Ace: A Rolex Explorer, Wimbledon, And The Maurice De Mauriac Lawn Tennis NATO Strap
Aside from the obvious, visiting Wimbledon is not like attending a Kiss concert for one major reason: people don’t dress up quite so enthusiastically, preferring instead to maintain traditional English decorum.
At Kiss concerts, a disproportionately large amount of fans (affectionately known as the Kiss Army) actually attend the show wearing Kiss-styled makeup, or at the very least a band t-shirt.
Tennis fans attending Wimbledon are no less ardent about the most important tennis tournament on earth, though it would admittedly be quite difficult to spend a hot summer day watching tennis with face paint on.
So, aside from wearing a boring old tennis shirt – Wimbledon only allows white tennis clothes on court – how could you display your passionate spirit for others to see and engage with?
Maurice de Mauriac has come up with a fantastic solution for fans of the white sport and horology alike. “Tennis and Timepieces” journalist Miguel Seabra perfectly models the best possible combination: a “Merry Old England”-inspired NATO strap worn on a timepiece made by the main sponsor of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships: Rolex.
Rolex has been the main sponsor of “the championships” since 1978. (Please read Rolex And Wimbledon: A Match Made In (Tennis) Heaven for a more complete history of this partnership.)
Unfortunately, Rolex has not (yet) made a special edition wristwatch for Wimbledon, nor has it ever taken the initiative to create a special strap, bracelet, or dial (I’d be the first in line to get one!).
Zurich-based boutique brand Maurice de Mauriac has created just the right accessory for any Rolex (or any other brand) and all fans of great tennis and the famous tournament: a comfortable “Merry Old England”-inspired NATO strap in three lug sizes.
The textile strap, which was co-designed by Seabra, touts dark purple and green hues, ancient English club/college colors.
For more information on how to obtain one for yourself, please visit www.mauricedemauriac.ch/en/accessoires/nato-fabric-straps.