Chelsea legend Frank Lampard achieved his dream this summer becoming the manager of Chelsea F.C, the club where he enjoyed so much success as a player. As far as watches go, Lampard is a big fan of Patek Philippe and has quite a large collection. During pre-season, before the start of 2019/20 English Premier League campaign, Lampard has worn four different models from the brand…
Admittedly, he started off the first pre-season match wearing a Richard Mille RM011 America White DLC Black chronograph, a 30-piece limited edition. This has a flyback chronograph in addition to an annual calendar and, due to the DLC titanium case and contrasting white tachymeter bezel, has a monochromatic appearance.
The first Patek Philippe he wore was the reference 5968 Aquanaut Chronograph. Lampard debuted the watch on its black rubber strap while he was still the manager of Derby County before becoming Chelsea’s manager. For pre-season he was wearing the watch on its bright orange rubber strap, which makes it stand out on the wrist. The reference 5968 is the first Aquanaut to feature a chronograph.
The second watch was more classic and Lampard wore the ref. 5070 chronograph in platinum with a blue dial and Arabic numerals. This watch features the much-praised Lemania-based CH 27-70 manually-wound movement with Geneva Seal (before Patek switched to its own Patek seal). Since Chelsea is nicknamed “The Blues”, the dial colour is fitting.
The third Patek Lampard wore was the ref. 5976 40th anniversary Nautilus Chronograph in white gold. The watch was released at Baselworld 2016 and provoked a lot of criticism due to the embossed writing on the dial visible in the press photos. In real life, the writing is hardly noticeable and the diamond hour markers can be mistaken for stainless steel. With the added heft of the 44mm white gold case and bracelet, it is a standout piece.
The last watch from the Geneva Maison that Lampard wore for Chelsea’s final pre-season match was the newly released Nautilus Reference 5726 Annual Calendar in stainless steel with a blue dial. In addition to the calendar, the watch also features a moon phase, which is in the middle of the 24-hour indicator at the 6 o’clock position. The dial has a similar shade of blue to its time-only brother, the insanely popular Reference 5711 in stainless steel.
I’m very tempted to give Lampard the award for most WIS Premier League Manager of 2019 before the season has even begun, as I am sure he will be one with the best wrist game.
Credits opening image: Chelsea FC website