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8 November 2019

Now your Apple Watch can have a strap made from a vintage car

By Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
Porsche could never have guessed its leather trim would be worn as a watch strap on a $1000 tech toy.

Watches and cars go hand in hand - there’s a deep-seated appreciation from fans of both types of machinery, they’re intrinsically linked. Plus, if you open a car magazine, there’s a good chance half of it will be watch advertisements.

If you like cars and watches in equal measure, and you’re a big tech fan, you’re going to love the new range of watch bands from Bandwerk.

The German company is ripping the interior leather out of luxury heritage cars and making Apple Watch wrist straps. The latest Visionär Edition strap is made from the interior leather sourced from a 1986 Porsche 911. Sadly the limited amount of leather inside the Porsche donor car meant the brand was restricted to 179 straps only, and they’ve all sold out.

This strap was made using the leather from a Porsche 911 964. That seems close to sacrilege.
This strap was made using the leather from a Porsche 911 964. That seems close to sacrilege.

Other cars that have had their leather repurposed include a 1971 Mercedes S600 Pullman (the Pullman Edition), a 1989 Porsche 911 964, and even a BMW M1 from 1980 (the Special Edition Monaco).

If you don’t like cars - wait, why are you reading this if you don’t like cars?!… but there are non-car-derived leather straps available, too. Prices start at about $135 for standard straps, through to about $300 for a car-sourced leather strap. If you can get one!