The best watches at the Olympics
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Fans like to claim that their favorite collectibles are better investments – or just more fun – than things like art and cars simply because of the portability. The art is stuck to the walls of the house; cars cannot go to the restaurant or office with you. A watch, however, is always there on your wrist: at that business meeting, at last night’s party and, apparently, while you’re competing in the Olympics. I would love to see someone wear a Picasso in a 100 meter sprint! Here are the best watches of the 2021 Olympics
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra by Noah Lyles “Ultralight”
The men’s 200-meter bronze medalist is an Omega man. This is a full-fledged mechanical watch that weighs only 55 grams, which is a little more than the weight of two AA batteries. Every weight counts when 200-meter races are decided in tenths of a second.
Sydney McLaughlin’s Tag Heuer Link
McLaughlin is now the fastest woman to run 400 meters while sliding over a series of hurdles, finishing her race in 51.46 seconds. She did it with a Tag Heuer Link on her wrist, because if you can set a world record with a diamond-set watch, you absolutely have to.
Richard Mille from Mutaz Essa Barshim
Richard Mille prides himself on the fact that his foam-light watches won’t bother even the most special athletes. Rafael Nadal isn’t afraid to wear his Richard Mille during games, Odell Beckham, Jr. has taken his to the football field and Julian Alaphilippe, one of the best cyclists in the world, wears one on his bike. High jumper Barshim, who is presumably hyper aware of what weighs him down, always takes his Richard Mille with him on takeoff. (Not to mention the sunglasses he repulsed after the jump that made him a part-owner of this year’s gold medal.)
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra by Rory McIlroy “Ultralight”
McIlroy narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the Olympic golf event, but at least he has that Omega as a consolation prize. Even if you’ve only watched a few minutes of this year’s Olympics, you’ve undoubtedly noticed all the Omega signage, clocks and stopwatches timing the events. The brand is the official timekeeper of the games, but it also has strong arguments as a timekeeper of its participants – it won’t be the last time Omega will appear on this list.
Sally Fitzgibbons Breitling Aerospace EVO
Astonishing image of the Australian Fitzgibbons and her watch, a Breitling Aerospace. As the name suggests, it is not the most obvious choice for a surfing buddy. Breitling even makes a watch called Superocean designed to be submerged in water. Instead, Fitzgibbons wears a watch designed for the sky.
Rayssa Leal’s Apple Watch
Without a doubt, the most stylish event at the Olympics was skateboarding. Super sneakers! Super big pants! And … watches? Leal, 13, won silver in Olympic skateboarding wearing an Apple Watch. If he needs help counting steps, she has skipped 10 steps.
Richard Mille RM007 by Nafissatou Thiam
Belgian Thiam has just won two back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the heptathlon, and her RM007 has covered most of the course. Thiam was the first female athlete to work with Richard Mille and it’s hard to think of a better display of the watch’s versatility. The heptathlon consists of seven events – competitors sprint, jump and throw javelins – and although Thiam doesn’t wear the watch for every one of his competitions, the watch is able to withstand almost anything.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Ultra-light” by Armand “Mondo” Duplantis
There is also the ultra-light Omega Seamaster. He has appeared on golfers, sprinters and now a guy who uses a pole to throw himself over a bar high at almost 20 feet. Duplantis, the gold medal winner in the men’s pole vault, is another athlete who is unaffected by this watch. It shows how feathery this watch is that the Olympians who will use all the competitive advantages on earth are willing to equip themselves more.
Devin Booker’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi”
I’m cheating a bit because Booker hasn’t worn this watch in competition, but the “Pepsi” GMT is too good to rule out. We’re used to seeing great watches pop up before NBA games, but it turns out that tunnel walking is just as important at the Olympics.
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