For a man who has enjoyed a fair period of time as the world’s highest-paid athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo has more than his fair share of excellent timepieces. From his Rolex GMT Master Ice to his Franck Muller Tourbillon, there’s a lot to love about the Cristiano Ronaldo watch collection, especially if you’re a fan of baguette-cut diamonds.
The recently returned Manchester United star is not only the most followed person in the world on Instagram (with 470 million followers), but thanks to his illustrious two decades on the football pitch, has also amassed an estimated net worth of around $500 million dollars. As you’d expect with that kind of money, he’s able to enjoy a veritable fleet of supercars, an impressive portfolio of homes around the world and of course some of the most expensive watches ever made.
While he’s definitely not a vintage watch guy, Cristiano Ronaldo’s taste seems to gravitate toward diamonds and lots of them. Within his collection of horological novelties, some of the most impressive watches Ronaldo owns are literally dripping with diamonds, including the likes of the Jacob & Co Grand Baguette Diamond, the Girard Perregaux Planetarium Tri-Axial and many others.
However, while the Jacob & Co Grand Baguette Diamond is a head-turning watch, we’ll focus on only the very best of his collection, as well as one unusual timepiece he was spotted wearing recently. Without further ado, let’s get into the diamond collection of the Champions League hero.
The Cristiano Ronaldo Watch Collection
Rolex GMT Master Ice
Originally released around 2014, the Rolex GMT Master-II Ice (ref. 116769TBR) remains one of the rarest watches ever produced by the Big Crown, executed in 40mm of 18-karat white gold and absolutely covered in diamonds. Set entirely in-house by Rolex, this array of dazzling diamonds still does the practical job it was designed for, with 100m of water resistance so Ronaldo can still dive off the side of his superyacht.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Full Diamonds
As you’d expect from a jewellery firm of the level of Bulgari, the brand certainly knows how to pick quality stones for its watches, as well as setting them with unparalleled expertise. Highlighting the tourbillon mechanism at 6 o’clock, the 178 baguette-cut diamonds are invisibly (meaning there is no visible mounting for the diamonds) set into the 18-karat white gold case. Arriving on a leather strap, this might not be his latest purchase, but it’s certainly on the same level as his very best, limited to just eight pieces.
Franck Muller Diamond Tourbillon
Ronaldo owns a number of watches from Franck Muller, including the Franck Muller Diamond Tourbillon invisibly set with rubies. Featuring a gargantuan white gold case, the watch is set with 474 stones in total, including nearly 100 baguette cut rubies in the dial and bracelet. If ever there was a special occasion watch in Ronaldo’s collection, this would be it.
Hublot Masterpiece MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis
While Ronaldo has a number of rare and limited edition watches, he is also believed to own a piece unique Hublot Masterpiece MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-axis. This means it’s the only one of its kind, with a rose gold case that measures 49mm in diameter and a case and dial covered in pave diamonds. Water resistant to 30m, the timepiece is powered by the HUB9009.H1.RA Manufacture Manual-winding Tourbillon Bi-axis Skeleton Movement, which offers a full five-day power reserve.
Breguet Classique ‘Grande Complication’ Double Tourbillon
This is another timepiece that should leave your jaw on the floor. Featuring a 50mm platinum case, it weighs an incredible 308 grams and is adorned with 417 diamonds around the bezel, case, crown and dial. Powered by the manually wound calibre 588, it really is one of the most impressive timepieces to ever leave the Breguet factory.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T with baguette diamond bezel
You might not expect Cristiano Ronaldo to own a TAG Heuer, but the one that he does own is a very special watch indeed. Originally launched in 2017, the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T with baguette diamond bezel features a tourbillon and chronograph mechanism, all housed within a 45mm titanium case. It looks to be paired on a rubber orange camo Horus strap, and is a fantastic summer watch thanks to the lightweight case and legible dial.