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Footballers and their watches part 2

by rich
27 September, 2011
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We featured an article on footballers’ watches a couple of months ago. New Click Tempus contributor Rich Jarrott of The Watch Hut offers some additional information on footballer’s past and present watches of choice.

The wages of Premiership footballers are beyond the dreams of most watch buyers, but their taste in high-end watches often feature in the thoughts of horologists.

The Premiership is currently staffed with a number of foreign players. These international stars are able to command substantial salaries. Take for example Didier Drogba, who currently earns £115,000 per week.

Didier Drogba and his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Didier Drogba Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Drogba’s choice of watch is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph. The watch has been customised for the Chelsea Vice-Captain with over 450 diamonds. This customisation has increased the price of the watch to the £51,000 mark. Alongside stunning looks, the inside of the case incorporates a second inner casing that protects the movement from magnetism. It can withstand electro-magnetic fields of up to 24,000 A/h.

Zinedine Zidane and his IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur

Zinedine Zidane IWC Schaffhausen

The IWC watch brand, based out of Schaffhausen, Switzerland is another firm favourite amongst footballers. Both Real Madrid’s Director of Football and former captain of the French National Team Zinedine Zidane, who produces his own signature line for the range, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wear the timepieces.

His current signature watch is the IWC Ingenieur version of the brand’s popular pilot watch. The case measures 45.5mm wide and features the Calibre 5113 automatic movement that is produced in-house. The watch features an eight-day power reserve.

Cesc Fabregas and his Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande-Date Chronograph

Cesc Fabregas and TAG Heuer

One watch within the reach of most football fans is that owned by Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas recently left Arsenal for the Spanish La Liga club, but he is likely to have taken his timepiece with him.

His watch of choice is a Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande-Date Chronograph. The watch features a quartz analogue movement, overlaid with a black dial that features a date window at the 6 o’clock position. The watch is suitable for diving and swimming at pressures of up to 20 atmospheres due to its impressive water resistance.

Hublot King Power Red Devil

Hublot King Power Red Devil Limited Edition

Back in the Premiership, Hublot is a popular choice. Indeed last season’s champions (and masters of merchandising) Manchester United has its own official watch produced by the Geneva based watchmaker, the Hublot King Power Red Devil.

The timepiece is currently in its third limited edition incarnation since its initial release in 2008. It has an unusual chronograph that is designed to measure the 45 minutes of each half of the game. The skeletal watch features a ‘Red Devils’ logo at 3pm and contains freeze-dried and lacquered grass from the Old Trafford pitch that is incorporated in to the indexes.

Whatever your own desires in watch design, you can be sure that with growing pay packets premiership footballers will be at the forefront of unusual designs.

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