The latest addition to our travel and storage selection, the Moulded Oak-Tanned Leather Cases were born out of our desire for more efficient flat storage without sacrificing the safety of our watches. With traditional watch cases, fillers like wood are added to harden the exterior and provide stronger support, thus better protecting the timepieces inside. Including hardeners like this means less space on the interior, though, as well as more stitching around the exterior of the case itself. We spent more than a year developing this case, and we’re thrilled to share it with you.
Because a single piece of leather is formed into this shape, instead of various cuts of leather being pieced together, these moulded cases are much more difficult and time-intensive to produce. Our cases are made using a special moulding technique that eliminates the need for hardeners like wood or plastic beneath the exterior. Each one requires two weeks to make, but we think it’s worth the trouble.
The leather in question is a beautiful, rich brown variety that is oak tanned and has both an inherent shine and light, even staining that will develop a lovely patina over time. For each case, the leather is wetted and placed between two pieces of wood – one piece is concave and the other fits within the first piece to hold the leather in place. The leather is left in these moulds for 14 days to harden slightly and take on the elegant, seamless shape you see today. From there, the cases are assembled with a high quality zipper, soft blue suede interior, and subtle HODINKEE branding on the inner divider flap.
Thanks to the elimination of hardeners, we are able to maximize use of the interior space for comfortable and safe watch storage. Each side of the case has between one and four watch-shaped indentations that are deeper than what you’ll find in typical cases, and feature a cushioned lining to further protect your timepiece. The two sides are separated by a lightly padded divider to ensure that watches on either side do not touch. Watches are secured via a snap closure, and there is a small, cushioned platform just below the closure to hold the watch strap or bracelet in place.
The Moulded Leather Travel Case is available for two, four, six, and eight watches, exclusively in the HODINKEE Shop.