Wrist Watching: English Premier League Managers Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino Wearing IWC
by Nick Gould
This edition of Wrist Watching takes us to the world of soccer and the English Premier League, where two prominent timepieces by IWC have captured my attention.
At the halfway point of the 2018-2019 season, Liverpool F.C. is currently leading the table, managed by the enthusiastic Jürgen Klopp. The German, who has coached Liverpool since 2015, is considered one of the best in the world at his profession.
Klopp is usually a very animated person on the sideline, especially when his team scores a goal or a referee decision goes against him.
Which is great for watch spotters as it results in lots of clapping, fist pumping, and other actions. Luckily, it also provides an unhindered view of his choice of timepiece.
Klopp has been wearing an IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” for a while now. This watch has some serious wrist presence thanks to its 49 x 19.5 mm black Ceratanium case.
I have also spotted him previously wearing Ingenieur and Spitfire Chronograph models.
Thanks to its perpetual calendar lineage at IWC, the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar differs from other perpetual calendars – which display the day, date, leap year, and month in subdials – by, as the name suggests, displaying the date and the month in a digital format and forgoing a display of the day. Its leap year indicator is visible within the subdial at the 6 o’clock position, adding to its very technical look.
This timepiece also features a flyback chronograph capable of timing an event for up to 12 hours. Since it is a diver’s watch it also includes a unidirectional 60-minute bezel to keep track of dive times.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C.’s manager Mauricio Pochettino is Argentinean. And he has transformed the club into a top performer in the Premier League. As of this writing, Tottenham is in second place behind Liverpool in the standings.
Pochettino has rotated a few watches from IWC, with a Bronze Aquatimer chronograph occupying his wrist for quite a long time and more recently a red gold Spitfire Big Pilot.
The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph has gotten the most time on his wrist over the past six months as far as I can see.
It is recognizable by its engraved bezel showing reference cities around the world. The Timezoner Chronograph allows the wearer to set the watch to another time zone by simply pushing down and turning the bezel without the need to touch the crown. In addition, the watch also incorporates a flyback chronograph.
And I do think IWC has taken notice of Pochettino’s love of the brand as its ads are regularly seen on the electronic billboards at Tottenham home games, and IWC sponsors “Mauricio’s Minute,” a segment on Tottenham’s YouTube channel.
For more information on these watches please visit iwc.com/aquatimer/iw379403-aquatimer-perpetual-calendar-digital-date-month-edition and iwc.com/timezoner-chronograph.
Quick Facts IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer”
Case: 49 x 19.5 mm, Ceratanium
Movement: automatic Caliber 89802, 68-hour power reserve, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; flyback chronograph, perpetual calendar with date, month, and leap year indicator
Limitation: 50 pieces
Price: $46,800/€ 49,900/£41,250 excluding taxes
Quick Facts IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph
Case: 46 x 16.8 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 89760, 68-hour power reserve, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; date; second time zone/24-hour time display, world time, flyback chronograph
Price: $11,900/€13,300/£10,950 excluding taxes
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