This week, Fratello On Air returns with a new episode inspired by one of our listeners. We’re talking about our favorite watch and strap combinations. Of course, we’re allowing bracelets to enter the conversation as well. As always, we also have several other topics on tap.

So, what are our favorite watch and strap combinations? It’s a good question but one that we seek to answer. We thank our faithful listener Richard for today’s topics. Metal enters the fray as well because some watches look better with a bit of dangle. Shoes are also in focus as this was also a request from our listener. We hope you enjoy the show!


After some television discussion, we kick off our show with the Handgelenkskontrolle and are wearing watch and strap pairings that will be mentioned during the main topic. Balazs is home in Hungary and has brought his Grand Seiko SBGA439 on a denim-blue Delugs strap. Mike is wearing his 14K gold Longines Park Avenue from 1951 on a “Honey Wind” leather strap by Nick Gabarro. We then turn our attention to our current grail sneakers. Balazs lists the Asics Gel Lite 3 Miami Beach Edition, Travis Scott × Fragment × Nike Air Jordan 1, and his signed Adidas Stan Smith shoes as his favorites. Mike is still pining for one of his high-school favorites to return. His all-time crush is the gray, white, black, and yellow Nike Air Trainer Max ’91 worn by Bo Jackson. Finally, Mike has purchased a vintage Tissot pocket watch, which sparks a discussion about what to do with these lovely objects.

Watch and strap combinations

Naming our favorite watch and strap combinations is tough. It depends on the day, the season, and the specific watch. However, we’ve tried to bring up some of our most frequent picks. Here are the main points we discuss:

  • GLC camouflage ripstop strap
  • Any Saffiano or Epsom leather strap on a simple dress watch
  • Switching from a bracelet to a strap that matches the dial color, such as the Delugs strap that Balazs has on his Grand Seiko
  • Forstner bracelets, especially the Flat Link and Klip
  • Vintage bracelets, including well-made pieces from Germany, the UK, and the USA
  • The Honey Wind strap from Wind Vintage

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode and thanks again to Richard for the great topic suggestions! If you have any additional topics for future shows, feel free to let us know.