As a Liverpool fan this will come across as disloyal to fellow YNWAers but I’ll say it anyway: sad Pep Guardiola doesn’t half pull on my heartstrings. It’s those big Pep puppy eyes and the full-body slump in the dugout – no one does it better.
Recently we’ve seen quite a bit of Sad Pep as his treble winners have laboured to three losses in the last four matches in all competitions. While most put the losing spree down to the untimely combination of Kevin de Bruyne’s long term injury and Rodri being suspended, there’s a (very) left-field common denominator I’m proposing: Pep’s new cheap replica watches.
Irrespective of your team colours, few can dispute Pep Guardiola’s greatness as both a manager and a watch collector. When it comes to his watch game perhaps only Frank Lampard runs him close in the managers who have flair watch collections stakes, though for all Frank’s UK AAA fake Patek Philippe watches’ he’s not actually a manager at the moment.
But Pep’s new top replica Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 watches signals a bit of a new vibe for him. I’m a big fan of it – my fave is the orange Kelly Slater version – as it tells the time simply and stylishly with no fuss on the dial, no date window, just some sexy hands. But what’s immediately telling is that it’s not really like anything we’ve become accustomed to spotting on the Spaniard.
For starters, in the grand scheme of horology it’s actually pretty accessible; if you have a spare £4,250 you can go pick one up for yourself right now. Given last season we saw Guardiola rock rare grails like an A Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual, his white gold Rolex Cellini copy watches for sale, or a more wild Richard Mille RM010, it’s certainly a bit of a gear shift. In watch terms, it’s essentially like swapping ‘unbeatable’ for ‘very beatable’ because a Breitling Superocean is the perfect so-called everyday beater. What’s more, it also appears to be a tactical substitution for his previous go-to beater – high quality replica Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller watches.
The Sea-Dweller vs Superocean debate is one for watch nerds to get feisty over in Reddit forums, but one thing everyone should agree on is both are killer dive fake watches with Swiss movements that carry history and wear well in all situations – be it a snowy Tuesday at Turf Moor or at the Camp Nou as the Champions League hots up.
Just like Ange Postecoglou’s wristwear choices can tenuously align with his managerial approach, hypothetically speaking the same applies to Pep. He’s never been a one-watch guy, just as he doesn’t like to build a team around one player. He likes to tinker and rotate his luxury super clone watches as he does his biggest players (Phil Foden and Jack Grealish can vouch for such), while he’s also clearly not shy to bin one that was a previous favourite (RIP Ilkay Gundogan’s and Joao Cancelo’s City careers).
The question is – if this current losing streak goes on any longer, will any wristwear jitters set in? Pep is known to be a bit superstitious about things. And to add a bit more drama to the plot, watch expert Nick Gould has heard on the grapevine that the best Breitling Superocean replica watches may well have been a gift from his star striker, Erling Haaland, who just so happens to be a Breitling ambassador. While it’s all a bit of fun, as both a Liverpool and Breitling fan, here’s hoping Pep sticks with his Superocean – win, lose or draw.