Wrist Watching: Champions League Final, Liverpool FC vs. Tottenham Hotspurs
by Nick Gould
The semifinals of the 2019 edition of soccer’s Champions League have seen two of the greatest second legs ever played.
First, Liverpool F.C. overcame a first-leg deficit of three goals to surprisingly prevail 4-3 against FC Barcelona to reach the tournament’s final. In the other semifinal, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. went through on away goals against AFC Ajax 3-3, with Hotspur winger Lucas Moura scoring the third goal with virtually the final kick of the game in the fifth minute of extra time.
Earlier this year, we published an edition of Wrist Watching featuring both the Liverpool and Tottenham managers, Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino respectively, who both wear IWC timepieces. Who would have guessed these two would be facing off in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1, 2019?!
Klopp wore his IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” for his team’s second leg at Anfield. He is pictured below embracing Liverpool player James Milner after the game with the watch clearly visible on his wrist.
Pochettino wore his IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph during his team’s semifinal second leg – and was so overcome with emotion he popped the deployant clasp of the watch, causing it to slide part way down his hand. Luckily it didn’t drop, and he secured it again to his wrist.
The watches the players are wearing
As we know which watches the coaches prefer wearing, let’s have a brief look at some of the Liverpool and Tottenham players’ wrists.
Let’s start with a few of the Liverpool players. First up is the team’s flying Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah, who has a couple of timepieces that aren’t your usual fare: for example, he has a Ulysse Nardin Freak, a watch that when released in 2001 shook up the established order with its unique design and movement.
The other watch he owns is the UR-105 CT Streamliner from independent brand Urwerk, which tells the time using Urwerk’s signature rotating satellite disk system.
Next up is Virgil Van Dijk, the rock of Liverpool’s defense and recently crowned Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year. He has a regular Patek Philippe Aquanaut Reference 5167 in steel (as does Tom Holland, only in gold) and was photographed wearing an Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A when he collected his trophy.
On the Tottenham Hotspur side the team’s main striker, Harry Kane, usually rocks his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked in stainless steel. It was on his wrist during the celebrations on the pitch following the semifinal, since he is still recovering from an injury. When he received his MBE at Buckingham Palace earlier in 2019, however, he wore a Patek Philippe Reference 5168G 20th Anniversary Aquanaut.
And I finish with the Hotspurs’ Danish midfielder, Christian Eriksen, and his Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 5712 in stainless steel. This model differs from the time-only Reference 5711 in that it also features a moon phase indication and power reserve indicator.
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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