#BuroLive Episode 28: Hughes Handcrafted gives us the lowdown on leather watch straps

#BuroLive Episode 28: Hughes Handcrafted gives us the lowdown on leather watch straps

Skin is in

Text: Celine Yap

Image: Angel Hendrajaya

Hughes Low of Hughes Handcrafted shows us how to select and customise leather straps for different watches

If the showings at BaselWorld are anything to go by, then colourful and creative straps are the next big thing in luxury watches. Brands like Bulgari, Chanel, Harry Winston, Hermès, Zenith, and Hublot have demonstrated that a uniquely designed strap can really elevate a timepiece. But there's no need to fret if you haven't had the opportunity to acquire (or budget for) new watches. You can always reinvent your existing timepiece or timepieces by customising a new leather strap (or five!).

Give the old Rolex a spiffy red alligator strap or dress that vintage Omega in swanky blue goatskin and see how they instantly look a million bucks. Or just ask Hughes Low of Hughes Handcrafted for some really exotic suggestions; other than the usual alligator, calfskin, goatskin, and lizard, he has also worked with snakeskin, beaver, and water buffalo. He's also expecting a shipment of hippo leather — now have we gotten your attention? 

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