DRIVEN’s speed-obsessed style chronicler Fernando Morales of  The Gentleman’s Topcoat turns us on to some ultra-cool racing-inspired watch straps:

A NATO strap doesn’t always cut it, and sometimes that brushed steel bracelet is just too sporty for the occasion.

For all other scenarios there is the humble classic – the leather strap, a mark of understated elegance.

Enter Gabarro Straps from Spain, pictured here on a classic Rolex Submariner.

A watch strap that suggests you have a vintage Porsche cooling off behind the scenes

Nick Gabarro is a well respected character in the watch community who readily provides fine leather bands in a variety of styles.

His Rally models are reminiscent of the ’70s style straps popularized by the Tag Heuer Monaco, a Steve McQueen favorite.

The achieved look is one of formality that might still suggest you have a black vintage Porsche cooling off behind the scenes.

Less is more, and that is exactly what the black-on-black combination conveys here.

If you don’t have a vintage Porsche to accompany the look,  a bottle of wine of desirable vintage will do just fine….

[via The Gentleman's Topcoat]

Images by Fernando Morales / TGT; click to enlarge: