Watches symbolize elegance, prestige, and quality. Many of today’s top celebrities–actors, athletes, entertainers–are endorsed by luxury watch brands, putting a watch in front of millions of eyes each time they wear it. And which watch brand ismost popular with celebrities?
Sir Jackie Stewart- Rolex
One of motor racing’s true icons, Sir Jackie Stewart, is otherwise known as ‘The Flying Scot’. He racked up 43 podium finishes in his nine-season career, including a total of 27 wins.
Today, the racing legend owns somewhere in the region of two dozen Rolex watches. Many of them awarded as prizes for Grand Prix triumphs. He won at Monaco three times, the most challenging circuit on the F1 calendar. Yet, it’s the Daytonas that he particularly values. Last year he was presented with a new model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first Monte Carlo win.
Jason Statham – Panerai
Panerai is known to be a “tough guy watch” – its admired and worn by several iconic Hollywood action movie heroes such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Jason Statham just to mention a few. The British-born actor Jason Statham has made a career from some outrageous titles including The Italian Job and Expendables. Statham has turned to Panerai as the watch brand of his chioce and if you have watched one of his films, The Transporters’, you will see that his character dons one of these models and it is prominently featured.
Serena Williams-Audemars Piguet
Indisputably one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams has dominated the sport since she turned pro. But she’s still a woman who likes nice things, which is why she became an ambassador for Audemars Piguet in 2013. Wearing the white Audemars Piguet royal oak offshore replicaon the tennis court has become Serena William’s iconic trademark. The sporty women’s watch exhibits Serena’s relentless training and ability to gracefully win titles and break records.
If you are someone that is particular on class and precision of a watch then Swiss luxury watch would certainly turn out to be an excellent deal for you.
A dress watch is the only watch that will serve at formal and business events. When you want to look your absolute best, the dress watch is the best choice. It is something you’re proud to have around your wrist. It can be said that the dress watch is the only watch in your collection that is absolutely indispensable.
Birthed in the early 20th century for well-to-do gentlemen who wanted to start wearing their timepiece on their wrist, rather than in their pocket. The dress watch is all about simplicity and sophistication; it’s sleek rather than encumbered. It’s not flashy, and draws attention to itself in a subtle way — for its classiness and how it compliments your get-up. With its classic and timeless good looks, subtlety and understatement are key for the dress watch. It is only upon closer inspection that the timepiece reveals its details and the quality of its construction.
A dress watch needs to be simplistic. Elegant. And above all, minimalistic. It isn’t some gaudy watch that’s bejeweled with diamonds or a chronograph that is so big it looks like a clock. Most dress watches have no complications, or have at most a second hand and a date window.The presentation must be simple as well. Metal sabre style hour indexes are common, as are roman numerals. Arabic numerals may be used but should be small.
The dial and bezel should be unornamented, or patterned subtly at most. White, black or metallic faces are preferred. It is subtle, understated and charming. You wear a dress watch for dressier, more formal occasions like with a business suit or a tuxedo. But you can also wear a dress watch with everything on down to sharp casual. It won’t pair well with a t-shirt and jeans.
TheCartier Tank is consistently one of our favorite dress watches. Simplistic and elegant, along with it’s accurate timekeeping, the Cartier Tank watch is a marvel of fine watchmaking. The tank features a square case and distinctive roman numeral hour markers in black on a white dial. It is available in quartz, handwind or automatic movements. Cartier Tank is very popular with the business community as well as the contemporary artist due to its clean lines and simplicity. And Cartier ballon bleu replica is also a good choice for men and women in formal occasions.
If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities.
Today, chronographs are very popular. Aside from the date, a chronograph—translated literally as “time writer”—is considered the most useful feature on a watch because it allows wearers to measure elapsed time. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities.
Much like dive watches and dress watches, having a good chronograph in your collection is always a good idea. Its ability to run like a stopwatch is one of the most practical functions of modern watches. Powered by movements featuring a coulisse lever or the more technically challenging column wheel, chronographs are universally beloved by pilots, racecar drivers, doctors. The following are the best chronograph watches in the world today.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic is the evolution of the Big Bang, with a slightly modified case and new “sexier” round push-buttons. The 45-mm titanium chronograph case contains the in-house caliber HUB 1242 Unico. Certainly replica watches UK include many nice chronograph watches.
Through the ’60s and ’70s, TAG Heuer (then known simply as Heuer) built some of the coolest chronographs around, and thanks to Steve McQueen the Monaco remains the most popular and collectible of its time. The brand has reissued the Monaco on a few different occasions, but this new version-TAG Heuer Monaco Cal. 11 Chronograph Reissue is the most true to the original thus far.
The Omega Speedmaster Professionalyou can buy today is nearly identical to the one worn to the moon in 1969 — same case shape and size, same dial design, nearly the same movement, even. The Speedmaster of the ’60s was built and tested to be incredibly tough, and its iconic status as the first watch on the moon makes it a must-have for any serious watch collector. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
For SIHH 2017, Geneva, Switzerland-based watchmaker MB&F debuts the Horological Machine No. 7 (HM7) Aquapod – and it is pretty darn cool. While diving watch in style, MB&F is quick to point out that the “HM7 is not a diving watch.” Why? If there is one downside to this marvelous beauty, it is that it only has 50 meters of water resistance. Perhaps we should simply consider this a “swimming watch.” Then again, if you have one of these circa $100,000 flying tourbillon-equipped timepieces on your wrist, you likely aren’t going to rely on it in aquatic environments for more than mere wading.
Before discussing the fascinating technical elements of this jellyfish-inspired timepiece design, a few words in general about MB&F at the outset of 2017. As a company, MB&F has done two very difficult things. First, it has been able to capture the hearts and minds of the watch and design enthusiast community for over a decade through a series of product debuts. This means that MB&F’s team including founder Max Busser and its dedicated staff have demonstrated an incredible consistency of quality in almost every product they release. This implies an intense level of focus and likely internal ability to accept and evaluate criticism. What does that mean? I think that MB&F has a good system that allows itself to refine each idea prior to going into production. Moreover, there seems to be a highly effective feedback loop that allows potential issues to be mitigated and refined before anything reaches a consumer. This is the only way that the brand could ensure such consistently good quality in design, technical production, and marketing.
MB&F has also been able to remain boutique yet professional. Capping production volumes and activity has probably held back profitability, but has allowed everything else to remain solid. Max Busser has hinted at this fact to me on many occasions, and I think it is worth mentioning. In a sense, the brand has traded potential growth for an ability to maintain its personality and soul – and that no doubt requires constant discipline. Many other brands have gone the other route. In a sense, MB&F is a very personal brand to Max Busser and his inner team. Remove them and the magic goes away. That means what we are seeing in terms of product and quality is something special that is a result of a particular assortment of individuals, in a particular place, at a particular time. It can’t be replicated and eventually in the future (near or far) it will be disbanded. With that knowledge, I continue to pay close attention to the brand knowing that inherently their work is ephemeral and valuable.
OK, so on to this MB&F HM7 Aquapod, which in all likelihood will wear like a thick Casio G-Shock in terms of overall proportions. Also note that this is the first round-cased Horological Machine that the brand has produced. Max Busser defied his own conventions when producing the original Legacy Machine 1 (LM1), which was the first round-cased watch the brand produced. This might seem like a minor point, but it is a big deal to the established watch community in Switzerland that sees “round” as established and conservative and anything other than that as being at least a little bit edgy. MB&F came on the scene in order to offer more innovative aesthetics, so the idea of doing something round was sort of contrary to the mission of the brand. Now, after exploring a range of watch case shapes, the brand feels comfortable enough to produce something that does indeed have a round case profile – even if the MB&F HM7 Aquapod is anything but a traditional round watch.
Another quirk to the release of the MB&F HM7 Aquapod is that it comes after the release of the HM8. It was not that long ago that MB&F released the Horological Machine No. 8 Can-Am watch in September of 2016. These types of products have long lead times, and so what I believe happened is that the HM8 was simply ready prior to the HM7. Why the two models were released so close together is unclear, though I am sure MB&F has their reasons. If anything, the once uncommon release cycle of watches from the brand has accelerated over the last few years. Production quantities are still very low, but it is increasingly difficult for us as well as collectors to keep up with all the new things the brand has been coming out with. With that said, judging by products like the MB&F HM7 Aquapod, there does not seem to be a lack of creative fuel at the brand.
One of my favorite watch brands of all time was inspired by jellyfish, and that is the now defunct Nubeo. Their Medusse Project watches had a distinct way of taking aesthetic and shape cues from our gelatinous cnidarian friends in the sea. MB&F follows suit, but in their own manner with the MB&F Horological Machine No. 7. As in the Nubeo, the easiest way of seeing the jellyfish look is by seeing the Aquapod from its side. MB&F once again relied on their long-time design partner Eric Giroud for the design of the MB&F HM7 Aquapod collection.
To start, the MB&F HM7 Aquapod is being produced as a limited edition in two versions, with one being in titanium and one being in 18k red gold. The case is 53.8mm wide and 21.3mm thick produced from a whopping 95 parts. Though it will wear smaller given that the crowns (there are two) are in the middle section of the case, and because the lugs are narrower and more inset than the overall case dimensions suggest. I haven’t see the MB&F HM7 Aquapod yet at the time of writing, but I imagine that it will be comfortable to wear, but sit tall off the wrist.
New Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel For 2017
It was just last year that Rolex refreshed their Daytona line by introducing a ceramic (or Cerachrom) bezel, and now for 2017, we see the release of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with ceramic bezel in white and yellow gold with a… wait for it… Oysterflex rubber strap. Yes, the Daytona is joining the ranks of the Yacht-Master which introduced the Oysterflex strap in 2015. The three versions will come in yellow gold, white gold, and Everose (the proprietary Rolex Pink gold), all of which will have the caliber 4130 movement that was upgraded to the Rolex Superlative Chronometer Certification of being accurate to +2/-2 seconds per day.
The combination of Cerachrom dial, gold, and the Oysterflex presents a refreshing of the Rolex Daytona that I’m not sure many people anticipated and we’ll really be able to give you a true reporting of the watches look like once we share our hands on images with you soon. I have a feeling there is going to be a healthy mix or “love it or hate it” extremes in opinion here, which is always something that I love.
For those not familiar with what the Oysterflex bracelet is, I’ll let our description of it from when it was introduced do the work: “The structure of the bracelet begins with a metal “blade” (a titanium nickel alloy) that creates a base shape and allows it to fit securely. One of the most interesting elements on the strap are the “fins” underneath that are designed to create a cushion between the strap and your wrist. This allows for your wrist to expand and contract a bit while the strap remains comfortable and snug, and also helps vent the inner part of the strap a bit on hot days. It is a great feeling strap made out of an ‘elastomer’ material which is connected to an 18k rose gold deployant clasp.”
Additionally, the Rolex Oysterflex strap also features the 5mm Rolex Easylink rapid extension for when you need more or less room on your wrist. So, even though Rolex refers to it as a “bracelet,” the Oysterflex is really a very high-end strap that Rolex is deciding to use on what is arguably their most iconic watch. Of course, the fact that we are seeing it on only gold watches lets us know that these won’t be the predominant style of Daytona strap anytime soon. I have a feeling that the text reading “OYSTERFLEX” down the width of the strap is going to inspire some complaining.
On the inside, the watch stays the same. The 4130 movement is accurate to +2/-2 seconds per day and has a 72-hour power reserve. The 40mm-wide oyster case is water resistant to 100M and is really just the same Daytona you know.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in yellow gold ref. 116518LN is going to have a champagne dial with a sunray finish and black subdials, while the hour markers are going to be in Chromalight (aka lume) and 18k yellow gold with a black PVD coating. The hands, naturally, will be in yellow gold and Chromalight. The 18k yellow gold is also going to carry over to the safety clasp of the Oysterflex bracelet. This pattern will carry over to the white gold model ref. 116519LN and Everose gold model ref. 116515LN, as well. We’ll have a lot more for you guys once we go hands on with these pieces including exact pricing information. rolex.com