches Replica Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 and 1948 watches also have cool (in my opinion) textured case sides which I will describe as ribbed, for lack of a better term. Each model also shares the raised “box-type glass” within the dial — because the brand’s info doesn’t create any further reference to the substance being used (and they do mention that the caseback’s screen window is sapphire), I wonder if they moved with some kind of mineral crystal to keep it more straightforward to the classic originals.The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948 comes at a more comfortable case in 18K pink gold with traditional lugs — also, obviously, includes a moonphase indicator incorporated into the 6 o’clock sub-dial. Besides the moonphase, both the 1942 and 1948 watches reveal the same purposes and base movement, with day and month at rectangular apertures at the peak of the dial, the date indicated by a “pointer” hand along the dial’s periphery, along with a sub-dial for the seconds at 6 o’clock. Discrete pushers in the face of the instance are used to correct the various calendar (and moonphase for your 1948) data.
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 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