1. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 24, 2019

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    I've just noticed that there are some watches on the US website with this strange message on them, the only thing I can think of is that is there some law coming in which outlaws Alligator straps?
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  2. Lugduno

    Lugduno Dec 24, 2019

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    You're correct, from 2020 it will be forbidden to sell, import or manufacture products in California that use crocodile, alligator and fur (and a whole bunch of lizards etc). Apparently from the 1970s to 2006 it was forbidden to use the products from some endangered species until Schwarzenegger lifted that ban for crocodile/alligator products. From the new year, these products will again be prohibited.
     
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  3. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 24, 2019

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    Oh right, thanks for clearing that up! I wonder if they will start making 'leather' with an alligator pattern on them?
     
  4. Lugduno

    Lugduno Dec 24, 2019

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    No idea what will happen, but it will be interesting to follow. Calf leather with alligator pattern wouldn't really breathe of "quality" and rubber wouldn't be the "same deal". Maybe some special "California edition"? ;)
     
  5. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 24, 2019

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    I'm sure I've seen where another watch company has made a leather strap with an alligator print... it seems like it's going to affect quite a lot of products, so they're either going to have to offer an alternative or not sell those products in California.
     
  6. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 24, 2019

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    Indeed the strap is alligator for this model. I also would have thought this was embossed leather to look like that.
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  7. Lugduno

    Lugduno Dec 25, 2019

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    They probably try some workaround rather than pulling the models out of the market completely. I saw that Panerai put up a similar message to some of their models and I guess that they will just change the straps to some kind of embossed calf leather.
     
  8. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 25, 2019

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    Yeah, when you think about it quite a lot of the Carrera's don't come on bracelets... then again you can probably buy some of the models on rubber straps anyway.
     
  9. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Dec 26, 2019

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    I had seen this- there are some interesting regulatory changes coming, including this one and the latest Swatch/ ETA rules. I don’t want to get this thread off topic so will start another thread on ETA
     
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