As many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the Wimbledon tournament’s biggest stars are also “brand ambassadors” for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men’s and ladies’ Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don’t know yet, but here’s a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces.
Swiss maestro Roger Federer, he of the record-breaking 17 Grand Slam titles, grew up in Basel, home to the world’s biggest watch fair. He’s also a discerning watch fan himself, and has been an ambassador for Rolex for several years, wearing a distinctive Rolex watch on many of the occasions he has hoisted a tournament-winning trophy. Lately, he has been partial to a platinum Cosmograph Daytona. Click here for details on the watch.
Spanish star and master of the clay courts Rafael Nadal not only dons a Richard Mille watch when he hoists the championship trophy; he also, somewhat famously, wears one while he plays. The Swiss brand has created several personalized watches for Nadal, the most recent being the RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal, a limited edition of 50 pieces with a manual-wind tourbillon movement that has a grade 5 titanium baseplate and aluminum-lithium bridges. The case is made of an impact-resistant anthracite polymer with carbon nanotubes.
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