April 27th in the Netherlands is Koningsdag or King’s Day. It is a national holiday and celebrates the birth of King Willem-Alexander who was born on 27 April 1967 to Princess Beatrix and diplomat Claus van Amsberg. He became Prince of Orange when his mother became Queen of the Netherlands on 30 April 1980. Willem-Alexander became King in 2013 after Queen Beatrix abdicated. The King is married to Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, who is now Queen consort and they have three daughters. And because MONOCHROME has Dutch roots (doesn’t it, Frank Geelen?), we thought it would be a good time to look at the wristwatches of the King, as he owns a few interesting pieces.
The first watch spotted on King Willem-Alexander’s wrist is a stainless-steel Rolex Datejust on a jubilee bracelet, with a blue dial. A classic timepiece that works well with formal and casual attire. Willem-Alexander wore this watch when he got married in February 2002.
The next watch is from Jaeger-LeCoultre. It is a Master Control Calendar Moonphase in yellow gold. This timepiece features a triple calendar with an additional moon phase complication. Willem-Alexander wore the watch to the christening of his first daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia.
Willem-Alexander was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1998-2013, and his next timepiece is linked to the Olympics. He has an Omega De Ville Co-Axial 41 Chronograph Olympic Collection reference 4841.20.32, which has a retro Omega logo in red and a 12-hour chronograph. This watch was inspired by the 1960 Rome Olympics.
The King also has a classic Omega Speedmaster Professional in stainless steel on a leather strap. The Speedmaster was the first watch on the Moon and needs no introduction.
Queen Máxima has a couple of notable watches herself. The first is the evergreen and classic Cartier Tank in yellow gold and the second watch is a stainless steel Rolex Datejust on Oyster Bracelet.
Gelukkig Koningsdag! (Happy King’s Day)