Halda Race Pilot
The Daniel Wellington on my wrist does two things: tell time and reflect sunlight into my eyes at inopportune times, making it virtually useless for track-day driving. The legendary Swedish company Halda makes the , and it is quite nearly the opposite. Marketed as the "first real racing watch," not only does it do more than two things, it also features two modules: mechanical and digital. The self-winding, 45mm-wide mechanical module is powered by a Swiss-made Zenith movement, which features a Power Reserve gauge so owners know how much juice it has in the proverbial tank. The mechanical module is perfect for those more formal occasions when you don't want to appear like just another nerd sporting a digital watch.
Take to the track, however, pop in the titanium "Race Module" and you're ready to hustle. Programmed with the help of professional race car drivers, it offers intimate details on 150 of the world's most renowned race tracks, as well as an FIA Formula 1 Countdown and the ability to calculate average speed—a world-first for a watch. Not surprisingly, this duo of ticking tech comes at a steep premium, with pricing starting around $10,200.
Autodromo Driving Gloves
If you're sporting a watch as intricate as the Race Pilot, you're going to need some handwear to match. Enter the . Priced at $125, these sheep leather gloves—backed with 100% crocheted cotton—will keep your hands cool, dry, and appropriately stylish. Thankfully, as Autodromo itself points out, these gloves don't feature any "annoying snaps" but rather utilize elastic for the perfect fit.
Halcyon Mark 49 Goggles
On a vintage motoring excursion, it's not how you look but rather how you feel. You might as well embrace your inner motoring geek, leave the aviators at home, and keep your eyes safe with the . These handmade goggles are made to order in the U.K. and feature leather, brass, and stainless steel, making them a steal at $88.00. Plus, if you're restoring an old roadster, with these in the glove box, you can forgo the cost of a new Brooklands screen and find out for yourself just how wasps taste at 90 mph.
OMP Vintage Carrera
With appropriate goggles and gloves in your gear locker, make sure your feet are appropriately clad, too. Not only do these feature some of the most comfortable driving shoe designs, with a sole that is hydrocarbon resistant, they're safe, too. Adorned with contrasting inserts, lace and velcro these stylish boots will match your car's retro lines. Add to that the fact that these vintage-inspired high boots are FIA certified and the $329.00 price tag seems even more reasonable.
Though it might often be overlooked on a casual drive, tire pressure can make or break a good lap time... especially in a vintage car already down on power, and grip. So why not let some modern tech save you the embarrassment of a snail's-pace run of your local circuit with the system?
Installed in just 10 minutes, just screw the supplied Steelmate gauges onto your tires' valve stems, plug the Bluetooth-powered receiver into the cigarette lighter, pair it with your smartphone, launch the Steelmate app, and you're ready to roll at correct psi. The $249 price tag is steep, but being able to monitor your pressure without stopping on the next multi-day vintage rally is safer and more convenient.