Richard Mille has designed a special edition Automatic Flyback Chronograph for Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini that tracks the 45 minute halves of a football match, and even the injury time that is jokingly referred to as ‘Fergie time’ in footballing circles.
Alex ‘Fergie’ Ferguson is legendary for complaining when the duration of injury time favours the opposition to his Manchester United side.
The limited edition Richard Mille watch will be known as the RM 11-01.
The Italian football supremo, who guided Manchester City to victory in the English Premier League last season, joins a roster of sports starts including Usain Bolt and Rafa Nadal that wear Richard Mille luxury watches.
“Roberto Mancini’s personality won Richard Mille over immediately: an unrivalled tactician, he shines with his inventiveness and elegance on the pitch. A true gentleman of football, he is the very image of the brand: refined, technically brilliant and creative,” a Richard Mille company statement described.
Richard Mille is already the Official Timekeeper for Manchester City football club.
The RM 11-01 features the RMAC1 calibre. It includes an annual calendar, a flyback chronograph with central minutes counter and a dial divided into periods of play.
The dial displays match time on the basis of two 45-minute halves and up to 15 minutes of stoppage time. Pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock once actuates the flyback function and repositions the hand at 12 o’clock, ready to start the second half.
If extra time is awarded, the flyback function can be reactuated so that the watch shows the 15 minutes of extra match time and up to 5 minutes of stoppage time.