Gentlemen… Introducing The Rallye Strap by JOSEPH BONNIE
Gentlemen... Introducing The Rallye Strap by JOSEPH BONNIE
Matching the right bracelet for the right watch is not always easy. To find the perfect strap for our chronographs, especially models made for racing drivers, we have several options…luckily. A beautiful classic strap will surely enhance the case, and a NATO will give it a great military look.
In the end, the ideal choice in our opinion remains the “Rallye” or “Racing” strap. You know, the one lined with perforations?
Today, we are very proud to present you our version of the iconic strap.
A Racing Spirit
The “Racing” or “Rallye” strap is essentially made of leather, perforated all along its length. The origin of the strap in question dates back to the 1970’s. The puncture pattern was directly inspired by the perforations present in certain parts of racing cars as a way to reduce weight.
Another inspiration is the tiny perforations of race car seats or racing driver’s gloves, which we can’t get enough of.
Finishing & Proportions
Made entirely by hand in France, these straps have finishing and proportions that are the same as our classic straps. The exceptionally supple calfskin used is available in several colors: black, brown and khaki green. Same color stitching, threading and three coats of edge dye make it the high-quality product we all want to feel on our wrist.
The harmony of details is difficult to master for Rallye bracelets. If the perforations are too wide, skin and arm hair will come up to say hello even if not welcomed. If they’re too small, getting a perfect result will be almost impossible.
We’re very pleased with the product we’re presenting today, both in its quality and finishing as well as in the balance of its proportions. The perforations in the central row are slightly larger than the holes for the buckle, and the perforations in the lateral rows are much smaller so as not to reveal too much skin.
Ideally? Real car racing driver chronographs such as Rolex Daytona, Heuer Monaco or Omega Speedmaster. You’re lucky if you have one, but for the others don’t panic. Any vintage or recent chronograph will go wonderfully well and create a “sporty-chic” look that will embellish the watch.
We even did a test on a little Constellation and a Submariner. Daring, very daring, we know.
Even if the purists will be skeptical, naturally, the aesthete hiding inside us all will tell you that it works!