Choosing the perfect watch can be a challenge: from price point to design, functionality and complexity, many factors can dictate a direction or even unhinge a commitment. There are plenty of worthy brands out there; some for everyday wear and others for the perfect accent to a special occasion. For those looking for something uniquely theirs, L'Atelier du Bracelet Parisien provides an exquisite alternative. In a small workshop within their Paris boutique, craftsmen meticulously construct watch straps that you simply cannot find anywhere else. While this doesn't solve the problem of finding the right watch for you, it opens up a world of alternatives. Whether you're looking to punch up a piece you already own or buy a new watch but differentiate it from peers, discovering the rare and high-quality offerings from L'Atelier du Bracelet Parisien is a treat in itself.
The company was founded in 1997 by Jean-Claude Perrin, a veteran luxury watch strap maker. After selling his previous companies to larger luxury corporations, he decided to return to the rare, handworked craft. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the product, he has since only partnered with his wife Régine, their son Yann and a pared-down team of craftsmen. Their boutique, located in Paris' watchmaking hub, is an inspiring wonderland of options and preexisting products. In addition to their own straps they carry secondhand watches and other leather goods—including belts, bags and more. They also offer watch repair services.
For an entirely customized experience, the atelier allows customers to select from an expansive choice of leathers, tannings, colors, forms and thicknesses. From crocodile to ostrich, pearl-infused stingray and beyond, they can (and have) even crafted watch straps from 1950s baseball gloves and World War II leather military satchels. More than 50 unique materials are available to chose from. Each watch band stretches as far as the imagination, and all the leather work takes place right within their visible boutique.
L'Atelier du Bracelet Parisien watch straps are available online or in store at 56, Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris.
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