New Di Stefano StrapsThis time Simona sent me a number of her other new creations. I'm starting with the Gamekeeper straps. The below photo shows the standard (brown) version on the left and the mustard version on the right.
Simona di Stefano Gamekeeper straps
The Gamekeeper strap has great looking and unique texture. The leather is exceptionally comfortable. As always, the quality of these straps is just great. The straps are clearly made with great eye for detail. The photo below shows the Mustard Gamekeeper strap on a Panerai PAM360. I like how the color matches with the color of the indices on the dial of this watch. I received this strap with a black PVD buckle but it can of course be ordered with other buckles as well.
The Mustard Gamekeeper strap on a Panerai PAM360
The standard version of the Gamekeeper is brown with beige stitches. If you own a Simona strap yourself, you'll probably notice that the strap in these pictures has a new style screw-in buckle.
Shown here on a Panerai PAM00002 (2A)
Simona di Stefano Gamekeeper
Next up are two alligator straps, a burgundy strap in 24mm and a light gray gator strap in 26mm for 47mm Panerai watches.
Burgundy and light gray alligator straps
The inside of the straps have the Simona di Stefano Firenze logo embossed. I own several alligator straps that I bought from Simona over the years and I still believe that no one makes better alligator straps. In my opinion, her gators have the perfect balance between formal and casual looking straps, especially the cut edge versions.
The company logo on the inside of the straps
Below are a few photos of the light gray gator strap mounted on a Panerai PAM127 aka Fiddy. The sample in these pictures came with a bent brushed steel buckle.
Light gray gator on a Panerai PAM127
The edges are so-called "cut edges" as opposed to rolled edges. Gator straps with rolled edges are generally a bit more expensive because it requires more work and more hide, but I personally prefer the cut edges.
This version came with a bent brushed steel buckle
Gator straps come in many varieties and with different finishes. The light gray gator has a semi gloss finish.
The strap has a great semi gloss finish
The next strap is called Mosaic. The leather of these straps is truly amazing, very supple and comfortable on the wrist with a great texture. The picture below shows two different Mosaic straps, the one on the left is called Mosaic Gold and the one next to it is called Mosaic Stone. If you scroll down you'll see that there's also a version called Mosaic Plum and another one which is called Mosaic Blue.
The Mosaic Gold (L) and the Mosaic Stone
The Mosaic Gold is my favorite of the straps in this post. I just love how it looks on the PAM360. Perfect. Like the other straps, you can order these with any buckle in any finish - screw in or sewn in.
Mosaic Gold on a Panerai PAM360
Mosaic Gold with a PVD buckle
Here's a last picture of the Mosaic Gold on the PAM360.
Mosaic Gold - my personal favorite
The strap on the PAM233 below is yet another version of the Mosaic strap, it's called Mosaic Plum.
Mosaic Plum on a Panerai PAM233
Mosaic Plum with a brushed steel buckle
The Mosaic Stone has a very nice light color, one that you don't see often. Great for Summer.
The Mosaic Stone shown here on the PAM360
Mosaic Stone - click the photos for a larger version
The last Mosaic strap in this post in the blue version shown below. If I still had my PAM252 North Pole - with its blue dial, I would have definitely wanted to buy this strap. I can imagine that it will also make a great combination with a PAM87.
The Mosaic strap in blue
Hand stitched strapsThe last two top quality straps in this post are hand stitched straps. The one showing in the first picture is called Rooster Cogburn - True Grit and the second one is called Polar Expedition.
Note that these (True Grit and Polar Expedition) are limited and available while stock lasts only. The reason for this is that Steve Bell - who has worked together with Simona - has taken on a full time job. As a result, it is not possible for him to be involved in the complicated production process of these hand stitched straps anymore. I'm going to take the opportunity to thank Steve for all he has done for Di Stefano Straps, Simona and us strap buyers. Thank you Steve, it was always a pleasure dealing with you.
I haven't taken any pictures of these straps mounted on a watch, but I think that the photos clearly show the amazing quality of the leather. The one below is actually the softest strap of all the straps in this post.
Rooster Cogburn - True Grit
The final photo shows the new Polar Expedition strap. The one shown below is 26mm - for 47mm Panerai watches. Like the strap above, this is a hand stitched strap made from the best quality leather.
Polar Expedition strap
There are a few more photos available on www.paneristipix.com.
You can order Simona's straps from her new website www.distefanostraps.com. Most straps are ready made and available immediately. The hand stitched straps are limited.
All photos © 2011 M.Wilmsen - do not use without permission
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