As sported by superstars

Usain bolt

Hublot King Power Usain Bolt

The fastest man on Earth is one of the sporting world’s great showmen, so no wonder he should plump for Hublot, one of the showiest brands out there. Just in time for the Games, Hublot has brought out this limited edition chrono in Bolt’s honour. A chunky 48mm beast of a watch in Hublot’s extrovert King Power style, it bears the gold and green tones of the Jamaican flag, and Bolt in his customary pointing pose on the seconds dial. £14,430

Rafael nadal

TAG Heuer Formula 1 steel & ceramic with diamonds

She may have faltered at Wimbledon, but in the world of modern ladies’ tennis Sharapova has shown rare staying power, and will be looking to set things straight at the Olympics tournament. Her watch mixes elegance with strength (its ceramic bezel) and fine-tuned precision ­­– much like its wearer. £1,725

Maria sharapova

Royal Oak Offshore 44mm

The Little Master has found a good match for his mixture of swell style and virtuosic brilliance with Audemars Piguet. You’ll find him wearing this boldly luxurious Royal Oak Offshore. £44,170

Ben ainsley

Richard Mille RM027

Despite a highly complex tourbillon movement, the watch created for Spain’s tennis ace by Richard Mille, the Swiss master of futuristic horology, is quite astonishingly light – a mere 20 grams. What feels like a bit of cheap plastic is in fact constructed from super-tough alloys and carbon nanofibre, meaning it can withstand the force of being whipped around on Nadal’s wrist during matches. At £424,000 it’s a toy for billionaires, but the merely super-rich can pick up the slightly-less-featherweight RM035 version for a mere £68,000.

Sachin tendulkar

Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro

Corum’s emblematic 12-sided watches are named after the Admiral’s Cup regatta, so no surprises that our greatest sailor and three-time gold medallist wears one. The Centro is a typically tough chronograph that’s made for action. £6,800