If you spend any amount of time surfing watch blogs or forums, you’ve no doubt come acrossÂ Kain Heritage. Â Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their straps from the Heritage line.
When something watch-related comes in from Hong Kong, you’re never quite certain how it’s going to be packaged – just a simple toss-in-a-bag, or something more elaborate. Â With Kain, the presentation is very much in line with the premium feel the brand has.
This strap came in something I’ve not seen to date – it came in a presentation case. Â Now, this is something you truly don’t need in any sense of the word. Â In terms of the initial impression when you open things up, however, it goes a long way. Â And, I suppose, you could easily use it for storage of the strap when it’s not installed.
Pull the strap out of the case, and you’re immediately struck by a few things. Â First, you’ve got some very smooth leather with good stitching (no loose threads) and good edge finishing. Â Second, when you put the strap up to your nose, you are struck with the luxurious smell we expect from leather.
This is something I always check when I get a leather strap in. Â Sometimes, you get something that smells more like chemicals (or plastic, even) than leather, which to me signals a lesser-quality piece. Â Here, though, you’ve just got the sweet, sweet scent of well-tanned leather.
Installation was dead simple, though you’ll want to be conscious of case shape when installing. Â On theÂ RegattareÂ I installed it on, I had some slight interference between the case curve and the included tubes on the strap. Â That was easily remedied by rotating Â the strap 90 degrees until I had the pins in place.
In terms of wear, I found the strap to be comfortable and was as flexible as I’d expect from a strap of this thickness. Â Of course, with the included Pre-V buckle, you may have some discomfort on your wrist if you’re at a desk most of the day.
In terms of style, I was surprised. Â I wouldn’t normally go for this light-colored of leather in a watch strap, but it really grew on me – has a more up-market feel to me, in some regards.
TheÂ HeritageÂ line comes in at $89 with two length selections (120/80 or 130/80) and four buckle choices (polished, brushed, titanium or PVD). Â For the quality of leather and workmanship you get, I think it is well worth the price, especially if you’re installing it onto a higher-end watch.
Should the one we reviewed here not be quite to your liking, I’d suggest you just peruse theirÂ catalog, as they’ve got quite a few different styles, including some with cutouts in the buckle. Â Whatever strap you pick up from Kain, I think you’ll be pleased, based on the experience I had with our Heritage sample.