Celeb focus: Roger Federer
The Swiss maestro, who cut his 2020 tennis season early due to a second knee injury, has a fair haul of luxury watches… as you might expect from someone who nets over $100 million a year.
The dad of two sets of twins is currently taking a well-timed break so that he can get back to his best when Grand Slams return. And his absence has been noted about as much as Brits have missed cheering from Murray mound at Wimbledon this summer.
No player has benefited from the luxury watch industry quite as much as Federer, who first signed a deal with Rolex in 2006 and is now a world ambassador for the brand.
With 20 Grand Slams under his belt, can his watch collection be as impressive as his on-court form?
Rolex Datejust II Silver Blue Arabic Ref. 116334
When Federer finally beat Pete Sampras’ long-reigning record of Grand Slam wins, he wore this watch. He wore it in 2009 when he defeated Andy Roddick to lift the men’s gold trophy complete with pineapple on the top, at Wimbledon.
The classy stainless steel model with silver dial is understated. Scratch-resistant Sapphire and high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers make it the perfect choice for the champion.
Rolex Vintage Daytona 6263
Federer has spoken about his love for this watch, as it was created in his birth year (1981) and
was given to him by his wife Mirka, on his 30th birthday.
With a classic, clean dial with black and white contrast and simple straight hands, it features an external tachymeter and screw down pushers which were introduced in the sixties..
Inside is the Caliber 727 – a modified off-the-shelf Valjoux 727 movement.
Rolex Day-Date II Everose gold
The 41mm watch with chocolate brown dial and luminescent indices is Roger’s preferred choice for evening wear and dinners.
He wore the everose gold version with the Day-Date signature president’s bracelet to celebrate winning the Wimbledon 2012 final, putting himself up there with other famous wearers including JFK and Elton John!
Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR
Nicknamed “Batman” thanks to its black and blue Cerachrom (Rolex’s own version of ceramic) bezel, this watch is one of the brand’s most popular to date.
Federer wore this for his win at the Australian Open in 2017 after a five-set battle with Rafael Nadal. A long-time Rolex ambassador, he sported the Rolex which allows the display of a second time-zone on the dial thanks to a separate hand.
Rolex Sky Dweller ref. 326934
With a dual-time display and the innovative Saros annual calendar, this is one of the brand’s most complicated timepieces. All of the functions can be activated by the crown and the bezel, as with the Rolex Yacht-Master II (which Federer also owns).
The Sky-Dweller is perfect for the 38-year-old as it blends unique design with technological sophistication and ease of use.The time displays obviously make it an excellent choice for him, as a frequent world traveller.
The steel and white gold version that Federer has, was released at Baselworld in 2017 and looks stunning against the silverware with its deep blue dial. It’s also equipped with an innovative patented interface: the rotatable Ring Command bezel.
If you’ve resisted all spending during lockdown, it may be time to treat yourself to a new or pre-worn Rolex. Luxe Watches is open for appointments so do give us a call today.