The watches Formula 1 drivers wear when not in service

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One of the perks of being a Formula 1 driver – you know, aside from being able to drive the fastest cars on the planet, international fame, and huge paychecks – is that you get a lot of cool freebies around the world. part of your work.

This is in large part thanks to the sponsors, with the F1 teams and drivers all benefiting from multiple and complex marketing arrangements. Few brands are more present in F1 than watch brands, and most sports teams have watch brands as major sponsors: Alpine with Bell & Ross, AlphaTauri with Casio, Aston Martin with Girard-Perregaux… You will always see pilots of F1 drag on new watches before and after races. Some drivers even have their own signature edition watches.

But when they are not on the tools, so to speak, they often carry tools. different timepiece. Check out some of the favorite ‘out of service’ watches from the 2021 F1 grid below.

A watch particularly appreciated by the many pilots on the grid: the Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is perhaps the most blatant fan of luxury sports watches, the Monegasque maestro favoring the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph in rose gold (ref. 5990 / 1R). This despite the fact that Ferrari has a sponsorship deal with the already very exclusive Richard Mille watch brand – with the average ‘Millie’ arguably a more prestigious watch than a Nautilus.

Curiously, Daniel Ricciardo – whose current McLaren team also has an agreement with Richard Mille – also owns a Nautilus chronograph in rose gold, in his case the Ref. 5980 / 1R. Ricciardo had owned this watch for a few years, after being seen rocking it in 2017 (when he was with Red Bull), he was cheating on TAG Heuer by wearing a Patek at the time …

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Of course, most (but not all) modern F1 drivers don’t usually wear their watches when competing. In a sport where every gram counts, the added weight of a wristwatch is theoretically counterproductive, as well as a potential health hazard in the event of an accident – you wouldn’t want a heavy gold Hublot to weigh in. on your wrist.

The same is true for many other sports – Roger Federer might have a big Rolex sponsorship, for example, but you will notice that an attendant will quickly rush to put the watch on his wrist after he finishes playing, so the watch will be. there for photos but will not impact his performance during a match. Sneaky stuff.

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