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La différence entre une boucle ardillon et une boucle déployante

The difference between a pin buckle and a folding clasp

When choosing a watch, the strap and its clasp system must be taken into account. If the more classic pin buckle seduces with its simplicity, the folding clasp also has undeniable qualities. To help you see things more clearly, let's explore the specificities of these two types of closures.

The pin buckle

The pin buckle is the classic clasp system most commonly found in watchmaking. Its principle is simple: simply insert the metal rod into the hole in the strap corresponding to the size of the wrist. This buckle is suitable for all watches, except those with rigid steel straps. It is, thanks to its assertive sobriety, often acclaimed for its elegance and comfort. In addition, it adapts very well to all arms, even the smallest. It is, in fact, possible to adjust the size of the strap very precisely. However, it can wear out quickly since it is constantly used. This is the only drawback that we notice with the pin buckle!

The folding clasp

The folding clasp is more sophisticated than the pin buckle. Indeed, it is articulated. The metal buckle unfolds when you open it and folds back when you want to attach the watch. It has the advantage of protecting it from any risk of accidental fall. So, if the strap opens unexpectedly, the two parts never separate. Note that there is two types of folding clasps for a watch:

- Simple : it is made up of a single “v” joint. It opens and closes with a pusher.
- Double : it has two joints. Thus the bracelet unfolds and folds in two stages.