With the European Championships having just kicked off - 12 months on from when it was supposed to take place, we thought it would be cool to take a trip down memory lane (a scary thought for England fans we know). But fear not - for those of you who regularly watch the premiership, will know the coaches tend to rock some serious wrist game! The tournament consists of 24 teams, split across six groups. The top 16 teams will progress to the knockout stages, with the top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams to go through. The competition then enters a traditional knockout format. Here are 5 iconic England bosses and their watches – enjoy.
First up, current top dog, Gareth Southgate. He has been manager since 2016 and overseen 50+ matches. While this first entry is a little unfair (Hublot sponsor football in the UK at almost every touch point), we felt we had to include Gareth as it was an obvious choice, given its digital make up. He more often than not is seen in a Big Bang e Titanium. The bold Big Bang will be recognisable to many, but I think the joy here is in the materials used, with a case cut from materials such as black ceramic or titanium in a "sandwich" construction, an innovative style invented by Hublot in 2005. It comprises of 42 components, 27 of which are for the K Module alone, the "cage" which houses the digital heart of the watch. The design of the screws and pushers, the scratchproof sapphire crystal, and its rubber strap – with deployant buckle invented by Hublot in 1980 for the Classic model.
Next up, Sam Allardyce, the man in charge in 2016 for just 1 Match. While big Sam wasn’t around for long, he certainly made a splash. And none more so than when it came to watch selection. Another Hublot, this time big, gold and mechanical – the Big Bang Unico King Gold. A 45mm behemoth powered by the first 100% Hublot in-house movement. Not only that, but “King Gold”, was a new gold developed by Hublot in a warmer shade of 5N 18K gold containing mainly platinum, which works well with ceramic, rubber and carbon.
Fabio Capello ran affairs from 2008-2011 and oversaw 42 matches for England. A stylish gent, over the years he was seen wearing a Montblanc Timewalker, but more often than not, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Military Dial. A rare bird, which is recognisable from a distance for its bold white Arabic numerals festooned around its dial. Only the 3 o’clock marker is absent because of the required date window. At 36mm, it is supremely versatile. As a result, the reference 14790ST is becoming increasing hard to find.
Next up, the suave Sweed, Sven-Göran Eriksson who was at the helm from 2001-2006 for 67 matches. Spotted almost exclusively wearing a white dial Rolex Daytona. While we can’t be sure – we would like to think it’s also the Zenith movement Daytona which run until 2000. Rolex of course didn't actually offer an in-house automatic chronograph movement in the Daytona line, and since leaving the manual winding Valjoux based movements on which they were founded in 1988, instead relying on Zenith to provide the internals for their flagship chronograph.
And finally, Glenn Hoddle who was in the job from 1996 – 1999 and 28 matches. While you would be forgiven for thinking it maybe another steel sports watch from the 70’s, Glen is in actual fact rocking a Ebel Classic Wave. An unusual choice and one we applaud him for. A little history in case you weren’t aware: Ebel was founded in 1911 by husband-and-wife team, Eugene Blum and Alice Levy in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The brand’s name in fact comes from joining the initials of its founders: Eugene Blum et (and) Levy. During World War II from 1939 to 1945, Ebel supplied watches to the British Royal Air Force to aid pilots in their air missions throughout Europe. In 1964, Ebel was awarded the Swiss Premier Prix award for their Luna Etoille jewellery watch featuring a sparking diamond and blue sapphire bezel.
And all that is left to say, is COM’N England.