This avant-garde styled automatic chronograph by Swiss luxury watch brand MONTEGA Geneve was created in partnership with Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo, who was the brand ambassador of MONTEGA watches from 1999 to 2001. To honour this connection the chronograph features a 45-minute counter, an allusion to the world of football.
R stands for Ronaldo and 9 was his jersey number. This Swiss Made chronograph watch houses the automatic Dubois Dépraz movement with Rotor decorated with Côtes de Genève and enamelled engraving of Montega’s coat-of-arms. The watch is available in Steel, Yellow gold, white gold and platinum case versions. A major design highlight of the watch is the screwed tube-links bracelet covered with natural rubber.
MONTEGA Geneva also made a ladies counterpart of this watch. The feminine version of the R9 is however powered by a Swiss quartz movement.
Automatic Dubois Dépraz, for Montega
Rotor decorated with Côtes de Genève and enamelled engraving of Montega’s coat-of-arms
Hours, 45-minute graduated counter with hour totaliser, small seconds, date
Chronograph, COSC certified chronometer, tachometer
Steel/rubber or yellow gold/rubber
Push-pieces, crowns and decorations in natural rubber
13 screwed elements, anti-glare crystal and transparent screwed back
Water-resistant to 50 m
Hour counter at 6 o’clock, seconds counter at 3 o’clock, 45-minuted graduated counter at 9 o’clock, date window
Screwed tube-links covered with natural rubber
White gold or platinum case
Translucid blue, white, midnight blue, pearl grey or cream dial with drop decoration in the centre
The ladies’ Amore quartz chronograph features the same exclusive architecture as the men’s R9. All the steel and rubber elements of the case and bracelet are screwed, while the centre drop decoration preserves the dial’s strong personality. This model is available in white gold, yellow gold, steel as well as jewellery version.
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Steel, yellow or white gold
13 screwed elements, anti-glare crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m
Cream, drop decoration in centre
Minute counter at 10 o’clock, hour at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 2 o’clock, date window
Black, white, midnight blue, translucent blue, pearl grey or mother-of-pearl, with drop decoration in centre
[Note: MONTEGA Geneve’s partnership with Ronaldo for the R9 watch collection was not successful and led to a legal battle between both parties. The court announced verdict in favour of Ronaldo. The MONTEGA Geneve Watch Company declared bankrupt soon after this court case.]