Watch straps, cccessories, watches, Nato straps, bracelets – I couldn’t tell you which particular one is trending at the moment individually, but I can tell you that no matter whether you class them as a group or an individual aspect of style – they/it are so hot right now. Gents who previously wore steel bracelets on their watches are turning to Natos – Nylon or leather, and I think it has a lot to do with this group of items above being ‘in fashion’. Watches that were previously ‘run of the mill’ have been given new life and I’ll take it straight to the Submariner example – they are common and men can wear them with any outfit, they always have, but now they are changing the strap to suit each look, the watch is becoming more individual than ever before – beautiful suedes and one of a kind leathers, hand stitched with love that only a human can provide. If a watch says something about the man who chooses it, the strap speaks volumes about the way he wears it.
One brand I’ve come across in my travels is DaLuca. DaLuca watch straps are handcrafted in San Diego California, each one of a kind, individually named and thoughtfully presented. DaLuca do a strap for every watch on the market and their range is extensive to say the least. I touched base with the CEO and he was kind enough to send me a few samples, different types and sizes from a couple of their collections. First impressions are excellent, the straps are delightful and wreak of quality. The Natos are meticulously stitched and extremely sturdy – I’m looking forward to seeing how the rigid leather softens with each wear. The 18mm strap I chose for my vintage Le-Coultre complements it almost too well, made of genuine Horween Cordovan leather and finished with a polished buckle it’s elegant and thoughtful. Finally I chose a 20mm strap made from a vintage Swiss ammo pouch with original stampings. Like the 18mm it was beautiful and finished with extreme care which was impressive when considering the noticeable difference in thickness of the chosen leather.
In my opinion DaLuca make beautiful high quality straps, something you’ll be able to see in the photos below. If you’re in the market for a new strap, Nato or otherwise, it is certainly worth stopping by DaLuca and checking what they have in stock. You won’t be disappointed.