A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Button Stud watch bands are a classic:
Our button stud watch bands are comfortable, simple and stylish, they don't get in the way or rub your wrist when working at a desk or keyboard.
The mystery braid is a traditional technique to make a braid out of one piece of leather without cutting the ends.
We've mixed these two concepts into a 5-strand braided Watch Band that's stylish and unique.
We use high quality USA tanned leathers from both the world famous Horween Tannery in Chicago and SB Foot Tannery (Redwing's in-house tannery).
The Leathers we use:
World-Famous Chicago tannery makes some of the highest quality leathers available. Chromexcel is their signature pull-up leather. Essex is Horween's fully vegetable tanned offering.
A. Regatta Blue Essex
B. Deep Brown Essex
C. Brown Chromexcel
D. Bright Orange Essex
E. Austin Pecan
F. Natural Chromexcel
SB Foot is the in-house tannery for Redwing Shoes, they make some great-looking rugged leathers. The leathers selected here have a matte almost nubuck finish. The exception is the Copper Rough and Tough which is a "Crazy-Horse" pullup leather, it changes color when handled due to the oils and waxes it has inside.
G. Tan Hot Pocket
H. Black Yukon
I. Desert Sand
J. Olive Hot Pocket
K. Coffee Bean Cascade
L. Copper Rough and Tough
We like the solid brass Stud but you'll have the choice of Solid brass, Nickel or Black.
We offer a Standard size and an XL Size for bigger wrists. If you have a really small wrist and would like an extra hole or two on the standard size just let me know.
How to use your band:
This band works like a standard Nato or Zulu band but you won't be able to snake the entire strap between the bars like on a nylon band.
If you want to wear it on your left hand, remove the stud, snake the band between the bars starting at Twelve O'clock. Put the stud back in the hole that fits you, and you're done. You'll want the stud as close to the watch face as possible (almost beside it) if you see more than one hole between the face and the button, it's not close enough. This way the stud stays out of the way and you get maximum comfort.
Check our website www.nstarleather.com to pick your wallet (although not pictured, we can make wallets in any of the leathers we're using for the watch bands.
New Add-On Available! Did you get in on the "single band early bird", but want more than one? Now available for all rewards levels: Add another band (or bands) for $14 each (no extra shipping cost).
How to do the add-on:
1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page.
2. Increase your pledge by the amount by $14 for each band you want to add.
3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.
4.At the end of the campaign we'll send you a survey and you can let us know if you added a band and which bands you'd like.
We've decided to be flexible with these goal, please message me and let me know which width to add first as we hit out goals!
I'm making these stretch goals variable depending on comments on which we should make first.
14mm 3-Strand Braided Button Stud Band
16mm 3-Strand Braided Button Stud Band (Ideal for the Weekender Mini or Women's Watches)
18mm Braided Button Stud Band
22mm Braided Button Stud Band
24mm Braided Button Stud Band
26mm Braided 7-strand Button Stud band
Risks and challenges
We've been making leather goods since 1969. The leathers for this project are on our shelves just waiting to be cut and braided. We love the design and we hope you do as well, once funded, there isn't a chance we can't deliver!