If the eye is first on the dial, the watch strap will fix your timepiece on your wrist and highlight its contours and colors. It is also he who supports the daily manipulations, the addicts and the outrages of the time: the choice of a bracelet of watch must not therefore be left to chance!

You will find below some tips for choosing, accompanied by a review of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of bracelets available on the market.

Choosing a bracelet: aesthetics and practice

Before going into the details of what the builders propose, some general considerations. The choice of a watch bracelet depends on several criteria which you will level the importance according to your uses and your possible collection. In the first place, there is of course the style, with an aesthetic dimension inseparable from the craze we bring to our dear timepieces. Then come comfort, certainly not to neglect, and resistance, essential if you plan to wear your watch to play sports or in particularly difficult conditions.

Some prefer the style, others want an indestructible fighter, while others seek a bracelet that will be forgotten. Before making your choice, take the time to think about the various options available, and determine in particular the widths and thicknesses that seem to suit the dial retained, so that the proportions are pleasing to the eye.

Leather in all its forms: a faithful ally

Inseparable from the very notion of a watch bracelet, leather comes in all its forms according to manufacturer’s catalogs. The traditional form, known as classic leather, uses a strip of calf leather, cow or buffalo, tanned, tinted and sewn to offer different colors and levels of resistance. There are very soft leather bracelets and others much more rigid.

The leather is comfortable and comfortable to wear. In short, the men’s leather watch is ideal for the city and Sunday in the country, especially when it begins to be slightly weathered. Be careful at two points. First, some leather bracelets are not water resistant: if they have not received appropriate treatment, they quickly suffer from unsightly stains or tend to fade, especially under the combined action of salt and water. sunshine by the sea. Then, a few people, fortunately few, are sometimes allergic to the contact materials used for tanning, especially when it is made of chrome … For the rest, it is obviously a safe value, especially if the color of the leather responds harmoniously to that of the dial.

Crocodile, snake, lizard, ostrich or shark …

The world of luxury has quickly abandoned cattle hides in favor of thinner skins, reputed for all leatherwork. More rare and more expensive, these leathers are generally recognizable by their patterns and their characteristic texture: this is the case, for example, with the snake or crocodile, whose scales emphasize the bracelet along its entire length. Here, it is very clearly the aesthetic aspect that prevails, even though most of these leathers also have the advantage of being particularly resistant. We particularly think of shark skin bracelets or Galuchat that work wonders once attached to the horns of a diver.

In steel or gold, mesh and metal are successful

What’s better than a metal bracelet to accompany a metal case? Whether steel, gold or titanium, with tinted links, polished or brushed, metal bracelets are generally part of the continuity of the timepiece they accompany. Very popular in the diver segment, metal is also very popular in jewelery. Its advantages ? It is obviously resistant, successful on the aesthetic level and rather comfortable everyday once well adjusted. Its detractors still blame him for a sometimes massive side, a touch a little cold or the need for regular cleaning. The Milanese mesh, much finer, has made a real comeback on the market in recent years!

The fabric strap: economical and practical

Today that says fabric often says NATO, in reference to the nickname of the model G10 developed for the British army in the early 60s. The principle? A one-piece, seamless, one-piece nylon strap that is easy to adjust and extremely durable. Convenient in that it fixes the wrist watch well by preventing it from turning, it is also fast to produce, economical, washable, and available in an infinity of colors or patterns. The very special loop of the bThe original NATO racelet has now disappeared from most models claiming this name, but they gain access to a wide variety of clasps. Of course, the fabric is not limited to nylon! If the latter is often the frame, the dubbing allow all fantasies, tweed, flannel or painted canvas!

Rubber and synthetic

Last family and not least , bracelets made from polymers (natural rubber or synthetic plastics) are essential in the world of sport as their strength and flexibility lend themselves to extreme uses. Even if one now finds hues and sculptures original and very worked, synthetics suffer from an image a little less flattering than the leather or the metal. The quality models make up for a rock solid. It is also funny to note that some particularly prestigious houses have chosen to combine some of their recent productions with rubber bracelets: this is the case for example of Breguet with his Marine or Audemars Piguet with the Royal Oak model!

That concludes this quick overview that we will continue soon with a review of the different types of loops and clasps available on the market!