'三色' SANSHOKU STRAP
The new HIROSHIGE 三色:Sanshoku is tricolor-patina watch strap that pushes the limit of artisanal hand-applied anticatura technique - to create a more vibrant and fresh take of the traditional leather strap. HIROSHIGE 三色:Sanshoku blends green, mustard yellow and chestnut brown on each piece of calf leather, and features our unique Hiroshige script engraved on hand-patinaed leather.
Watches depicted in pictures for reference only - not available for sale. 三色:Sanshoku is seasonal and will not be repeated
Lug/Buckle widths: 20mm / 16mm
Upperside color: Sanshoku (Tricolor)
Underside color: Olive-green
Engraved Hiroshige script (original poem)
Embossed logo on underside
Revised quick-release spring-bars at lugs end
Hand-made & hand-cut
Limited production and shall not be repeated
HIROSHIGE 三色:Sanshoku blends green, mustard yellow and chestnut brown on each piece of calf leather, and features our unique Hiroshige script engraved on hand-patinaed leather.
All HIROSHIGE straps are engraved with legendary Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s original handwritten poem from an original artwork ca. 1840. The poem is loosely translated as: 'The moon indulges into the night in various ways.'
Although the straps are priced affordably, they are not machine made, nor do we use pattern cutters. Each strap is hand-cut, and from hand-penciled stencils. It takes 3x longer for each artisan to hand-make and hand-patina HIROSHIGE 三色:Sanshoku. With mono-color patina straps, we choose a pre-dyed base leather closest to the color of the final product, and then add the desired shades for the patina.
For HIROSHIGE 三色:Sanshoku, we have to start with a nude un-dyed base leather, then a base color is applied to the surface followed by a coating to prevent unnecessary color bleeding when the tricolore is applied. Green dye is first applied, and then dried; followed by mustard yellow, then dried; and finally chestnut brown, then similarly dried. A lot of care is taken to ensure that each color transitions to the next color in a seamless manner. Another layer of coating is then applied to ensure color fastness and vibrancy. Anticatura patina technique is then applied to darken the edges of each color - black for the green layer; dark orange for the mustard layer, and dark brown for the chestnut layer. After drying, a final coating is applied to seal and protect the strap and colors.