If you ever find yourself in Southwest London around this time of year you will inevitably start to spot the Wimbledon tennis branded Jaguars and Range Rovers. Totally blacked out and chauffeur driven, they are the early signs of the greatest season in tennis!
Going into this year’s tournament, Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek will be the gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles top seeds when the Championships get under way. Djokovic, the defending champion, will aim to win a seventh gentlemen’s singles title and 21st grand slam in all.
Polish world No.1, Swiatek enters the tournament on the back of a 35-match winning streak after claiming her second Roland-Garros trophy in early June. She has won her last six events and has not lost a match since mid-February. Swiatek has never been past the fourth round at the All England Club but the 21-year-old won the girls’ singles title in 2018.
Last year's ladies’ singles champion, Ashleigh Barty, announced her sudden retirement in March and therefore won’t be back to defend her title.
The 2008 and 2010 champion Rafael Nadal is back as the No.2 seed after winning the opening two Grand Slams of the year in Melbourne and Paris, taking his tally to 22. So it is all up for grabs! And this year we are set for huge crowds in and out of the courts, with watch spotting galore!
But let’s take a moment to consider the two favourites, Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek and their watch journeys. Novak has been around for what feels like decades! He was originally contracted to Citizen, then Audemars Piguet and now Hublot. In these snaps from his social media, you will see he is partial to a bold blue ceramic Big Bang.
Iga on the other hand is much fresher on the scene and in other sports like golf, Rolex are quick to jump on future stars. And in many ways, that in of itself says a lot about how damn good she is and what her potential really is. Rolex don’t mess around. Iga would have had the choice of the catalogue (no waitlist’s that’s for sure!), and she has gone for what looks like a mid-size Datejust on jubilee bracelet. The Datejust is available in three sizes: 31, 36 and 41 mm. Each version comes with a large selection of dials in different colours, finishes and materials.
They include diamond-set or mother-of-pearl dials as well as Jubilee, palm and fluted laser etched motifs, which are applied to a traditional sunray finish for a particularly sophisticated effect, exclusive to the Datejust. It also has a variety of bezels: smooth, domed, fluted or set with diamonds. The emblematic fluted bezel is always crafted from 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold. The bezel can also be partially or fully set with diamonds. Depending on the version, the Datejust is fitted with a Jubilee, Oyster or President bracelet. Supple and comfortable, the five-piece link Jubilee bracelet was specially designed for the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 1945. We are pleased to have a number of Wimbledon dial Datejust’s in 41 with touches of Wimbledon green.
Undoubtedly great looking – but also now fine investments!
So wherever you're enjoying Wimbledon this year, whether at home with strawberries and cream or Centre Court with a Pimm's, keep your eye on more than the game itself if you're a watch lover like us!