Purnell promises to give soccer’s Ballon d’Or winners their own tourbillon watches


Purnell has become the official watchmaking partner of the Ballon d’Or, an awards ceremony that attracts global attention as it crowns world soccer’s greatest stars.

Both the men’s and the women’s winners of the 2021 Ballon d’Or prize, often referred to as the Oscars of world soccer, will receive a unique Purnell watch specifically designed and developed for the event.

A promotional video made to promote the partnership shows one of Purnell’s famous tourbillon timepieces with the rotating tourbillon on the dial turned into a golden ball.


Purnell is a rising star of independent watchmaking.

The company was founded in 2006 by Jonathan Purnell, who tells a story of being inspired by his grandfather, Cecil, a British soldier who was injured fighting in the brutal trench warfare of World War I in Northern France. After the way, he is said to have turned his hand to watchmaking.

Purnell is now headquartered in Geneva and makes its watches in the Vallée de Joux.

It is famous for producing only tourbillon movements, most dramatically expressed in its Spherion collection, which was introduced in 2019 as the world’s fastest tri-axial tourbillon.

Production is extremely limited, but Purnell is well-represented in the United States by Westime and Stephen Fine Silver in California and by the newly opened Goldsmith & Complications as well as Westime in Florida.

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