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Justin Bieber wears a Rolex 18k yellow gold Day/Date II for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards

by amitdevhanda

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Justin Bieber 2013 Billboard Music Awards wearing Rolex Day/Date II in yellow gold

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Rolex Day/Date II 41 mm champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

All these music award shows are like Blockbuster Movies.  Lots of money spent on top talent, lighting and special effects, but not really that captivating. I exclusively watch these award shows to see what the stylists are putting on their clients in terms of  luxury watches.

So on Sunday May 19, 2013, I was watching the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and I see Justin Bieber accepting an award who was dressed like a modern day Eddie Murphy in black leather outfit. He was adorned with tacky gold jewelery on one hand and a Rolex Day/Date II in yellow gold with champagne diamond dial diamond bezel on the other.

The Rolex Day/Date II is so iconic and timeless symbol which exudes leadership and confidence, but a watch like this in yellow gold on a 19 year old pop star makes me question this particular style choice for sure. I have nothing against this particular Rolex watch or Justin Bieber, I just feel as a watch stylist, I wouldn’t have made that pairing choice.  As these celebrities make more money, so do their stylists, which doesn’t necessarily mean they have taste. I understand their is this entire motif going on where you creating a theme of opulence, but I just don’t think it’s appropriate. Even a regular Rolex Day/Date II in Platinum without diamonds would have been a better fit.  Thank God it was a Rolex Day/Date II, it definitely could have been a lot worse. Personally, I am not a fan of yellow gold, but there is a place for it, maybe on J-Lo’s wrist, because I think this particular Rolex watch looks a lot better on a women anyway.

Specs on the Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold Champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

Case- 41 mm yellow gold oyster

Dial -Champagne with ten diamonds

Bezel- set with 42 diamonds

Bracelet-  18k yellow gold President, semi-circular three-piece link

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
3156, Manufacture Rolex
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date and day in windows on the dial with rapid setting. Stop seconds for precise time setting
Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Retail- $56,200

The Rolex boutique at the Wynn of Las Vegas gets reborn 5/24/13

by amitdevhanda

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7 years ago in 2006, Steve Wynn made the decision to convert his art Gallery at the Wynn Resort of  Las Vegas into the first branded Rolex Boutique in North America. This boutique was a genius move and a huge success on his part because it set the example for many others to try to replicate his model. In my opinion, Steve Wynn has always had vision, passion and impeccable taste, which makes him a pioneer and leader of his industry.  This Rolex boutique houses everything the brand has to offer with a professional and knowledgeable sales staff second to none.

I admire Steve Wynn’s determination for reinvention, service, quality and authenticity. Next Friday, May 24, 2013, Mr Wynn will put all this to the test by re-launching the Rolex Boutique which has been under construction for the last few months. As a Rolex collector and enthusiast, I am excited to see the expansion of such an iconic location. From my understanding, the new Rolex Boutique will house the Rolex Collection in its entirety as well as specialty boutique and vintage pieces on hand for the world to see. This will all be accomplished in a newly designed, modern and more sophisticated setting. To accommodate this rebirth, the boutique was further expanded over one space, making this the Largest Rolex Flagship Boutique in North America.

Will the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II affect the sales of the white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II?

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex stainless steel Yacht-Master II

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Rolex 18k white gold Yacht-Master II

This year for Basel 2013, Rolex decided to complete their well received Yacht-Master II collection by making it available in stainless steel.

When the Yacht-Master II was released more than 5 years ago, this was only available in white gold and yellow gold. This was the first time that the patented Rolex Ring Command system was introduced where all the main functions of the watch are operated through the bezel.  Today, we have four variations of this watch available in 18 k white gold, 18 k yellow gold, stainless steel and 18k yellow gold and as of last week at Basel 2013, stainless steel.

Out of all the models up until now, the white gold model has been the one that collectors and enthusiasts have gravitated towards because of its neutrality and versatility and because it’s not as flashy as the 18k yellow gold model.  The problem with the white gold model is the weight of the watch being very heavy as is all 18k white gold as well as the price at almost $50,000. Now, I am not saying there is not a market for it amongst the wealthy and elite who have money to burn, but the new stainless steel model is definitely going to give this watch a serious run for its money.

I can only presume, that since the Rolex Steel and Gold model retails for $25,000, the new Stainless Steel version will retail for between $15,000-$20,000 which will be less than half the price of the white gold model. Besides the obvious difference in metals, both the stainless steel and white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II models are almost identical. The only distinguishing feature is that the new stainless steel version has a blue ceramic bezel and the 18 k white gold Yacht-Master II has an engraved brushed platinum bezel.

To be completely honest, from a practicality, legibility and durability standpoint, the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II is much easier to read because of the contrasting blue ceramic bezel. Even though the Platinum ring command bezel on the white gold model is a very hard and superior material it can scratch. The watch functionality is exactly the same as well as the brushed and polished oyster bracelet.

For the same money as the white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II  model, you could absolutely own the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II version and possibly two more additional Rolex Watches.

The new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II is sure to be a winner because of it’s finishing, execution and price point which leads me to believe that it will definitely effect and cut in to the sales of the 18 k white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II.

Technical Specs for the Stainless Steel Rolex Yacht-Master II ref#116680

Model case
Oyster, 44 mm, steel
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, regatta chronograph
Matt white lacquer, blue lacquer small seconds counter
Oyster, three-piece solid links

The Rolex Daytona goes Platinum for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex Datytona in Platinum ref#116506
pic courtesy of http://www.rolex.com

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Rolex Daytona 4130 calibre movement
pic courtesy of http://www.rolex.com

The waiting is finally over, the most anticipated watch in the world gets released at Basel 2013.  Yes, the new Rolex Daytona gets revealed and it is absolutely stunning. The only problem for me is that it’s Platinum which means it will be way out of my league in pricing.

I totally respect that Rolex wanted to do something special to honor this iconic legendary watch, but at the same time making it more in the $10,000-20,000 range would have been so much better for me and even that would be stretch. At the same time, Rolex is absolutely smart because the message is very clear that if you really want this watch you have to be in an elite exclusive circle to be able to attain one.

Lets get to the watch. This watch is solid Platinum with a brand new Rolex hazel brown ceramic bezel, with an ice blue dial and chestnut brown lacquer counters for the subdials. When you think individually about each color and the pairing choices they made for this watch, one may think, WTF? Actually, the pairing of all these colors is genius and still incorporates Rolex DNA to the end. Ice Blue is a dial option available on the Platinum Day/Date. This bold move makes this Rolex Daytona distinctive from any other Daytona being produced today. Then as we get to the ceramic bezel and subdials, which are chestnut brown in color, certainly an unusual choice but the contrast between the ice blue dial makes it very easy to read and very easy on the eyes to look at. This is historic for Rolex because it’s the first time in 50 years they have executed a Daytona in Platinum.

The watch is equipped with a very technical but simple Rolex 4130 Calibre movement. This is a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. The construction of this movement calls for far fewer parts than a standard chronograph, which as a result totally enhances the movements performance and reliability.

Finally, the Rolex Daytona is fitted with a solid Platinum link bracelet and safety clasp. This oysterlock folding clasp prevents accidental opening and the Easylink comfort extension link, also a Rolex exclusive. This functional and genious system allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, providing additional comfort under any circumstance.

Technical specs for the Rolex Platinum Daytona ref# 116506

Rolex introduce a brand new GMT-Master II for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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New Rolex GMT-Master II Black and Blue ceramic bezel
pic courtesy of http://www.rolex.com

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The Rolex Oysterlock Folding Clasp
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The Rolex Caliber 3186 movement
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Historically speaking, the Rolex GMT-Master II has always been available in three bezel configurations: black on black, black and red, and red and blue. Today,  Rolex introduced the newest member to the GMT -Master II family, the black and blue bezel. In 2007,  Rolex re-designed the GMT-Master II with a new movement, case, dial, bracelet and new ceramic bezel.

Like anything new Rolex does, it first takes my eyes time to adjust and then I just stare at it like a pervert for a while until I like or dislike it. The new stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II with black and blue ceramic bezel is definitely appreciated and welcome. Even though my heart immediately desires a black and red or blue and red ceramic bezel this new addition feeds my GMT addiction just fine for now. The black and blue bezel signifies day/night for functional visibility.

I know right now most collectors are like what is this watch? Trust me this is good, because they will have to have it once Rolex delivers the watch to their boutiques and authorized retailers next year.

Like the current GMT-Master II with black on black ceramic bezel, which has been a smash success across the globe, the new Rolex GMT-Master II with black and blue bezel will eventually become the same. The properties of the watch are almost exactly the same as the current one, except for the new bi -color ceramic bezel and the GMT second time zone hand is blue for contrast and visibility matching the blue in the bezel.   In fact, this new GMT-Master II gives me hope that the other two colors of black and red and blue and red will be available sooner than we think. The rumor going around was that Rolex was having technical difficulties with executing bi-color bezels in ceramic because of the color separation, but this new watch puts those rumors to rest.  Rolex doesn’t bring anything into the market unless it’s perfectly finished.

Technical Specs for the new Rolex GMT-Master II Black and Blue ceramic Bezel

Ref #116710BLNR

Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, steel
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function
Black laquer
Oyster, three-piece solid links

Watch Concierge Video

by amitdevhanda

Hey watch fanatics. This is Amit Dev Handa, your personal Luxury Timepiece Concierge.  Have you ever wanted to buy a watch and not sure how to go about it? Well, the time has come when you need to get your very own personal Luxury Timepiece Concierge. What is a Luxury Timepiece Concierge? You will just have to play the video to find out.