Richard Mille’s Tourbillon Jamaica Edition Watch Starts A Controversy, Thanks To Sprinter Yohan Blake

by: Joseph On  Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Yohan Blake controversy

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, the recent recipient of the title of “second-fastest man in the world” at the 2012 Olympics, is now at the center of a controversy involving the Olympic Committee’s rules against personal endorsements during the games.

It all started when watchmaker Richard Mille made a statement on its Facebook page about a secret individual who would “…be the only sprinter to run with a Tourbillon watch on his wrist.” That turned out to be Yohan Blake, wearing the watch with the distinctive colors of the Jamaican flag: Green, black, and gold. It’s not certain what will happen to Blake, since the parties involved appear to have exploited a loophole in the rules by not having Blake wear the watch or make any kind of public statement since then.  But you can bet that the Olympic Committee will probably try to prevent something like this from happening in the future by tightening up their regulations.