Watch fanatics who want to argue that their favorite collections are better investments - or just more fun - than things like art and cars just because of portability. Art is stuck to the walls in the house; cars can not enter the restaurant or office with you. A timepiece, however, is always there on hand: at that business meeting, last night’s party, and, apparently, while competing in the Olympics. I would love to see someone carrying a Picasso during a 100-meter run! Below are the best timepieces from the 2021 Olympics
Noah Lyles’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Ultra-Light”
The bronze medalist in the men's 200 meters is an Omega man. This is a full-blown mechanical timepiece that weighs around 55 grams — just a little more than the two AA batteries' weight. Every particle of weight matters when 200-meter races are set to tenths of a second.
Tag Heuer of Sydney McLaughlin League
McLaughlin is now the fastest woman to run 400 meters by sliding over a series of obstacles, finishing her race in a clean time of 51.46 seconds. She did it with a Tag Heuer Link in her hand because if you can set a world record wearing a diamond watch, you absolutely have to do it.
Mutaz Essa Barshim’s Richard Mille
Richard Mille prides himself on the fact that his lightweight timepiece like mousse will not bother even the most special athletes. Fussy Rafael Nadal has no problem wearing his Richard Mille during matches, Odell Beckham, Jr. brought him to the football field, and Julian Alaphilippe, one of the best cyclists in the world, wore one on his bike. Senior jumper Barshim, who is apparently very aware of what is weighing him down, still takes his Richard Mille with him during the ascent.
Rory McIlroy’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Ultra-Light”
McIlroy barely lost a bronze medal at the Olympic golf event, but at least he has this Omega as a consolation prize. Even if you only watched a few minutes from this year's Olympics, you have no doubt noticed all the Omega signage, clocks, and stopwatches that set the events. The brand is the official gaming time calculator, but it has a strong case to do as the time holder of its participants - this will not be the last time Omega appears on this list.
Sally Fitzgibbons’s Breitling Aerospace EVO
Stunning image of Australia’s Fitzgibbons and its watch, a Breitling Aerospace. As the name suggests, this is not the most obvious choice for a surfing companion. Breitling even makes a watch called the Superhero created to dive into the water. Instead, Fitzgibbons keeps a watch created for the sky.
Rayssa Leal’s Apple Watch
The most stylish event at the Olympics was definitely skateboarding. Excellent sneakers! Gorgeous big pants! And ... watches? 13-year-old Leal won the silver medal on the Olympic skateboard while holding an Apple Watch. If she needs any help counting the steps, this is a 10 point ladder she jumped on.
Nafissatou Thiam’s Richard Mille RM007
Belgium’s Thiam just finished with Olympic gold medals in the heptathlon, and her RM007 was along for most of the trip. Thiam was the first female athlete to work with Richard Mille and it is hard to think of a better watch dexterity show. The shuttle is seven events deep - competitors run, jump and throw spears - and while Thiam does not hold the watch for each of her races, the watch is able to stick it out through anything.
Armand "Mondo" Duplantis wearing Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra "Ultra-Light"
Again with Omega Seamaster ultra-lightweight. It has appeared to golfers, runners, and now a guy who uses a pole to throw himself on a bar that rises nearly 20 feet. Duplantis, the winner of the gold medal in the men’s pole vault, is another athlete unaffected by this watch. It speaks to how soft this watch is that Olympians who will use every competitive benefit are willing to take on more gear.
Devin Booker's Rolex GMT-Master II "Pepsi"
I'm cheating a bit because Booker did not wear this watch while competing, but GMT "Pepsi" is too nice to rule it out. We’re used to stunning timepieces appearing before NBA games, but it turns out that walking in the tunnel is just as important at the Olympics.