By Kidist Amanuel
Franck Muller has introduced the seven exclusive Perpetual Calendar Bi-Retro Chronograph timepieces to honor the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. In his recent and rare interview with the 40th issue of “Espiral do Tempo,” Real Madrid striker and world famous footballer, Ronaldo says, “It’s an honor to have such a special edition dedicated to me, especially from a prestigious brand like Franck Muller. The symbolism of a perpetual calendar makes it even more important, because my career goal is to go as far as possible and perpetuate my feats. Plus, this particular timepiece represents what we both are, Franck Muller and I. Besides loving the brand, the man and I have a lot more in common. We both have faith in our own capabilities, in our own potential.” The seven sophisticated Franck Muller timepieces are the most exclusive series ever to be associated with a football player by the brand.
This tribute watch is a perfect combination of understated elegance and sporty look. The timepiece comes in a classic Franck Muller 18K rose gold oval case with polished finishes, over-sized pushers and a crown. The case back features Ronaldo’s engraved silhouette and signature. Inside the case is a self-winding mechanism. The sophisticated black (with some white) dial features perpetual calendar, chronograph subdials and two retrograde discs. The chronograph sub-dials at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions count the 30-minute and 12-hour time intervals respectively and the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position is a moon-phase, which is a perpetual calendar indicating the day, date and month, as well as the leap year. The Arabic numeral at the 7 o’clock position is diamond studded and embellished which is the number on Ronaldo’s jersey at Real Madrid. The features seen on the dial are large and bold, which makes them easily legible. This seven piece limited edition watch is currently priced for $144440 USD.
The collaboration between these two seems to have been a no-brainer as Ronaldo was the owner of several Franck Muller watches and Franck Muller has been a longtime fan of Portuguese football. The mutual respect and admiration shared for one another between the two is evident and Ronaldo even joked around saying, “It’s a top timepiece from a top brand…and top watches should be associated with top footballers.” It seemed very fitting that the first ever Franck Muller collection wristwatches that pays tribute to a footballer is this Perpetual Calendar Bi-Retro Chronograph Collection “CR7”.