In Praise Of Roger Federer's Champion Rolex Collection

09 December 2019
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The eight-time Wimbledon champ has a Rolex collection like no one else

It's been a good week for Roger Federer. King Roger, as his fans call him, now has something else in common with  reigning monarchs: his face is on a coin.

Federer is the first ever person to be celebrated on a coin in his native Switzerland, and no wonder: Fed has secured 20 Grand Slam titles, including eight at Wimbledon, and has just been selected to play in the 2020 Olympics.

Oh, and he's also landed himself a spot on our 2020 Best-Dressed Men list, alongside the likes of fellow sporting heroes David Beckham and LeBron James. Off-court Federer has gone from an XL-wearing red-carpet amateur to a sportsman with a finely tuned wardrobe – think Dior suits and plenty of rollneck knits. On court, he's typically decked out in his own super-chic RF x Nike collab.

In both instances, he sports a Rolex and has proven that he has what is easily one of the best personal collections. An ambassador for Rolex since 2011, Federer is a regular in the brand's ad campaigns, meaning he gets first dibs on new releases. Yep, we're crying out in envy too.

Roland-Garros 2009

Federer began his relationship with Rolex a decade ago. Taking to the court during The French Open the tennis champ opted for a Yacht-Master II in a heavy-duty white-gold design. Featuring a setting mechanism controlled by a ring command bezel as well as a regatta timer, it was originally designed for sailors (hence the name), but we'll let Federer off. Worn by the likes of David Beckham, Bruce Willis and Mark Wahlberg, the Yacht-Master has found love outside the yacht club and, thanks to its uber-luxe design, will sex up any suit, whether in the office or a black-tie event.

Wimbledon 2012

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Back in 2012 Roger Federer may have taken home the yellow-gold Wimbledon trophy, but he was favouring rose gold for his wristwear. For his win he wore a Day-Date II in an Everose gold edition, which came complete with a chocolate-brown dial, luminescent indices and the Day-Date signature president's bracelet. Sure, he won the title, but he also put himself among other Day-Date wearers JFK, Dwight D Eisenhower and, more recently, Elton John. For us, the Day-Date screams power, so wear this (and one of Hackett's new made-to-measure suits) if you want to get that promotion you're after.

Miami Open 2017

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For the Miami Open a couple of years back, Federer opted for a Rolex Sky-Dweller just three days after the watch first made its debut at Baselworld (if that doesn't scream super fan then we don't know what does). His Rolex Sky-Dweller came in steel and white gold and is one of the Swiss brand's most complicated watches, featuring a dual-time zone function and an annual calendar. Slightly bigger than other watches in the Rolex family and powered by a calibre 9001, the Sky-Dweller is a statement-maker, favoured by the likes of Jay-Z. Wear this to really grab someone's attention, be it at a party or business meeting.

Australia Open 2017

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Federer may be a hero himself, but for the Australia Open in 2017 he called upon the Batman. Well, sort of. The Rolex GMT-Master II got itself that moniker thanks to its black and navy colour palette. The unique thing about this watch is that it has the capacity to tell dual time – handy for someone like Federer who travels a fair bit. The watch that Clint Eastwood wore, Rolex took Chanel's idea of working with ceramic for timepieces and made it its own with the GMT-Master II. We're pairing ours, like the Batman, with a black form-fitting suit – just ours is from Paul Smith.

Wimbledon 2017

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For his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon win, Federer wore a rather appropriate watch that has been a champion among others since it was first released in 1946. The Datejust 41mm has stood the test of time, winning popularity with those who favour a classic timepiece. Featuring Rolex's in-house automatic 3235 movement, which gives the timepiece a 70-hour power reserve, the Federer-favoured watch is crafted in steel and yellow gold. A watch for winners, wear this to schmooze your in-laws.

Via British GQ