Hi, I'm currently researching to get a custom strap for my Zenith Chronomaster XXT Open Grande Date. Here's a pic of the watch:
I'd like something I can use with my Zenith deployant:
Here are some specific questions, and then I'll post some pics of the strapmakers/skins I've found so far:
1) Should I get my strap padded, and if so, how much? I'd like something that's a bit more classic/dressy rather than sporty. Does anyone know whether the stock Zenith Chronomaster straps are padded?
2) If possible, should I get a strap that curves by the lugs? The stock strap that came with my watch extends all the way to the sides of the case. I want something instead that I can pull straight down and that doesn't flair out. But it looks like some of the strapmakers can do curved ends that still have some gap so you can pull the strap straight down. Thoughts?
3) Some of the strapmakers offer exotic linings, like eel skin. Do you recommend something like that? I don't care too much about what's on the inside of the strap, I'd just like it to be comfortable and deal well with sweat. Are these exotic linings just to be fancy or are they actually functional?
My search so far with pics:
I'm looking for a real gator strap and was initially was thinking of getting something with an antiqued look, similar to a Santoni strap and these other ones I found online:
I then thought that something a bit simpler might be better that doesn't take too much attention away from the watch. I still want to go with a "special tanning", but I'm thinking I'll pass on the hand antiqued look. I was first thinking of something in a lighter Honey color, but I've been enjoying a Mocha strap on the watch currently, so now I'm thinking about a darker brown. Here's the Mocha currently on the watch:
That is a Rios1931 strap...while it's nice, I'd like to go with a real gator instead, and maybe something that isn't so matte. I initially was hoping to spend around $200 or less, but after some research it looks like I may extend the budget a bit.
Here are the different skins and strapmakers I like from my research so far:
One that looks amazing is dangerous9...this Tourbe Brun looks really nice:
The dangerous9 quality looks amazing, although I'm a bit concerned about cost and how long it would take to make.
I found a similar looking skin called Corteccia at workshop Thibot in Paris:
Then there's also ABP in Paris...it's difficult to figure out colors on their site...this may be the sort of place you really want to visit in person to have a strap made, which is understandable. Here's a nice looking somewhat similar skin I think:
If I'm not mistaken, that strap MIGHT be made in the special tanning material they call "S3":
But I'm worried about ABP because it's tough to tell what color you will actually end up with, although I'm sure it would be high quality.
Anyway, that's where I am so far...any thoughts or advice certainly welcome! I'm excited to show pics of the final strap on the watch when I finish this whole process!