Karim Benzema & Alexia Putellas, winners of the Ballon d’OrTM 2022, with their Purnell Escape Ballon d’OrTM timepieces and Purnell CEO Maurizio Mazzocchi.

2022 marked the second for the brand as Official Partner of the prestigious Ballon d’OrTM, a partnership that is rooted in both institutions valor for excellence and rewarding the best of the best—hyper horology meeting the art of the football.

Two legends were crowned once more and inducted in the Ballon d’OrTM Hall of Fame and awarded each a Purnell x Ballon d’OrTM Unique Piece: Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas. This year showed Putellas winning back-to-back Ballon d’OrTM and her second Purnell unique timepiece to go along with it—making her the first female football player to do so and an especially incredible feat after recovering from a knee injury earlier in the season. For Benzema, this award is his first Ballon d’OrTM, after a meteoric rise and undeniable performances in the 2021-2022 season. It also makes him the first French player since his mentor’s, Zinedine Zidane, win in 1998.

Purnell unveils the 2022 Ballon d’OrTM Unique Piece

Official partner of the Ballon d’OrTM since 2021, the watchmaking maison Purnell is proud to reveal the unique piece that will be awarded to the respective Men’s and Women’s 2022 Ballon d’OrTM winner of the 66th edition on October 17th, 2022.

Creation of Legends

Worldwide, over 4 billion avid fans live and breathe football. Each goal, miss, penalty, high, and low. It is more than a game; it is a way of life.

French magazine France Football established the Ballon d’OrTM award in 1956 with the aim to crown living legends. An international jury of 100 expert journalists, assembled by the magazine, work together each year to choose the best male and female player of the year.

“Football is the most popular sport in the world and the Ballon d’OrTM its most prestigious distinction,” said Maurizio Mazzocchi, CEO of Purnell. “Purnell stands for the best, for the ultimate in the watch industry and could only attach its name to the very best players, the Ballon d’OrTM winners.”

“I think that Purnell and the Ballon d’OrTM share two essential values: very high standards of excellence and the taste for performance,” shares Pascal Ferré, Editor-in-Chief of France Football.

Crowning a New Winner

The Ballon d’OrTM trophy, a literal golden football, has become the ultimate achievement for any football player. Each trophy is unique, just like each laureate, and it is in that spirit of exclusivity that Purnell developed two unique pieces to be awarded to the male and female winner of the Ballon d’OrTM.

The 2022 Purnell Ballon d’OrTM Unique Piece is donned in a spectacular 48mm case, with an 18K rose gold football engraved with the Ballon d’OrTM hallmark, encapsulates a flying tourbillon, making a full rotation in 30 seconds.