Wrist Watching At Wimbledon 2019 Starring Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pharrell Williams, Serena Williams, The Duke Of Kent, And Jack Nicklaus
by Nick Gould
You may recall Serena Williams playing while wearing an upside-down Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 37mm during the Wimbledon 2019 fortnight.
Williams was beaten in the final by Simona Halep in a lightning-quick 58 minutes! Halep is an Hublot “friend of the brand” but did not lift the trophy during the presentation ceremony with a watch on her wrist – most likely due to being overwhelmed with emotion and excitement after winning her second Grand Slam tournament of 2019 after the French Open at Roland-Garros.
In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic duked it out with Roger Federer – one of the game’s all-time greats – for the men’s championship. Djokovic prevailed in an epic five-set match that lasted almost five hours, setting the record for the longest men’s final at Wimbledon.
Djokovic lifted the trophy with a Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH003 on his wrist; the world number one is sponsored by the brand, having signed a contract that runs through 2020 (see Seiko Nets Renewed Partnership With Novak Djokovic).
As an impeccable Rolex ambassador, Federer collected his runner-up plate wearing a gold Rolex Day-Date 40 mm with green dial.
Wimbledon sponsor Rolex an obvious fan favorite
Apart from the players, I spotted some interesting timepieces on the wrists of spectators during the tournament.
Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams was in attendance for the women’s final. His watch was by far the most expensive of the lot, even eclipsing the price tag of Rafael Nadal’s match-worn RM 27-03. Nadal, a Richard Mille ambassador, lost to Federer in the semifinals.
Williams wore a $983,000 Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure. This watch was designed in collaboration with actor Sylvester Stallone, who is a big Richard Mille fan. As its name suggests, it features a tourbillon in addition to a chronograph and compass. Capping off the “adventure” part, it also houses five tablets for water purification.
The Duke of Kent is the president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Having held the position since 1969, he attends the tournament every year, presenting trophies to the winners. I spotted him wearing an uncommon vintage Rolex Oysterquartz with black dial as he presented Halep with the winner’s trophy.
Among the plethora of interesting watches on view in the Wimbledon crowd, I’d like to finish by pointing out golfing legend and Rolex ambassador Jack Nicklaus, who attended the tournament early in the first week. Nicklaus was sporting a gold Rolex Day-Date with black dial – probably the replacement for the signature Day-Date he has worn for more than 50 years, which he has recently agreed to let Phillips auction to benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
Quick Facts Richard Mille RM 25-01 Adventure Tourbillon
Case: 50.85 x 23.65 mm, titanium and Carbon TPT
Movement: manually wound Caliber RM 25-01 with one-minute tourbillon, free-sprung balance with variable inertia, 35 jewels, 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency, 72-hour power reserve, torque and function indicators, fast-rotating barrel
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; 24-hour display, chronograph, power reserve, compass and spirit level for holding watch horizontal
Limitation: 20 pieces
Remark: watch case contains five tablets for water purification