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Ellen DeGeneres wears an 18kyg Rolex Daytona on her show

by amitdevhanda

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I am a huge fan of Ellen DeGeneres. She has overcome all kinds of obstacles and challenges in her life over the years and now to her credit she reins supreme with her own show Ellen, making her a modern day Oprah. What really caught my attention was when she started her show, she frequently mentioned she wanted to wear a stainless steel Rolex Submariner No-Date. Recently, I was watching her show and she wearing a Rolex 18kyg Daytona on a solid 18k yellow gold bracelet with a white dial. Not many women today have the balls to wear a watch like this because of it’s masculine nature, but Ellen pulls it of flawlessly with elegance, style and grace with an everyday wearing sensibility that is really endearing.

What I love most about Rolex is that they are so incredibly iconic that there is no mistaking what it is. Rolex is the universal symbol of  success. A solid gold Rolex can look really flashy and intentionally pretentious, but it really depends on the person wearing it. In this case, Ellen takes a $35,000 solid yellow gold watch and makes it look really classy as she wears it casually loose and slinky. This is a great example of someone wearing a Rolex watch and making it fit perfectly. I applaud Ellen’s taste and her love for Rolex watches. She is a great role model and I hope this inspires women to take risks to start wearing bigger watches that fit them right, because the right big watches on women are sexy, hot and just incredible!

Technical specs of the 18kyg Rolex Daytona

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona . 40mm 18K yellow gold case,

tachymeter engraved bezel,

screw-down push buttons, white dial, index hour markers,

18kyg Oysterlock bracelet.

retail-$34,650

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Drake wears Rolex on the July 2013 cover of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

I can’t really say I am a huge fan of hip-hop or R&B music unless I am at a club shaking my thing after many liquor drinks, yeah right! This month, Canadian rap super star Drake is featured on the July 2013 cover of GQ wearing an 18k yellow gold Rolex Day/Date II with champagne diamond dial, diamond bezel. Rolex has always been a symbol of wealth and status that has been embraced by the hip hop community in videos and style shoots. Usually, this sort of medium can give Rolex a bad name because it can cheapen their image due to a certain type environment or person it’s placed on.

The Rolex Yellow Gold Day/Date II is hardly a watch I  would personally wear because its a bit too flashy for my liking, but in this particular situation, Drake wears this watch with style and confidence, making this style shoot look even more effortless and natural. This is a great example of the right style choice between the product and celebrity wearing it. I like the fact the the Rolex Day/Date II doesn’t look inappropriate or ghetto on Drake. He pulls it of with ease because he is masculine calm and confident and happens to be wearing the right clothes. Even though he is only 26, Drake appears more as a man than a boy. In style shoots like this, if the watch is not paired with the right celebrity, it can totally throw of the aesthetic of the entire shoot and detract from the goal. In this case, the watch is a nice accessory that compliments the overall theme. Also, the consumer looking at this photo gets a better idea of the true size and scale of the watch, giving him/her a point of reference.

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

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

Andy Warhol wore a Rolex watch

by amitdevhanda

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Andy Warhol
image courtesy of http://www.rolex.com

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Andy Warhol’s Rolex ref#4021
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snap on case back
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Andy Warhol is my favorite artist of all time and has been an obsession of mine for the last 15 years. He was one of the most fascinating people the world ever saw as well as the embodiment of the Ultimate Icon and Pop Artist. I was thrilled to learn recently that Andy Warhol liked to collect watches and actually wore a Rolex Watch.

The watch he wore was a 1940’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual in rose gold. Andy Warhol was not the original owner, he purchased it from a man named Russell Brown, that’s why that name is engraved on the case back and not Andy Warhol’s.

This watch is quite handsome and clean. I must say Andy Warhol had very good taste. I am not sure about the bracelet though. The characteristics of this watch include: an 18k 33 mm rose gold case, fitted with an early “bubble back” automatic movement,  a stainless steel and rose gold “bypass” bracelet that he purchased after he purchased the watch. The rose gold in the bracelet resembles the rose gold in the case, but is not an exact match as this is not the original bracelet. The dial reeks simple, elegant, sophisticated and timeless as it is silver with rose gold Arabic numerals and steel blued hour and minute hands for contrast. The sub-second hand was perfectly placed above the six o’clock position between the hour and minute hands to complete the entire aesthetic.

In 1988, Andy Warhol’s Rolex was auctioned off by Southeby’s for $1,800. This watch has been in private possession ever since and only resurfaced 6 months ago where it sold for an estimated $35,000 by firstdibs.com

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

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

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
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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
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function
Dial
Black laquer
Bracelet
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.

Baselworld 2013

by amitdevhanda

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I just wanted to clarify for any of you out there how Baselworld in Basel Switzerland works. Every major watch brand exhibits in Baselworld every year to showcase their latest creations. This Fair is for retailers all over the world to see what the newest releases are and to place orders for the year for their store/stores as most of these brand have allocations.

Unless, you’re a member of the press or some how invited by the brand, the public is not allowed to go into these magnificent booths that the watch brands spend millions of dollars on to put on the event of the year. However, unlike other watch Fairs and Baselworld by far being the biggest ans surely one of the most important in the world, the general public is allowed to purchase day and group passes. You can definitely look from the outside of all these amazing booths where you can see the newest novelties in the windows.   This year Baselworld starts on April 25 and ends May 2 2013.  To get all the information you need on specifics for Baselworld 2013 please click here

The Best watch blog in the world for 2013 is Jake’s Rolex World

by amitdevhanda

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Jake Ehrlich- Editor and Publisher of Jake’s Rolex World, Jake’s Panerai World and Jake’s Patek Philippe World                                                                                        Pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

 

 

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Jake’s Patek Philippe World

There are very few people in the watch industry that impress me for obvious reasons. Most of the blogs I see out there today are unoriginal and uninspiring and lack creativity. I am here today to happily report my choice for number one watch blog in the world for 2013 . The winner is Jake’s Rolex World.  Colleague and friend Jake Ehrlich is editor and publisher of Jake’s Rolex World has made himself the much-needed refreshing necessity within the watch world. Jake’s Rolex World has become a global phenomenon over the last 6 years archiving the history of the brand from the beginning. I have never seen a watch blog with so much attention to detail research and accuracy as Jake has done with his masterful library. Today, Rolex themselves have seriously taken notice and use this as a major resource and tool by educating their staff on the brand globally.  The Rolex retailers throughout the world who are in the know use this incredible archive as a way to educate clients and close sales.

What makes Jake’s Rolex world relatable is that he is educating the world through his own journey  as a watch enthusiast and the biggest fan of the brand. Jake and I have had several discussions and he relates his site to  the fact he has taken the world of Life Magazine, People Magazine and National Geographic and given birth to the ultimate watch journal combining all these iconic and individual worlds together as one. Since Jake himself has an explorative mind and likes to dig deep, he has spent many years collecting original pictures stories and content which he selflessly shares with the rest of the world making it accessible in the palm of your hands with most modern-day technology.  All this digging and constant need for more has made Jake an authority of the brand and the only resource for Rolex period!

I would like to sincerely congratulate Jake for having the best watch blog in the world for 2013 and  for his passion and many hours of R&D and sharing it with the rest of us. Jake’s Rolex World is the biggest gift for any watch enthusiast and will have you engrossed for many hours and days. You can also check out his other sites Jake’s Panerai World and Jake’s Patek Philippe World which are just as informative, entertaining and in depth.

What will Rolex do for the 50th anniversary of the stainless steel Daytona at Basel 2013 ?

by amitdevhanda

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Vintage Rolex Daytona

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Current Rolex Daytona

This year is a landmark year for watches, especially for the mighty king that is Rolex. At Basel 2013 this year which is quickly approaching us, not only will Rolex introduce the new novelties for this year, but they will be unveiling the 50th Anniversary Rolex Daytona model. That’s right! The most iconic watch in the world has turned 50 and everybody is speculating what will Rolex do for the 50th Anniversary of the Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona?

Anytime Rolex does a 50th Anniversary model, it usually implies they will be adding the color Rolex Green to a special edition piece. The speculation is that the current 40 mm Daytona will be replaced with a new version in 44 mm with a ceramic bezel. I have heard they may do a special edition white gold model with green hands for the Chronograph registers for the 50th anniversary.

Speculate all you want because Rolex is so tight lipped, that no one will ever know till the first day of the Basel Fair what Rolex is doing.  This is the genius of Rolex, who keep the most avid collector guessing about every single aspect of the watch that it almost becomes a different brand and creates a hysteria around it. In my opinion, it  really doesn’t matter what Rolex does because they create trends not follow them. I mean they could have the dial made of Ketchup and there would be a waiting list for years to come, that’s how powerful Rolex is!