5 Prominent Euro 2020 Managers And Coaches And Their Watches
by Nick Gould
The postponed Euro 2020 tournament is now well underway after being delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have already seen some great games, notably in the round of 16 with Switzerland prevailing over reigning world champion France on penalties after regular time finished at 3-3 and the Czech Republic surprising the Netherlands with a 2-0 win.
During this tournament, there have been a plethora of interesting watches on the wrists of the managers and coaches outside of the prominent Hublot wearers Elizabeth Doerr pointed out in 6 Hublot Soccer Ambassadors Ready For The European Championships With The Big Bang e UEFA Euro 2020.
Here are the timepieces of five other managers and coaches participating in the Euro 2020.
Switzerland’s Vladimir Petković wears Carl F. Bucherer
Carl F. Bucherer sponsors the Swiss national soccer team, and Switzerland’s manager Vladimir Petković has alternated between a Patravi ScubaTec diver’s watch and the classy Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral.
The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral was on his wrist for the team’s sensational win against France.
It is a stunning tourbillon wristwatch with a peripheral winding rotor and prominently placed flying tourbillon that could almost be called understated if it weren’t for its stately 43.1 mm size.
Germany’s Joachim Löw chooses IWC and Omega
Joachim (Jogi) Löw is the head coach of the German national team, and “Die Mannschaft’s” loss against England on June 30, 2021 represented his very last game in this position as he is now retiring.
During the tournament Löw sported the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition No Time to Die, the same watch Daniel Craig wears in the upcoming Bond film No Time to Die.
While on the sidelines, though, Löw alternated between the Omega and a black IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands. Schaffhausen-based IWC had a long association with the German team, which still runs deep with some of the players and coaching staff.
Luis Enrique of Spain and the Ulysse Nardin Freak X
The most surprising watch that I came across during a tournament full of great spotting belongs to the manager of Spain, Luis Enrique, who was wearing a Ulysse Nardin Freak X in black on a rubber strap.
This is a toned-down version of the original Freak, but it still makes a statement on the wrist – probably due at least in part to its sizable 43 mm diameter and all-black presence.
Coincidentally, the watch “matches” the tattoo on Enrique’s left arm, which just happens to be the letter X.
Austria’s Franco Foda and his Rolex Daytona
There have been a few managers with Rolex timepieces, and once again the Daytona proves popular.
Austria’s manager, German national Franco Foda, wore his stainless steel Reference 116500LN Daytona with black dial and matching ceramic bezel.
The stainless steel Daytona is currently one of the most sought-after models in the Rolex catalogue.
Named for him: the Richard Mille RM 11-04 Automatic Roberto Mancini
Only one manager at the Euro 2020 tournament has a timepiece named after him, and that honor belongs to Italy’s Roberto Mancini. The Squadra Azzurra’s famed coach wears the Richard Mille RM 11-04 Automatic Roberto Mancini, an automatic flyback chronograph with a central minute counter and annual calendar for tracking half-time, extra time, and overtime.
The RM 11-04 Automatic Roberto Mancini stands out thanks to its blue accents and other colors in the dial region symbolizing the Italian flag contrasting against the black patterned Carbon TPT case. This precise blue hue is what gives the Italian national team its “Squadra Azzurra” (“blue team”) nickname.
The RM 11-04 Automatic Roberto Mancini, like practically all Richard Mille timepieces today, is only available at the brand’s own boutiques; at its introduction in 2019 it retailed for $189,500. Mancini has been a friend of the brand since 2013.
We look forward to watching the rest of the tournament and to more sporting surprises – and of course who will be crowned European champion on July 11 at Wembley Stadium in London.
You can follow the action at www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020.
Quick Facts Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Reference 116500LN
Case: 40 x 12.2 mm, stainless steel with ceramic bezel
Movement: automatic Caliber 4130 with blue Parachrom hairspring, 72-hour power reserve, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, officially certified C.O.S.C. chronometer (white or black dials)
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; chronograph
Years of manufacture: 2000 through present
Quick Facts Ulysse Nardin Freak X
Case: 43 mm, titanium, DLC-coated titanium
Movement: automatic Caliber UN-230, silicon balance wheel with nickel flyweights, flying carrousel movement, 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes
Remark: 5-year warranty
Quick Facts Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
Case: 42 mm, titanium with helium escape valve
Movement: automatic Caliber 8806, magnetic resistance 15,000 Gauss, 35 jewels, 25,200 vph/3.5 Hz frequency, power reserve 55 hours; Master Chronometer certification
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Remark: five-year warranty