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Which watch for: Roberto Mancini

by Michael Weare
14 May, 2013
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Roberto Mancini

You can finish second in the Premier League, take your team to the FA Cup Final and secure European football for next year, at most clubs this would be more than enough to secure your services for at least a few more years, but it’s not enough for Manchester City. They see themselves as having failed to achieve most of their objectives this season, and so it is that Roberto Mancini is taking the dreaded early bath, and has been sacked as manager.

A sacking for many means a desperate revisiting of a dusty old CV, frantic phone calls to headhunters to see what’s out there, and, as a last resort, two hours of pointless form filling at the Job Centre. Well, Mancini may be sacked, but don’t expect to see him queuing at a Manchester Job Centre any time soon.

He only recently signed a 4 year extension on his contract at Manchester City, and as the most highly paid manager in the Premier League, his salary is £7.5m. This is going to amount to a pay off in the multiple millions. Mancini will be taking his cardboard box out of the luxurious doors of the Etihad stadium with a cheque so large it may have trouble squeezing through.

On top of that, round about now he will be receiving dozens of phone calls from some of the richest clubs in Europe including Roma and Monaco begging for a chance to talk.

So what do you do when you suddenly find yourself footloose and fancy free with an obscene Premier League pay off? Go out and buy some watches of course!

Richard Mille RM11-01

Richard Mille RM 11-01

Mancini already has a top end watch in his honour, produced by watchmaker to the world’s top sporting celebrities, Richard Mille. Mille was inspired to create a bespoke watch for Mancini after Sergio Aguero’s title-clinching goal in the final moments of a thrilling match against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad on the final day of last season.

Mancini was keen to acquire a little extra assistance on the touchline because, once the 90 minutes is up, there is no indication on the scoreboards as to how long the stoppage time remains.

‘It’s special because when Richard and I talked about when we won the Championship last year, and those final minutes, I told him when the [90 minutes’] time is finished in the stadium you can’t see the time left, you don’t know how many minutes – one, two, three? ‘  Mancini’s sleek new timepiece matches his slick European style, but also comes equipped with a dial divided into periods of play and the Italian tricolour markings to assist him on the sidelines.

But now Mancini himself has been sidelined, what other watches should he consider.

Hublot MP05 La Ferrari

Hublot MP05 La Ferrari

Limited to just 50 pieces, this watch could appeal to Roberto’s Italian sensibilities, as he crams his belongings into his Ferrari in the car park. It features a world record power reserve for a hand-wound Tourbillon wristwatch. The movement HUB9005.H1.6, with a suspended Vertical tourbillon is 100% designed, developed and produced by Hublot Manufacture engineers and watchmakers and is also the watch with the most watchmaking components created to date by Hublot, with a total of 637 components.

The LAFERRARI watch was developed in technical and design terms entirely in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari team. The watch features a complex shaped sapphire crystal as well as an open case-back, and is made from black PVD titanium. The crown is positioned under the case.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatour

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatour

Just as coming in second to Manchester United in the Championship title race was not good enough for Man City’s Middle Eastern multi-millionaires, defying the laws of gravity and high frequency is not enough for the Excalibur Quatour. It also offers a completely new way of indicating the power reserve. While a double display showing the crescent of the moon turns at the same speed as the barrels (4.5 revolutions per day) the needle also turns, but more slowly. As the power reserve reduces, the hand follows the barrels’ rate of discharge, positioning itself precisely on the two moon crescents to indicate the power still in reserve. A patent has been filed for this inventive, precise, intuitive and innovative mechanism that perfectly represents the values of Roger Dubuis. Roberto could buy half a dozen of these and still have change left over for a Mancunian pie and chips.

Royal Blue Ice Watch

Ice Watch

Inevitably Roberto will be feeling a little blue now that his City career has been put on ice, so why not get over it with this royal blue watch from Belgium brand Ice. The watch comes with a calendar which will remind Mancini that it’s exactly a year to the day, when in happier times, he clinched the Championship for City.

Richard Mille RM 39-01 Automatic Aviation E6-B

Richard Mille RM11-01 Aviation


This watch was unveiled at Baselworld just two weeks before the fateful FA Cup Final that sealed Mancini’s fate. It’s so new it won’t be on the market for a few more months, but with one call to his friend Mr. Mille, surely Roberto can secure one, after all, he is going to be doing a lot of flying in the next few weeks. This breathtakingly complex watch is a tourbillion flyback calibre with 1,000 parts. The watch features a massive date at 12 o’clock, a chronograph, variable geometry rotor and month display. It also includes a movement with 620 parts with a 50 hours power reserve.

Generally speaking, 48 to 50 hours is about the amount of time required for the newspapers to get over the sensation of a big football sacking, so Mancini could have this one on his wrist secure in the knowledge that even if other things wind him up in the coming days, at least his watch won’t need winding.

Least likely watch purchase: Wigan Athletic Diamante watch


Wigan Athletic Diamante Watch


This frankly outrageously cheap piece of tat from Wigan Athletic is most likely the last on Roberto Mancini’s list of must have watches, just be grateful it tells the time. It costs just £20. Last month 8 year old City fan Megan Kinghorn decided to send Mancini two packets of Fruit Pastilles after she noticed him devouring a packet on the touchline at the Etihad Stadium – and the City boss wrote a letter back to thank her, complete with a signed photograph. Maybe he could also send this watch to her. But then again, maybe not.

Ben Watson scores winning goal in stoppage of FA Cup Final

Send it to stoppage time scorer Ben Watson’s girlfriend instead.

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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:

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