Getting it right with the ColaReb Spoleto

As with every other years, the end of DST means a long period of adjustment and a lot of waking up early in the morning to drink my coffee at dawn.

I don't mind it since it's also an opportunity to experiment with photography and this time is the first when the background illumination from the e-reader and the angle of the sun that is still very low on the horizon, contributed to make the cream dial of the Yema Wristmaster appear white.

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The Wristmaster came to me on a brown leather strap which, like all other straps from Yema, was a bit meh. The color was fine but that was pretty much the only positive I could find and therefore I was lucky to already have a spare short Spoleto strap from ColaReb that was a perfect replacement. The Spoleto has roughly the same color and style as the OEM strap but is much better, at least for me. First of all it's shorter, and therefore I don't have to deal with excess strap flopping around my wrist. It's also more supple and has a nicer texture.

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The product page on the ColaReb web site describe it more as suede and the rough appearance on the stock photo support this claim, however ColaReb warns that each piece is unique and therefore vary and they were right because my strap is smoother, but still retains the slightly rough feeling that I like. It look properly vintagy and will probably age well.

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The vintage look of the Spolto and its rough exterior are a perfect match for the Wristmaster with its 70's retro look. At 43EUR it's not the cheapest strap around, however ColaReb proved to be a reliable brand with some extraordinary good straps, such as the Roma that I also own, which saved a number of my watches from being sold or forgotten.