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Stefano Bemer

Military Bund Watch Strap




The story

Originally a military creation, designed to protect pilots wrists from exposure to the elements during WWI, the bund or ‘fat’ strap has become a cult-favourite amongst horological connoisseurs, as championed by such aesthetes as Paul Newman and Miles Davis, so it was only natural that The Rake should come together with the esteemed Florentine workshops of Stefano Bemer, to create our own homage to the oeuvre.

These straps are produced under the keen eye of Tommaso Melani, proprietor of Bemer; by his extraordinarily talented leather-working craftsmen, employing the same passion and attention to detail required to produce a pair of Stefano Bemer shoes. Melani’s family also runs and owns Florence’s iconic leather-working school, the Scuola del Cuoio, inside Santa Croce – lending him a passion for leather working that only serves to enrich the pedigree and precision of these exquisite, handmade creations. 

Military Bund Watch Strap

Created in the finest black Crocodile leather, from skins selected by Melani’s craftsmen, this is a thing of beauty. 

Please note that straps will be made on a made-to-order basis, expected delivery is six weeks from the time of placing an order. Rest assured, The Rake’s team will keep in touch with customers personally with order updates.


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