Jarno Trulli
June 6, 2011 Personalities

Jarno Trulli: Italian through and through

Racecar driver Jarno Trulli’s collaboration with Audemars Piguet has taken concrete form in the creation of a watch bearing his name. It’s as much the Italian as the athlete in him that charms the watchmaking brand.


Celebrating a partnership established in 2008, Audemars Piguet released a limited series inspired by racing car last October: the Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli. This timekeeper in forged carbon, a material that the Brassus brand was the first to use, also includes titanium and a bezel in cermet, elements that evoke racing car. But outside the world of racing, it was the man and his deep attachment to his roots that won over AP.

The Monza racetrack, in Italy, is particularly meaningful to Jarno. There he enjoys the unswerving support of the tifosi, who welcome him like a prince. His first name, Jarno, comes from Monza; his parents named him in honor of the Finnish driver, Jarno Saarinen, who died on the circuit in 1973 in a terrible crash.

But it’s not just car racing that anchors him to his native country. A wine connoisseur, the athlete owns vineyards that have been producing wine for ten years. When he travels, which also helps him broaden his market, his father is in charge of the Podere Castorani brand. This young wine, based on old farming traditions, is a Motepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Very moved by the earthquake that shook Abruzzo in April 2009, Trulli founded an association, “Abruzzo ne cuore,” or “Abruzzo in the heart.” His initiative has already raised nearly 680,000 euros to help the victims. His dedicated and generous personality captivated the Le Brassus-based brand.