Valigetta 4 by Scatola del Tempo

The Watch Box that isn’t a Watch Box!


Scatola del Tempo, the pioneers and inventors of the watch winder actually began by producing watch cases. When talking about Scatola del Tempo’s products, the word ‘cases’ seems more fitting than ‘boxes’. There seems to be something decidedly ‘clunky’ and ‘rigid’ about the word box. This simply doesn’t fit with the product I have in front of me, but we’ll come back to that later!

With ecological awareness, Scatola del Tempo source all their materials for production within 50km of their manufacture in Como. This also justifies their statement of ‘100% Made in Italy’.

The Valigetta range is available in various configurations to suit 4, 8, 16 and 32 pieces. They are available in a pared down palette of different calfskin leathers for inside and out. This includes Black, Chocolate, Chestnut and finally a Bi-Colour which has a chocolate exterior with a chestnut interior.

Today I will be taking a detailed look at the Valigetta 4 in Chocolate.

Beautifully grained, super soft calfskin interior


Once unboxed the first thing you notice is just how soft the calfskin is. Every part of the case, inside and out is covered including the cushions, no clumsy hinges – even that is leather! The top and bottom of the case has a padding that further enhances the soft feel while holding. Opening up you are presented with shaped and considered pockets for your treasured timepieces. Constructed from the base upwards in three stages, each component is carefully covered and padded in the calfskin. Designed to accommodate large cased watches, up to 52mm as stated (the sample here would take 55mm) including winding crown. The depth of the pockets is significant – which would certainly allow for some seriously thick leather straps without issue.

The case construction is built up in layers
Plenty of space for larger cased pieces

Exquisite craftsmanship

The level of craftsmanship on display with the Valigetta is staggering. All the corners have been worked in perfectly. No seems or joins to be seen, the edges have had the leather carefully moulded around them giving perfect lines. On the underside of the case lid, there are 4 raised circular pads. Undeniably Scatola del Tempo in design they serve to protect the watch crystals and prevent any movement during transit.

No joins or seams, perfect corners
Raised circular pads to prevent movement and protect the crystals

Subtly debossed in the corner of the lid is the Scatola del Tempo logo. With or without this, there is only one manufacturer capable of this standard in quality. Closing the lid with a satisfying, dull and soft sound of leather on leather. The case is secured using the in-house manufactured nickel plated clasp, etched with the Scatola logo.

…and so we come back to the ‘case/box discussion’…

Yes it is a box, it is rectangular and you put things inside it. However the Valigetta demands more respect than being labelled a box, it deserves more respect than being labelled a box! The quality of workmanship, the feel, the weight and even the smell – simply ooze a quality that needs to be described in a way that deservedly sets it apart and more importantly – above all other watch boxes. This is a watch case!

The Valigetta is undoubtedly the finest case to cross the 1010 Boutique threshold and possibly the finest in the world! All configurations of the Valigetta 4 cost £645.Iif you are seeking the finest place to keep your watches – look no further!

(Prices and specs correct at time of publishing)