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André Villas-Boas is new football ambassador for Franck Muller

by Michael Weare
22 June, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

André Villas-Boas

New club, new brand ambassadorship; life is looking good for 33 year old André Villas-Boas.

Franck Muller has just appointed him as their new football Ambassador. He has also just been signed up to manage Chelsea next season and last season he was the youngest coach ever to win the European Cup with FC Porto.

Franck Muller Villas-Boas Limited Edition

Franck Muller Villas Boas Limited Edition watch

Franck Muller Villas Boas Limited Edition reverse

The first Franck Muller watch to celebrate the new partnership is a Casablanca chronograph made in stainless steel and graced with blue numerals. The watch is coated in black PVD and mounted on a black rubber strap with sapphire glass and an automatic chronograph movement. The watch is water resistant to 30 metres, and suitable only for everyday wear but not for swimming.

The André Villas-Boas chronograph bears a blue signature on a black surface, as well as the x/33 indication. The timepiece is issued in a numbered sequence limited to 33 copies, to celebrate the age at which André Villas-Boas achieved his historic win.

It will be available from the autumn and priced at around US$28,650. In truth it’s probably of interest strictly for the wealthy and ardent FC Porto fan (although in the current climate, other than Ronaldo, Mourinho and Villas-Boas is there such a thing as a wealthy Portuguese football fan?) The regular Franck Muller Casablanca is a comparative snip at around US$8,500.

Football pedigree

It was Bobby Robson, then manager of FC Porto, who admired Villas-Boas’ passion and offered to help him earn his coaching badges before he took on a coaching role at the club under one of the Englishman’s successors – Mourinho.

Villas-Boas became Mourinho’s deputy at Chelsea and Inter Milano before returning to Portugal to start his own career as head coach, winning everything that he could win at the helm of FC Porto this past season: the National Championship, the Portuguese Cup, the Super Cup and also the Europa League. At just 33 years-old, he has become the youngest manager ever to win a European competition.

As of now he will be the new manager at Chelsea for the 2011/2012 season with a salary of £4.4 million – more than enough to indulge his passion for watches.

“When I was a youngster and didn’t have much money, I wanted to buy a TAG Heuer Monaco, but I couldn’t afford it then.” André Villas-Boas

Being the shrewd man he is, even though he could easily afford a TAG Heuer now, André is likely to sport only Franck Muller watches in public from here on, and he’ll be in good company because footballers such as Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and David Bentley of Spurs wear Franck Muller watches too. (See: Footballers and their watches)

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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