Cristiano Ronaldo and His Winning Lineup of Watches

CRISTIANO RONALDO IS ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST RECOGNIZABLE FOOTBALL (SOCCER) PLAYER AND IS WORTH APPROXIMATELY $361 MILLION. HIS INCREDIBLE WATCH COLLECTION ACCOUNTS FOR A PORTION OF THAT NET WORTH.

FROM THE FIRST TESTIMONIALS…

One of the first documented efforts of this cooperation between a watchmaking company and sportsmen (or in this case, sportswomen) happened at the beginning of the last century.

… TO THE RACE FOR STARDOM

As time went by, also the reputation of athletes and record breakers increased. The enhanced reach of media rendered the whole world smaller, and all the main protagonists of every field — movies, music, sports — became global stars. And with the added notoriety, also the money involved increased exponentially.

THE HIGH JEWELRY TIMEPIECES

One of the most famous is a watch that has caused a lot of controversy in the world of watch aficionados: the fantabulous timepiece studded with diamonds and rubies that he wore during a press meeting in 2018, and which attribution was widely disputed between Jacob & Co. and Franck Muller.

HUBLOT

For example, Ronaldo was spotted in a dressing room while wearing a “plain” Hublot Big Bang Automatic Chronograph. The Big Bang, with its round case in stainless steel and its chronograph feature, is actually one of the most simple and sporty Hublot timepieces.

TAG HEUER

CR7, for a long time, was an ambassador for TAG Heuer — the first football player to be enlisted in the St Imier’s company lineup in this role. And talking about their cooperation, Ronaldo cited the brand’s philosophy “to totally change the game, push the limits and make [their] own rules”, adding that it is “a great honor to be a part of such a powerful and pioneering legacy”.

ROLEX

So, to comment on other watches that have graced in the past the wrist of Mr. Ronaldo, we can cite the ever-present brand of the Crown, Rolex, with several references of note.

BVLGARI

Of watches, he seems to appreciate the tourbillon feature more than others. In this photo, Cristiano shows his appreciation for Italian design, as he is wearing a luxurious Bulgari timepiece belonging to the Octo line. This is the Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Diamond, featuring a super slim case and fully embellished with white diamonds, and mounting a complex tourbillon mechanism. The price of this horological marvel lies around $700,000.

FRANCK MULLER

Apart from the awesome gem-studded Franck Muller timepiece that we have presented at the start of this article, Ronaldo has a watch which has been dedicated to him by none other than the man Franck Muller himself, the exclusive Perpetual Calendar Bi-Retro Chrono CR7 Limited Edition, which the watchmaker has personally gifted to the football star, and features an exclusive retrograde timekeeping both for the date part and the chronographic part.

RICHARD MILLE

CR7 is not alien to wearing Richard Mille timepieces as well, even if it seems that they are not his faves. Here our hero is shown wearing an RM11 NTPT Carbon Rose Gold Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Flyback Chronograph — a $350,000 watch, in this case.

MECCANICHE VELOCI

But we even found something a bit more unexpected at the wrist of the football ace. In 2011, some photos depicted him wearing a watch from Meccaniche Veloci, an Italian company founded in 2006, and precisely, the Quattro Valvole Nite Lite — a model in pink gold and diamonds featuring four separate automatic ETA 2671 movements and a wristband made with Louisiana alligator hide worth around $35,000.

JACOB & CO.

And if four were not enough, we close this article with the last — but not least — example of horological excellence coupled with jewelry virtuosity: this Jacob & Co. timepiece, the Grand Baguette Diamond watch, which simultaneously shows the time of five different cities, and is adorned with 761 diamonds dotting the case and the dials. This timepiece comes from a strictly limited edition of only 6 pieces worldwide and is worth over $1,000,000.

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