Chromexcel (CXL) leather has become a staple of our American Made watch straps. CXL is one of Horween's best-known leather lines, for good reason. It is a full grain, hot stuffed leather containing a proprietary blend of oils and waxes, leading to an incredible pull up effect. Pull up is the displacement of oils in leather when flexed, leaving a temporary but noticeable lightening of the surface color.
As the name implies, CXL Burgundy is a wonderful tone of purple-red, akin to a medium-bodied red wine. The pull up on CXL Burgundy is less than on Olive and Natural, but it will still lighten where it is flexed. Chromexcel has a very soft hand and is slightly stretchy, making for a very comfortable watch strap. We leave CXL a little on the thick side (1.6-1.9mm), as it is too stretchy when skived down any thinner.
Each strap is made by hand in the United States, including hand stitching using heavy gauge thread. This model is constructed in a single-layered 3-ring NATO style. The backside of this strap is the unlined natural suede. It features stainless steel "HD" style hardware in Brushed SS, Bronze/Brass, or Black PVD.
Horween is one of the world's best-known leather tanneries. Founded in 1905, they are a 5th generation family-owned business. All Horween leather is processed, tanned, and dyed from start to finish in Chicago, Illinois.