Sunday, April 17, 2011

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau

Maikel Lau - a friend and well known Paneristi from the Netherlands - previously sold straps under the name LVL straps. Now that Maikel is continuing his strap endeavors on his own, he changed the name to Vissuto. I took pictures of five different new Vissuto straps. It goes without saying that the specifications of each of these straps have been carefully thought through, and of course the straps are made to meet Maikel's high quality standards.

Vissuto Nita strap

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Nita strap with sewn in straight GPF buckle

The first strap in this post is the Nita strap. Its color is mustard and the leather used is very supple and it has a very nice texture. This strap comes with a sewn-in straight GPF buckle with a hand brushed finish. The strap has one fixed and one floating keeper.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Nita strap

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The above photo shows the texture of this strap quite well.

Vissuto Vintage Mustard

The second strap - and one of my favorites from this batch - is the Vintage Mustard. The color of this strap is really very nice and according to Maikel the strap will develop a great patina and it will become darker as it ages.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vintage Mustard shown here on a Panerai PAM233

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The inside of the straps have the Vissuto stamp

The above photo shows the inside of the strap. The Vissuto name is stamped on the inside of all of the straps. The Vintage Mustard strap also comes with a sewn-in GPF style buckle.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vintage Mustard on a PAM233

Vissuto Washed Calf

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The Vissuto Washed Calf strap

The third new Vissuto strap in this post is the so called Washed Calf strap that's shown above. This strap has a nice vintage feel to it. The strap is 24mm (like all other straps in this post) and this one too comes with a sewn-in buckle. This buckle however is slightly bent.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The inside of the Washed Calf

I didn't take pictures of this strap on a watch but if there would have been an opportunity, I bet this one would look great on the Panerai 2A. Or on the zero.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The strap comes with a brushed sewn-in GPF style buckle

Vissuto Antique Gator

The second to last new Vissuto strap is the Antique Gator. A perfect match for the DLC PAM360 - because of its cream colored stitches that look great together with the beige color of the numbers on the dial, and because this strap tapers from 24mm to 22mm.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The Antique Gator strap

The buckle shown in the above photo is the original 22mm OEM Panerai buckle that came with the PAM360. FYI this strap is sold without a sewn-in buckle so that you can use any OEM buckle for any Panerai watch.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Panerai PAM360

No alligator strap will look exactly alike because the scales are always a bit different, but I really love the scales on this particular piece of leather. This is certainly one of the nicest alligator straps I've seen. The finish of the the strap is slightly glossy but not too much.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
The above photo nicely shows how the finish is slightly glossy

Vissuto Sienna II

The final strap in this post is the Sienna II strap - I've had this strap for a while and it's simply stunning. It's made to the specifications of the orginal PAV strap and although I don't own any PAV straps myself, I'm pretty sure that this strap comes very close to the original.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vissuto Sienna II strap / Panerai PAM360

The Sienna II strap is one of those straps that will really amaze you. There are quite a few great looking combos for the PAM360, but this is one of my all time favorites. It's just perfect. In case you own a LVL Sienna strap, the specifications and leather of this Sienna II strap are completely different. As much as I like the first one, this new Sienna II strap is much nicer in my opinion.

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
Vissuto Sienna II strap / Panerai PAM360

Vissuto straps for Panerai by Maikel Lau
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If you want to contact Maikel about his straps then send him an e-mail at straps at maikellau.com (replace at with @).

All photos are © 2011 M.Wilmsen

Related posts

Lau & Van Leijden alligator strap
Lau & Van Leijden Sienna strap

9 comments:

  1. I picked up the washed calf and antique gator straps - the ones used in your photo shoot. Very nice quality, and both look great on either my 112 or 351.
    This makes 3 Visutto, and one L&VL strap I own so far. All outstanding straps for the money, and I learned of them from your posts, Martin :)
    -Jim

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  2. That's nice to hear Jim! Thanks!

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    1. How can I buy the vintage alligator strap?

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    2. Maikel's contact details are in the text.

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  3. Beautiful shots as always. One thing, the link for the second shot of the 360 with the antique gator is wrong, it is 00019319 instead of 00019318 (took a guess and got a hit with that)

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  4. Hah you're right! I just fixed it, thanks.

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  5. Picked up TWO Sienna II straps for my 360 after reading your review. And i was very pleased. The quality of the leather is superb, so is the craftsmanship - right up there with the top makers! I think the Sienna II really matches the 360 very well, a must have for all 360 owners in my opinion.

    And to Martin: thanks for having this blog, love your photos and the great reviews!

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  6. Happy to hear that John, and thanks for the kind comment!

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  7. Martin,
    While looking at your site for the first time I was awed by the Antique Alligator strap by Vissuto. I just had to have one. Dealing with Maikel was a pleasure and the strap is superb. His craftsmanship and hide are incredible.
    I am in the process of ordering more straps as we speak.
    I would have never known if not for your incredible photographic talents, I am currently now reading your archives for more ideas.
    Thank you so much
    Stephen Franzino

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