Whilst Cinderella was late to leave the ball, leaving her glass slipper behind and Belle only just managing to fall in love in Beast in the nick of time, timekeeping has never been displayed as an issue with the fantasy Princes. This is, of course, a completely distorted perception of reality, as most of us know it is us men who are usually the culprits at bad time management.
Royals around the world have always been the most sought-after clients in the watch industry. Sure, they exude a certain status that could be considered the peak of any aspirational class but they can also afford the hefty price tags. When asked in an interview whether royals pay for their timepieces, John Simonian, chief executive of Richard Mille USA, replied, “Of course they do. The only people who expect stuff for free are celebrities.”
We take a look at Princes around the world and which blue-blooded timepieces they look to when attending to their royal duties.
Prince Charles of Wales
Very much known as a watch enthusiast, Prince Charles is regularly pictured wearing all manner of timepieces. From a bi-metal Cartier Santos to his yellow-gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. It has been increasingly harder to deduce what he keeps tucked in under his sleeves as he attends far less formal events then he used to. Lately, he has been consistently sporting a Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronograph, which he had on during the most recent royal wedding. The chronograph is housed in 18-karat yellow gold and is 39 mm in diameter.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
William has only ever stuck to one watch his entire adult life, although his father owns a vast collection of timepieces. His Omega Seamaster Quartz 300M is one of his most prized possessions as it was a gift from his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales. The timepiece is a versatile classic and can be worn on all occasions, which William has sentimentally chosen to do. The watch has a sapphire crystal date dial, a chronometer, a screw-in crown, a unidirectional rotating bezel, a helium-escape valve and worn with a stainless steel strap.
Prince Harry of Wales
Since joining the military, Harry’s watches have recently reflected his robust and hardy career. His favoured timepieces have been the Rolex Explorer II and the Breitling Aerospace. Both watches are made with action and adventure in mind. The Breitling Aerospace is a pilot’s watch and it features a digital calendar with the day and date programmed for four years as well as a chronograph. It’s water resistant and is an impressive, high-quality quartz watch. However, the 42mm stainless steel Rolex Explorer II is seen more regularly on Harry’s wrist. His particular version is nicknamed the “Polar” due to its icy white dial and is built to withstand extremely low temperatures.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
The heir to the throne of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik has been consistently wearing his Rolex Submariner Kermit, a unique anniversary Submariner which debuted in 2003. Nicknamed Kermit, due to its green aluminium bezel insert, the stainless steel sports watch is perfect for his active lifestyle. As an avid sportsman, Prince Frederik enjoys sailing, running marathons and completing Ironman challenges.
Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei
Hailing from one of the richest families in the world, it is no surprise that Prince Mateen, son of the Sultan of Brunei, has expensive tastes. He has been pictured in a vast array of luxury timepieces including a Richard Mille, a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar and a Rolex Submariner amongst many others. He loves to share his timepieces on social media and in the picture below, what obviously catches your eye is the gorgeous 2016 stainless steel Rolex Daytona (not the tiger cub). He chose a fashionable white face with a ceramic bezel and although many others around the world had to wait years to get a hold of one, Mateen snatched this hot property up almost immediately after its launch.