interest in rubber seems to have originated from a desire to make waterproof
fabrics to protect the passengers on horse-drawn carriages. By 1819, Thomas Hancock began experimenting with rubber solutions and a year later he patented his first invention: elastication for use in clothing.
In 1825, he began working with Charles Macintosh to manufacture his 'double textured' fabric and on November 21, 1843, Hancock took out a patent for the vulcanization of
rubber using sulfur —8 weeks prior to Charles Goodyear in the U.S.
The Hancock Hidden Placket raincoat is a waterproof garment with a very classic shape. Handmade in Scotland with waterproof vulcanized rubber cotton, the Hidden Placket raincoat is a three-quarter length trench that features a hidden four button front closure and a 3-button opening on either side for convertible venting at the hips.
This raincoat looks good with any outfit and has a timeless design —just like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak on our wrist— that won't look outdated in a couple of years.
The lining features beautiful black and white illustrations of the 'Siphonia Elastica' plant giving tribute to the elastic, gummy substance obtained from the milky sap of several plants of tropical South America, especially the euphorbiaceous tree 'Siphonia Elastica'. The brand's labels are carefully stitched to the inside and all interior seams are covered with glue to waterproof them. Perfection is the only way to describe the craftsmanship behind this raincoat.
The attention to details on this garment is superb and it clearly shows the hard work that was put into its design and elaboration. From the beautiful branded buttons to the cuffs and every seam on it, this raincoat is just one of a kind.
The Hancock Hidden Placket raincoat is available in a variety of colors and it's a garment made to meet the refined and demanding taste of most watchlifestylers. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15300ST and this raincoat are a perfect match and there's no other watch that we've worn with it that looks any better.
For those of you interested in learning more about how this amazing coats are made, below we have included a video that was produced by Hancock and that shows the careful and delicate handmade process that these garments go through. After watching this video, you will understand why these garments are so unique.
Only sold through a very limited number of retailers in the U.K, U.S., Hong Kong and Japan. Sticker Price $1,065 USD.
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