Still assessing what I think about the NATO cordovan. The leather is undoubtedly beautiful. While it is soft and supple it is not as thin as my other leather NATO, made from kangaroo, courtesy of Singular. I wonder whether this type of strap is better suited to a watch with a larger case size?
It was a bit of a pain to fit - I had to remove the spring bars and even then it wasn't especially easy.
Got the strap from a local dealer. It's made by Da Luca using cordovan from Horween.
Watches only started getting big in the last decade or so, and we're already seeing the trend moving back towards moderately sized watches.
I think the precursors to the trend towards larger timepieces started earlier than the last 10 years. Patek introduced the 43mm Nautilus in 1974(?), and the original Gerald Genta AP Royal Oak was first produced in 1970, with the Royal Oak Jumbo appearing in 1977(?). The first appearance of the Royal Oak Offshore was at Basel in, I want to say, 1993(?). Also, and this is clearly a unique watch with a specific purpose, but the first IWC Big Pilot (52 TSC) appeared in 1940 and was 55mm (although the line of Pilot's watches that were introduced later were more reasonably sized). I'm not sure how big the original Portuguese was, but the first iteration came in 1993 as well.
While horological history is littered with larger watches, I do agree that the vast proliferation of the gargantuan case only came recently. The largest automatic movement, IWC's Calibre 5000, was first introduced in 2000, which, incidentally, coincided with the Richemont takeover. The larger watches have their place, but I certainly agree that a manufacturer's overall collection should strike a size balance. It would be a shame if Patek, for example, decided to increase their watch size across the board.
Just to qualify this, I'm not necessarily a massive watch nut. While I do own some larger pieces, I don't buy based on trends, but rather what appeals to me irrespective of what's popular. My shirt cuffs always cover my watches.
To get back to the p0rn, here are some pics from current or past timepieces from my collection: