Definitely Jean Rousseau
The NY Lange boutique used to offer customization for straps through JR if they didn’t have a color a customer wanted. I haven’t been there in a while so maybe things have changed as the brand has become ‘popular’. JR can also give you the Lange strap boxed-end finish (not sure what else to call it!).
Its always best to see the colors in person but there is a beautiful darkish blue that JR carry that is pretty close (to my eyes) to the 25th anniversary straps. The strap no. Is 7652 - full credit goes to our mod CR who mentioned it in one of his posts and its stunning in person. If you do that with a grey or silver stitching you are pretty close. Of course, nothing beats sifting through the leather swatches in person and the JR store in New York is extremely helpful and are willing to spend a lot of time with you if you call ahead (or walk in at the right time).
The other alternative that I usually go for is Kaufmann. Wempe in NY carries their catalog and can order from a variety of options. The downside is that they don’t have swatches on hand so you will have to go with the pictures but the end product to my eyes is also really close to the picture. For what its worth, Kaufmann used to make Lange’s straps in the past and can make the Lange boxed-end finish if asked. I personally find their quality to be as good as JR and CF and pricing is around the same or a little less depending on configuration.
Hope this helps and happy Thanksgiving!
All the best,
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Anyone familiar with Camille Fournet for an OEM strap for Lange?
I am told CF makes the straps for Lange, I am trying to get a navy/royal blue gator commissioned to 125yr anniversary specs. The boutique wouldn’t sell to me. I tried one email contacting CF directly but was unsuccessful, will try again but checking here ...
I just had them make a custom strap for my Lange 1 - looked identical to an OEM (just different color) and great customer service
Concur + additional info
If you visit Jean Rousseau, ask to look at the actual skins (not the swatches of skins), and do not look at them in the showroom lighting. Bring them to the window and look at them there, in natural lighting. There's a huge difference. Also, I prefer to g...
Definitely Jean Rousseau
The NY Lange boutique used to offer customization for straps through JR if they didn’t have a color a customer wanted. I haven’t been there in a while so maybe things have changed as the brand has become ‘popular’. JR can also give you the Lange strap box...
Very glad you posted this, Walid!
I really liked the Lange straps that were made by Kaufmann. I think Perrin also made Lange straps years ago, and those were nice too.
It’s no problem at CF
I did earlier this past summer with them. It was super easy and they were very helpful. It’s not instantaneous but they will get back to you. I couldn’t be happier with their product. Let me know if you have questions. Literally just did all custom design...
Hi again. Yes I had it designed to be the proper length for me. The tip or end can be made to look curved like the Lange end or other ways as you can see on the configuration. Yes all with CF. I have it on my 1815 u/d and swapped another oem Lange strap i...
Most definitely!! I enjoyed the experience and was great to make a bespoke one as desired and not just off the shelf.
Update Here… I am conversing with CF
While they admit Lange has access to their leathers they neither confirm or deny they are OEM manufacturers for them and they would not state which leather if any is the 25th anniversary blue. In fact they suggest two other colors and said those are close...
Are you saying you meant to say "JR" rather than "CF"?
If so, these may be helpful, below. This is an old JR order form. Where it says "~1/4 of length should be round scales" refers to the smaller scales towards the tip of the long end of the strap. I like that gradation to smaller scales at the end. Also, as...
Thanks Craig! While I initially contacted CF
I am currently only working with JR at the moment. So in my last update it was JR (not CF) that neither confirmed nor denied that they make OEM straps for Lange, but would help me with every spec of Lange except the color confirmation for the 25th
You might just have to go there and pick a nice blue! :)
That's what I did, specifically for the perfect shade of blue. It was fun! They have so many different blue skins! And personally, I prefer the slightly rounded padding that Lange used in its older OEM straps versus the more rectangular-shaped padding (wi...