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Hand-Stitched Rubber B Strap for Rolex Daytona

Couture Series Rubber B Strap on Rose Gold Rolex Daytona

Couture Series Rubber B Strap on Rose Gold Rolex Daytona

Hand-stitched in France using Gore Tenara sewing thread, the straps in the Rubber B Couture Series offer a unique design element that is rarely seen on vulcanized rubber straps. The stitching is knotted invisibly within the rubber to create a comfortable wear that feels as luxurious as it looks. The rose gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona shown above is fitted with a Jet Black Couture Series strap with red stitching. The red detail create the perfect balance with the lettering on the dial and the black picks up the darkness of the Cerachrom bezel on this configuration.

Just like all of the straps available in our e-Boutique and dealers around the world, these straps are manufactured in Switzerland using only the finest materials available on the market. Micro-callibrated using “blocked integration” engineering, they create a flawless mount on the watch case with no gaps or movement. They also incorporate the deployant buckle that comes on the original leather Daytona strap (not compatible with metal bracelet configurations). What results is stylish rubber strap configuration that maintains the integrity of the timepiece.

To shop all of our straps for Rolex, including the Couture Series straps for the Daytona model, visit We currently offer straps designed for Patek Philippe and Panerai timepieces as well, with straps for Tudor watches coming soon. If you like the feel of rubber on your wrist but prefer the look of genuine leather, take a look at the straps in our Structure Series.

Panerai Presents the Innovative LAB-ID Carbotech

Panerai Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3-Days (PAM00700)

Panerai Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3-Days (PAM00700)

As a presenter at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017, Panerai is among the watchmakers introducing their new 2017 models this week. A formidable new model just introduced by Panerai, the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3-Days (PAM00700) features the largest concentration of innovations the watchmaker has ever offered on one timepiece. Operating without liquid lubrication, the watchmaker guarantees this watch for 50 years thanks to the materials used to power it.

The large 49 mm case is made of Carbotech, created by compressing sheets of carbon fiber together with a special polymer. The result is a lightweight case that is hypo-allergenic and resistant to corrosion with a dark and textured finish. The dial is made from Carbon Nanotubes that are meant to absorb light, creating a perfect environment for the luminescent markers to shine brightly in contrast. This highly legible display features Arabic numerals at 12, 3 and 6 o’clock with baton hour markers and a seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.

Case Back of Panerai Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3-Days (PAM00700)

Case Back of Panerai Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3-Days (PAM00700)

The clear case back shows the power reserve and many of the technical innovations that set this timepiece apart from other Panerai models. Powered by a P.3001/C manually-wound mechanical movement manufactured by Oficine Panerai, it features 4 jewels and components that reduce the friction between parts. The escapement is made of silicon with a special Diamond-Like Carbon coating on the wheel. The shock protection system is made from a composite material that integrates Tantalum-based ceramic.

Aside from its futuristic aesthetic with black carbon and blue luminescence, the PAM00700 offers a combination of mechanical watchmaking innovations that guarantees years and years of operating without the need to lubricate its parts. This is the true innovation of this wristwatch model, allowing owners to enjoy it without worrying about servicing and maintenance. For more information on this and other new Panerai models, visit

Patek Philippe Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Generations’ Ads

Patek Philippe 'Generations' Advertising Campaign (photo:

Patek Philippe ‘Generations’ Advertising Campaign (photo:

In 1996, Patek Philippe launched their highly regarded ‘Generations’ advertising campaign, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this past December. Created by the London-based Leagas Delaney advertising agency, the ads center around the concept that “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”

Shot by world-renowned photographers, this award winning campaign centers around the notion that a timepiece is an heirloom and meant to be handed down from generation to generation. Coming from a family-owned company, the message resonates with their international clientele. The image above shows the latest videos shot for their website, featuring fathers and sons and mothers and daughters from different parts of the world.

While the overall message is wholesome, there is something provocative about telling someone that the timepiece they spent thousands on is not actually theirs. While most watch collectors are familiar with the brand, this campaign opens Patek up to the public at large with its universal message of family love. The reason for its success and longevity is tied to its focus on the elements of Swiss watchmaking that are most relatable. This is a welcomed departure from other campaigns that focus messaging on the exclusivity and luxury of the timepieces themselves.

To watch the latest videos from the ‘Generations’ advertising campaign and browse their collection of timepieces, visit

The Sizable Rolex Explorer II Professional Model

Rolex Explorer II Reference 216570

Rolex Explorer II Reference 216570

A popular professional Rolex model, the Explorer II offers a useful complication with a robust stainless steel case that has changed very little since its introduction in 1971. One of the major changes to this model came just a few years ago, when the case size was increased to 42mm. The white dial configuration shown above, known as the Polar, has gained a large following since its introduction.

In addition to the standard hour, minute and seconds hands, the Explorer II has a 24-hour hand, orange on the current models with a corresponding 24-hour display on the brushed steel bezel. The idea behind the 24-hour complication is to allow scientists like speleologists to tell the difference between night and day in areas with no sunlight. At the time of its introduction, there weren’t electronic devices accessible to them in the outdoors, so tool watches like the Explorer II were vital to their work.

These days, you don’t need to work in a remote location to enjoy the benefits of this timepiece. Its luminescent display is highly legible in the dark and in the light. The rough and tumble aesthetic makes it an ideal watch for daily wear in the office or out in the field. With one of the larger case sizes in Rolex’s professional collection, the Explorer II is an excellent option for people with larger wrist sizes.

Powered by a 3187 self-winding mechanical movement manufactured in-house by the watchmaker, the Explorer II has a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Thanks to its Oyster case and Twinlock winding crown it features a depth rating of 100 meters. Another iconic Rolex innovation, the Cyclops lens magnifies the date over an aperture at 3 o’clock. While we may not hear much about this model at the upcoming Baselworld 2017 presentation, this model will likely endure thanks to its practicality and sporty aesthetic.

For more information on the Rolex Explorer II, visit To browse our selection of Swiss made rubber straps for this model, visit our e-Boutique at

Black Genuine Leather Straps for All Watch Brands

photo of Jet Black Genuine Leather Straps for All Watch Brands by Rubber B

Jet Black Genuine Alligator Leather Straps for All Watch Brands by Rubber B

While most of the watch straps in the Rubber B e-Boutique are micro-callibrated to fit specific wristwatch models, we offer genuine leather straps in our Structure Series designed to fit any watch brand. Available for timepieces with lug spacing of 18 mm, 20 mm or 22 mm, our leather straps bring a classic elegance to any model, new or vintage.

The Jet Black alligator leather strap shown on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso above maintains the luxury aesthetic of the elegant gold watch. With a black vulcanized rubber base, the leather remains protected from sweat and other elements of daily wear that would otherwise penetrate the leather. Comfort and elegance are not mutually exclusive when it comes to our Structure Series watchbands. The rubber base follows the contours of the wrist and creates a pleasurable wear that does not sacrifice style or luxury.

We offer several combinations of leather and rubber to suit different tastes. From Saddle Brown and Cognac to Jet Black on a Red Devil base, there is a color combination for everybody. Made in Switzerland with the highest quality materials available, they will outlast any other leather band on the market. Browse the entire Structure Series collection of genuine leather straps now at