About a week ago, tennis fans around the globe sat in their homes watching one of the four Grand Slams that takes place each year, the Australian Open. Most of these fans were concentrating on the tennis, while my eyes were glued to the players’ wrists.
World number one, Rafael Nadal, sported an ultra-light Richard Mille RM27-01. The cost of this timepiece: $690,000. Nadal’s longtime Swiss rival, Roger Federer, wore his Rolex Datejust II during practice earlier that week. Federer was also seen on the streets of Melbourne showing off his Platinum Day-Date II with a beautiful Ice Blue dial set with navy Roman numerals. Another top player, Stanislas Wawrinka, recently signed a contract with Audemars Piguet, making him one of the two (Djokovic is the other) professional tennis players sponsored by their brand. Wawrinka wore an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. No one in the top ten doesn’t wear a watch. Even guys out of the top ten, like Bernard Tomic (Rolex) and Milos Raonic (Rolex), are sponsored by watch companies. The question is, does the watch affect the performance of the player on the court? Well, at least I think so. It almost seems like the more expensive the watch is, the better the player is. I ought a buy myself a Patek Philippe Sky Moon tourbillon—I’ll become number one in the world instantly.
Luke Rottman(Executive Editor: thewatchadviser.com)