Usain Bolt may still be the Jamaican runner that’s on everyone’s radar, but it looks like Yohan Blake is getting some attention — and not just for his athleticism. The International Olympic Committee is more concerned about Blake’s $500,000 custom-made timepiece by luxury watchmaker Richard Mille.
Athletes are supposed to wear clothes from sponsors, which is obvious from all the logoed gear that they sport. The same rule applies to accessories, and Omega is the Olympics’s official timekeeper — not Richard Mille. Blake, who won the silver medal in the 100 meter race, is now being investigated on whether or not he broke the Olympic rules in regards to donning items that aren’t official sponsors of the Games.
Olympic regulations aside, this watch is pretty sick. The lightweight timepiece was made in a black/green/yellow colorway as a nod to the hues of the Jamaican flag. The watch is reportedly not being mass produced until after the Olympics are over this weekend due to the IOC’s endorsement rules, and Blake will also reportedly be Mille’s spokesperson through 2013.
See the watch for yourself below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
[TNT Magazine, Pursuitist]