I’ve been wanting to try this for ages, and I finally did!! I made a watch strap.
This isn’t a typical watch for me. I have been wearing swatches near-exclusively since 1985.
I got the withings watch to track my activity and sleep during lockdown, because I wanted to have some reason to walk around and some reason to go to bed and get out of it. And an awareness of moving and sleeping “enough”.
It came with a silicone strap that wasn’t breathing. It was really unpleasant. So I bought a leather strap from amazon. That was a lot better. And it motivated me to try making my own.
Well, ok, if I am honest, work motivated me to make my own. I am on a project right now (which is awesome, because there aren’t that many of them for designers), and it has 2-6 hours (HOURS) of calls every day. For most of them, I mainly need to listen. And pure listening is hard for me, I am very visual. So while someone was talking, I thought it might be wise to do something with my hands so I don’t go nuts.
And that’s how the watch strap got started.
End to end it maybe took 2 hours.
It is blatantly imprecise, and rough, cut with a scalpel by hand without instruments, out of plain undyed leather.
It will get darker and tanned with time, as it spends time in the sun, just like my skin.
In a world where there is no reason to get up in the morning, and where the only accomplishment (aside from staying on top of work) is keeping oneself fed every day, and preventing the flat from looking like a tip, it feels good to make something.
So I made a watch strap.