Mo Salah may or may not attest but there seem to be a handful of mandatory luxury items on the ‘making big money as a footballer’ shopping list that, I imagine, gets handed out to every young player once they sign their first proper contract: a little monogrammed leather wash bag; something distressed from Amiri; a giant pair of trainers; a car that is just so, so fast. Too fast, really; something distressed from Balenciaga, and, of course, a brain surgeon’s/middling TikTok star’s annual salary slapped on your wrist. While some footballers opt for the shiniest watch possible to start a nascent collection, someone like a certain Mo Salah has a surprisingly curatorial approach to his watches. Dazzling on the pitch and low key off it, the Liverpool star’s watches favour performance over flash, although there’s still plenty to look at. Below we breakdown Salah’s impressive watch collection, from award-winning APs to some of the most complicated complications in fine watchmaking. Ulysse Nardin Freak Lab 18k white goldDespite being forced to hobble off in the first half, Mo Salah was still able to celebrate his first FA Cup win with Liverpool. With his hand around that famous old trophy and a customary winner’s smile on his face, he opted for the Ulysse Nardin Freak Lab in 18k white gold (Reference- 2100-138, which is very important obviously) for that essential wrist shot. Limited to just 99 pieces and famed for its highly technical design and performance, a “laboratory on the wrist” as the brand calls it, the Freak Lab is a tourbillon with a, as tourbillons go, elegant design. An alligator strap, 45mm white gold case and signature 7-day flying carrousel, which revolves on its axis on the dial. A cult range since it debuted in 2001, the Freak was the first watch to incorporate silicium (silicon) technology, which must have sealed the deal for Mo.Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore customised in Liverpool coloursIt turns out that being the best footballer in the Premier League comes with a few perks. Turning up to collect his award for the Football Writers Player of the Year award, a very special AP Royal Oak Offshore can be spotted on Salah’s wrist. We can verify that it is a custom job created for Salah, Jurgen Klopp and co to celebrate their Premier League winner back in 2020 – which is quite special really, isn’t it?An even sportier version of AP’s iconic Royal Oak, the Offshore debuted in 1993, with an increased 42mm case and a meticulously-crafted MÉGA-TAPISSERIE” dial, which is basically a nice textured finish on the dial, a house signature.
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