Alain Prost — Formula One’s ‘Professor’

Alain Prost (1983)
Alain Prost at the Belgium Grand Prix in 1983

Universally regarded as one of Formula One’s greatest drivers, Alain Prost’s 12-year racing career saw him win 51 Grand Prix races whilst driving for McLaren, Renault, Ferrari and Williams. At the time of his retirement in 1993, Prost held the record for most wins in the sport – a record that stood for a total of 14 years. It was eventually surpassed by Michael Schumacher at the Belgium Grand Prix in 2001.

Prost’s academic approach to racing earned him the nickname ‘The Professor’. He rarely overexerted his car in the early stages of a race, choosing instead to conserve his breaks and tyres, helping ensure maximum performance towards the finish line and a late bid for the win. His driving style was one of cool-headed logic and solid tactics; asserting, “I hate to risk the car” and “I always say that my ideal is to get pole with the minimum effort, and to win the race at the slowest speed possible.”

Alain Prost with McLaren at Monaco, 1988
Alain Prost with Ferrari
Alain Prost with Renault

Overview — however brief — of Prost’s racing career could not be considered complete without mention of his arch-rival, Aryton Senna. It’s an age-old story: two individuals of approximate skill and talent impelling one another to higher levels whilst directly competing for victory. Think Holmes and Moriarty, Ali and Frazier, the Red Sox and the Yankees, Federer and Nadal, Iceman and Maverick…

The Prost/Senna rivalry has become the stuff of F1 legend — Prost with his methodical, collected driving and Senna with his aggressive, flat-out driving going head to head. Notable incidents during the rivalry include their collision at Suzuka during 1989’s Japanese Grand Prix and Senna deliberately ramming Prost at 160mph the year after, again at the Suzuka race. After Senna’s untimely demise in 1994, Prost said, “When he died, I felt a part of me had died also, because our careers had been so bound together.”

Senna and Prost
Senna and Prost
Senna and Prost at 1989's Suzuka race
Senna and Prost at 1989's Suzuka race
Senna and Prost
Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna

But enough about motor racing, this is Revolution after all. Over the years Prost has been spotted wearing several watches, notably pieces from Rolex (a Datejust, a Daytona and a Cellini Date), TAG Heuer (a Monaco Twenty Four Concept Chronograph 40th Anniversary and a Carrera 40th Anniversary Jack Heuer Edition), Ebel (the Sport Classic Chronograph) and IWC (an Ingeniur Chronograph).

Prost and his Ebel Sport Classic Chronograph
Prost and his Ebel Sport Classic Chronograph (Photo by Chris Smith/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Prost and his TAG Heuer Monaco Twenty Four Concept Chronograph 40th Anniversary
Prost and his TAG Heuer Monaco Twenty Four Concept Chronograph 40th Anniversary
Prost and his IWC Ingeniur Chronograph
Prost and his IWC Ingeniur Chronograph (Photo by Marc Susset-Lacroix/WireImage via Getty Images)
Prost and his Rolex Datejust
Prost and his Rolex Datejust (Photo by JARNOUX Patrick/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Prost and his Rolex Cellini Date
Prost and his Rolex Cellini Date (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

But for the past few years now, Prost has been sporting a Richard Mille. Initially chosing the RM 010, he can now – of course – be seen wearing his new namesake RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost. Alongside this personal brand partnership, RM also sponsors Prost’s Renault e.dams Formula E team and has done since the first FIA Formula E Championship in 2014.

With Prost’s remarkable career, it seems only natural that one of Formula 1’s greats wears arguably the greatest Formula 1-related watch brand around.

Alain Prost
Prost, wearing Renault e.dams colours, and his RM 010