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Roland Garros Rolex crisis

by Michael Weare
25 May, 2012
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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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The perception that European leaders lack the political will to tackle the continent’s financial and economic problems has left markets on edge for weeks. Recession is spreading. Banks are under pressure. The UK is experiencing a double dip recession. And the biggest fear is that if Greece cannot be saved, other larger economies – like Spain or Portugal – might face the same fate.

Meanwhile, at Roland Garros in Paris, world number 3 tennis player Roger Federer has a crisis all of his own; whether to wear black or white Nike socks for this year’s French Open.

The Eurozone Crisis article attracted 181 comments from readers. The Roger Federer Sock Crisis attracted 30,954 comments. We therefore have to conclude that Roger’s sock crisis is considerably more important to people than the predictable mess we call the Eurozone.

And for watch lovers there is much more to worry about. What colour watch dial should Roger wear to Roland Garros? Fortunately there are no choices when it comes to brand, it has to be Rolex, as Roger is signed to them for many more years to come.

Rolex Sky Dweller

Rolex Sky Dweller

But, choices, choices, which Rolex? Could it be the newish 42mm Rolex Sky Dweller? It comes with a white dial, a chocolate dial and also a rose gold dial, but sadly no black. It’s a technological first for Rolex, a watch with both an annual calendar and dual timezones. This means Roger can decide which colour socks he should be wearing in two different places at the same time.

Rolex Sea Dweller

Rolex Sea Dweller black face

Alternatively, there’s the ever reliable Rolex Sea Dweller which comes with a sock matching black dial. As Roger will be just two months shy of his 31st birthday at Roland Garros, he can expect to find himself increasingly in hot water as the tournament progresses, so the Sea Dweller, perfectly comfortable at 300 metres, could be the answer.

But as age inevitably catches up with Roger, maybe this should be reflected, if not in his choice of hosiery, at least in his choice of Rolex. Fortunately Rolex is blessed with a history of many wonderful models of yesteryear.

Rolex Ref 6609 Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Rolex Ref 6609

This magnificent and rare Ref 6609 Oyster Perpetual Datejust, known as a Thunderbird, popped up on my Facebook page this morning courtesy of Rolex Passion Report. Roger could steal a lead from Usain Bolt and match them up with some gold Nike socks.

Rolex 1937 chronograph by Kindler Thorpe

Rolex Chronometer by Kindler Thorpe

Rolex by Kindler Thorpe

But as you can see, black goes extremely well with this stunningly engraved 1937 yellow gold Rolex chronograph by engraver Marcus Hunt of Kindler Thorpe, and this would be my choice for his watch at Roland Garros this year.

Roger winning Wimbledon in 2009

Finally, here’s a picture of Roger Federer moments after he won Wimbledon for the last time in 2009. Note the Rolex Datejust on his wrist. Here we don’t need to guess what colour socks he was wearing, Wimbledon insists on nothing but white, so crisis solved.

Kindler Thorpe 1937 Rolex courtesy of KindlerThorpe.com
Rolex Ref 6609 coutesy of Rolex Passion Report.com
Roger winning Wimbledon picture coutesy of Rolex Magazine.com

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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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