October 09 2009
It was, of course, what everyone was waiting for, except they didn’t know it: an alligator watchstrap that you can wear in the water. OK, maybe I exaggerate – but it was what I was waiting for. It may not be everyone’s dilemma, but it is one of the many that I face in my life. I always thought it slightly ironic that alligators, which as far as I am aware spend a fair amount of their time in swamps and rivers, lose their water-repellent qualities once they are made into watchstraps.
But now Hublot’s Jean-Claude Biver, the watch boss with the O2 Arena-filling personality, has come up with a specially treated alligator watchstrap backed with rubber (the part next to the skin tends not to behave very well when exposed to beach conditions of swimming and sunlight). This strap performs impeccably in salt water and dries out quickly without any visible signs of fading or rotting (eugh). Don’t ask me how it is done; I am just grateful that it exists. Not cheap at £350, they need to be ordered specially; Marcus on New Bond Street will do this for you.