I have just joined the club having recently acquired the VC Patrimony 81180 in white gold. So far I am enjoying the watch and also getting a lot of information from the Hour Lounge. I also received the very nice gloves which make winding my watch every day a great pleasure.
I had a question about the watch strap. As my watch is in white gold, it came with a black alligator strap. I generally like to coordinate the leather on my straps with my shoes and belt and wear brown relatively frequently. I notice that, generally, white gold watches come with a black strap while yellow or rose gold typically come with brown straps. Is there any rule about this (i.e., that a white gold watch should not be paired with a brown strap)?
I would like to get a brown alligator strap and switch out the buckle to coordinate with my shoes. Would that be bad form? Do any of the members here do the same? Also, it it very difficult to change out the buckle on the Patrimony? The strap itself looks relatively easy as it has a little cutout in the leather to remove the spring bars easily but the buckle looks fairly flush so I wonder if it would damage the strap over time if I were changing the buckle 2-3 times/week.
I appreciate everyon's input.