I've always found the Max Bill a very hard watch to dress down and inject with playfulness. After many failed attempts with different straps, I decided I would take things into my own hands and custom make a strap for it.
I signed up for a leather making workshop here in HK with the expressed goal of making a watch strap with character for the MB and below are the fruits of 9 hours of labour (and also plenty of patient assistance from the instructor!! Full credit where it's due)
What I learnt about the straps for this watch in this process is the following (and these are my opinion only):
- dressier style straps suit it better (eg. Avoid two switch straps, stick to finer leathers)
- at least for my skin colour, a darker coloured strap is a better match
- keep it simple (eg. Match the colour of the stitching to the leather, or at most, only use white contrast stitching)
- looks better with a 4mm taper (eg. 16mm at the buckle ends. Vintage vibes, baby. Groovy)
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this. The whole process took a total of 9 hours over two Saturdays and I certainly have a vastly enhanced appreciation for just how difficult and labour intensive these small handmade leather goods are.