Venturing into new territory, Skagen introduces interchangeable felt watch straps for men and women just in time for the holidays. This unconventional choice of material stays true to Skagen’s Danish roots, as this ancient fiber is very much a part of traditional Nordic culture.
“It’s a new look for watches,” says Thomas Bennedsen, senior creative director at Skagen. The humble yet sleek natural fiber “adds warmth to watches and gives the wearer the ability to expand with some color.”
Made of FilzFelt’s top quality merino wool felt from Germany, the bands will initially come with clean-lined Holst watch faces. Watch sets with one dial and three colored bands are available in different widths for men and women and are designed with an eye toward gift-giving.
The bands are equipped with a quick-release pin that allows them to be easily changed without using tools. The straps are made of straight-cut felt backed with nubuck next to the skin. Felt absorbs color extraordinarily well, so expect to see deep pink, purple and blue bands as well as subdued gray and ivory.
The bands also have a eco-friendly profile that adds to their appeal. FilzFelt’s products are primarily used in architectural applications like room dividers and wall panels, which leaves the company with narrow strips of leftover felt. These strips that could otherwise go to waste are what Skagen is turning into watch bands.
While the look of felt represents a departure from the company’s signature metal mesh bands, Bennedsen sees parallels between the two materials. “Mesh is interwoven and felt is intertwined when the fibers are compacted, so there are similarities in that regard,” he says. “They’re two ends of a spectrum with an interlocking nature: One is very mechanical and smooth and the other is very natural and warm.”