Lionel Messi has a new team and a new watch
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On Tuesday afternoon, Lionel Messi left Barcelona, the club he has lived in for more than two decades. He boarded a plane bound for Paris and disembarked through the porthole of Le Bourget airport to greet his fans. It was … new. Messi has only been faithful throughout his career: 21 years with the academy and the Barcelona team are proof of that. He’s been pretty much the same with his watches – you’d call his wrist an exemplary team player. For years, after receiving an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as a gift after winning his first title with Barcelona in 2005, he frequently wore the brand. He became ambassador in 2010, then collaborated on a watch with the house in 2012. For the past few years, he has worn an imposing Jacob & Co. with a blue and white dial, to reflect the colors of the flag representing Messi. Argentina native. This watch is the result of another collaboration and partnership solidified by Messi in 2019. But Messi is clearly ready to try new things, and his team’s loyalty isn’t the only thing that has changed. As he stepped out of an airport window to greet fans of his new team, Paris Saint-Germain, he wore a new watch: a Rolex Yacht Master.
Rolex Yacht-Master by Lionel Messi
The Yacht-Master is certainly not the most obvious choice for Messi. Among Rolex watches, this is not the universally coveted Daytona, nor the immaculate and elegant Day-Date. I guess this is a good choice for an athlete, however, equipped with a rubber strap and durable ceramic bezel. But the watches are so immune to the slightest changes in the headwind that this could be the moment of immortalization for the Yacht-Master. It’s not hard to imagine this as the start of a new legacy for this watch. Collectors should familiarize themselves with this photo of Messi greeting his new fans in the shop window. It’s one that an auction house will inevitably promote decades from now, should Messi ever decide to part with this watch (for charity, of course!). The Yacht-Master will forever remain the timepiece that one of the world’s greatest football players wore while marking a momentous occasion in his career – and in the world of watchmaking, this is the highlight. .
Russell Westbrook’s Rolex Datejust
Messi and Westbrook agree: if you’re going to change teams, you have to mark the occasion with a Rolex. While Messi has stepped lightly out of the box with his Yacht-Master, Westbrook, perhaps for the first time, is squarely inside the box. He wears the very classic Datejust made of steel and gold, a combination the Crown calls “Rolesor”.
Sylvester Stallone’s Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980
Stallone is a kingmaker in the world of watches, thanks to his idiosyncratic taste. He helped create Panerai and ushered in the era of large watches in the 90s. So when he wears a Patek Philippe Nautilus, he isn’t wearing the one everyone wants. The watch was originally designed to be a simple stainless steel sports watch. The 5980 on Stallone’s wrist betrays these ideals. For starters, this model, first introduced in 2006, was the first with a chronograph. Also, the watch’s claim as a casual sports watch goes out the window when covered in rose gold.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona by Taika Waititi
The films Waititi makes are deliciously goofy, but it’s clear the man is extremely serious about his watches. The Daytona in its simplest form is an absolute darling among watch collectors, and Waititi is cranking up the volume here. The case is in solid 18k gold and the indexes and counters are in matching champagne. Red accents help the watch retain a pinch of its racing roots.
Abraham Ancer’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
We’ve certainly seen some nice watches paired with the green jacket, but nothing really compares to this timepiece. The openwork ceramic Royal Oak is an award even for those who take the collection of watches as seriously as blood sport, a favorite among people like Kevin Hart, Draymond Green and LeBron James. Ancer carelessly uses his on the links.
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