Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saddle straps and Nile crodile straps by Simona di Stefano

Simona di Stefano from Florence, is without a doubt one of the most famous strap makers for Panerai watches. I've posted about her crocodile straps before here on wristwatchphoto.com. Simona always delivers quality and this time I received a few of her latest creations to take pictures.

Simona Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM360
Brown Saddle strap by Simona di Stefano, on a Panerai PAM360

The Saddle strap is made of the highest quality and durable leather. The leather is 4.5mm thick but it is very soft and pliable. The beveled edges - clearly visible in the below photo - give these straps a very unique and stylish look.

Simona Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM360
This saddle strap strap came with a bent PVD buckle - excellent for the 360

The stitches near the lugs are another very nice design detail. The combination of the beveled edges and the softness of the leather makes these straps the most comfortable I've ever tried on my wrist.

Simona Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM127
Black Saddle strap on a Panerai PAM127

Simona makes the Saddle strap in a number of different varieties, a black version in 26mm is shown in the above photo on a Panerai PAM127. Note how these straps have no stitches along the edges which gives these straps a very distinct and classy look. You can order these straps with straight or bent buckles in stainless steel or with a PVD finish (showing in the first photo).

Simona Saddle strap
Black Saddle strap in 26mm

Simona also sent two new straps that are made from Nile crocodile leather. These straps have the same unique beveled edges as the Saddle straps and the same stitchless design.

Simona Crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233
Dark brown Nile crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233

Simona Crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233
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The photo below shows the new style crocodile strap in light brown.

Simona Crocodile strap on a Panerai PAM233
Light brown Nile crocodile strap

You can order these straps on the new website: www.distefanostraps.com or you can contact her directly by e-mail, info @ simonastraps.com.

Finally, here's a photo of my current favorite strap for the PAM243. Thinking about it, I've never even considered a stitchless strap before - and now that I've seen these in person and tried on a few combos, I'm just loving it. I guess it's true that pictures don't always do things justice. The black saddle strap really is the perfect strap for the PAM243.

Simona Black saddle strap on a Panerai PAM243
PAM243 Submersible with Simona's black saddle strap

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Simona di Stefano olive green crocodile strap
Vintage crocodile straps by Simona

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