Off the Cuff: YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Limited Edition

This Wednesday, YEMA will once again make foray in the world of motorsports with the release of a brand new automatic chronograph–the Rallye 5 Turbo Limited Edition. Building on the success of its sold out Speegraf (restock coming September 2023) and the popular Rallye Andretti Limited Edition, the new Rallye 5 Turbo pays homage to the eponymous French rally car from Renault. The R5 80s hatchback is a legend in the racing world, known for its rugged construction and flashy styling–both elements that YEMA draws upon in this new chrono.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph @calibre321

In terms of design, the Rallye 5 Turbo begins with a dark grey sand-blasted dial, reminiscent of track asphalt. Through this runs a matte black “roadway” that culminates in a 30-minute sub-register, evocative of a dashboard speedometer. To balance the layout, a sandwich-style running seconds appears opposite, picking up the colour of the pencil-style handset. Because of the tone-on-tone colourway and texturing, the dial changes drastically dependent upon the light, from deep hues of black, to smoky grey. Further lightplay occurs in the polished edges of the hands and the applied, steel markers in the outer chapter ring. Both have been treated in Grade A Super-LumiNova.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
Tone on tone dial with colourful accents @calibre321

YEMA have also equipped the Rallye 5 Turbo with a tall, double-domed sapphire crystal (1.80 mm thick), which provides strong legibility and a decidedly vintage appearance.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
All new case design @calibre321

In stark contrast to the dial, the bezel is circularly brushed steel–which sets it apart from the predominantly polished case–with a tachymetric scale, allowing you to calculate speed over distance.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
Double-domed sapphire crystal and brushed steel tachymetre bezel @calibre321

Measuring in at a svelte 39mm, the case is an all new design for the brand, offering sleek, tapered lugs and an arcing profile. The pushers, in particular, are an interesting addition–modelled, as they are, after automotive pistons. The push crown is also nicely sized for easy operation, finely knurled, and signed with the long-standing YEMA logo. From lug to lug, the watch is a wearable 48mm, with a case thickness of 12mm (13.8mm /w the dome). As the timepiece is limited to only 300 exemplars, each will be individually numbered on the screw down, embossed case back. The Rallye 5 Turbo is also rated to 100m of water resistance.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
Powered by the ETA 7753 @calibre321

YEMA has returned to the ETA 7753 this time around, as it did with the Andretti Rallye reissue a few years ago. It is a 4Hz work-horse movement with 27 jewels and a 44-hour power reserve.

The watch comes standard on a full grain leather strap, hand-fashioned in the Franche-Comté region of France, not far from the YEMA shops. It has a polished buckle which has been engraved with the brand logo, as well. In addition, the watch will come in a perforated leather travel case with a matching ball cap.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
Handmade Rally Strap @calibre321



Case316L Stainless Steel
39mm Diameter
48mm Lug to Lug
12mm Thick (13.8mm /w dome)
20mm Lug Width
Steel Tachymetre Bezel
100m Water Resistance
Dial & CrystalDouble-Domed Sapphire
Matte Grey/Black Sandwich Dial
/w Sand Texture
Polished Applied Markers
Date @ Six
2 Sub-dials
MovementETA 7753
Central Chrono, Running Secs, 30-Minute Register
27 Jewels
28 800bph
44-Hour Power Reserve
StrapLeather Rally Strap
/w Polished Steel Hardware

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph


YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
Modelled after the Renault R5 steering wheel and dashboard @calibre321

Of Interest

Christoper Bôle, third-generation watchmaker and director of operations at YEMA took a lead role in the design of the Rally 5 Turbo. “First, I started drawing an immediately recognisable dial reminiscent of the very singular steering wheel shape of the 1st generation R5 Turbo, as well as chronograph’s counters and hands retaining the characteristic design codes of the car’s dashboard.” Those aesthetic choices made by Renault in 1980, represented “creative risk-taking”–not unlike the design choices being made by YEMA in the Rallye 5 Turbo, today.

The 1st generation R5 steering wheel which inspired the Rallye 5 Turbo @calibre321


I might have envisioned more brushing in the case design–similar to what we find on the bezel and case back–if only to be more representative of the dependable, work-a-day nature of the vehicle it represents. That being said, the R5 was also known for its flamboyant liveries.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
Easy-wearing 39mm case @calibre321

Final Thoughts

Although we are only now in March, it is clear to see that 2023 is quickly developing as the year of the chronograph in the way that 2022 was clearly the year of the GMT. However, while many brands will be pushing motorsport and aviation inspired offerings, YEMA has managed hone in a on a very particular page in automotive history with a very limited edition which is sure to attract adherents of both the carmaker and the watch brand. The Rallye 5 Turbo denotes a playful approach to watch design that is quickly becoming a hallmark of the brand. The Rallye 5 Turbo seems right at home in a catalogue that includes such timepieces as the colourful Rallygraf and the funky Meangraf collections.

While it is still too early to tell, it does appear at this juncture, that YEMA is also bucking a trend of 42mm launches. At only 39mm in diameter–and 12mm thick–the Rallye 5 Turbo is nicely sized for the average wrist. It would be difficult at this price point to find many other chronographs using the ETA 7753 with tidier dimensions. All in all, the Rallye 5 Turbo is a well-built, off-kilter launch with a thoughtful design, worthy of the automobile it hopes to commemorate.

The YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo will retail for $2190USD. For more information, please visit the brand website.

YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph Watch
YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Chronograph @calibre321

About the author

Brent Robillard is a writer, educator, craftsman, and watch enthusiast. He is the author of four novels. You can follow him on Instagram.

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2 thoughts on “Off the Cuff: YEMA Rallye 5 Turbo Limited Edition

  1. Todd Seger /rolextudorguy

    Great review Robi 🙌🏽 I personally would have liked to see at least one pop of color as in the 80’s cockpit of the first generation R5…. But the 39mm is a nice change towards the average wrist…

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