Aftermarket Panerai Review
JnS Straps Review #2
JnS Panerai Watch Straps
Materials: New Italian Leathers, Vintage, Crocodile, Python
Buckles & Tubes: Tubes and Buckles Included
Price Range: $120+
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Date of Review: February 13rd, 2009
Having picked up one of JnS' new straps, I felt it was time to re-write and update the older review. Jason and Sharon have really evolved a lot as leather strapmakers in the last 9 months since I last got something from them. I have one of their new Italian Vachetta leather straps on my PAM90 as you can see above, and it looks terrific.
The green thread is brilliant, I love it. As usual, their straps are hand-stitched, not lock stitched like the majority of their Asian competitors. Hand-stitching requires more work, and results in a stronger stitch. Granted, a lock-stitch is plenty strong for a watch strap, but stronger never hurts right?
As you can see, the Italian Analine Dyed Vachetta leather has a beautiful texture to it, and it smells just like the Italian stuff from Simona and Manifattura Firenze. Very nice.
The stitch lines are tooled in before stitching, making a very nice professional-looking strap. The large single floating keeper is also tooled along the edges. The rear of the long strap is stamped with a bull's head, I suppose to indicate that it is cow leather. The buckles that accompany the straps are just basic buckles, but JnS also has handmade buckles that are laser cut and then hand bent and finished. They are some beautiful buckles - I would check them out if you have the chance!
The leather is very soft and flexible as you can see, and to be quite honest, this easily rivals any of the Simona straps that I have handled, at a slightly lower price point. It might not have that Italian made pedigree, but it is definately a top grade hand-stitched strap, with beautifully tanned and prepared Italian leather. Holes are punched for wrist size 6-8" approximately, with 5 holes in total.
Price-wise, JnS straps may be near the top of all the Asian strap manufacturers, however they are also at the top quality wise. Their straps have a distinctly handmade feel to them with the consistency and care that you would expect from a top tier strapmaker. Additionally, JnS also offers python and Crocodile straps, which is not always common among the Asian strap makers. All things considered, if you want to spend a few bucks more for a more hand-made quality strap, JnS is a great alternative.