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While the Oscar Awards caught the world’s attention with the announcement of winners, there were timepieces on the wrists of Academy Award recipients and esteemed individuals that grabbed our attention. A few of them were Vintage Rolexes, Panerai, Omega, and the latest Chopard Alpine Eagle.

Scott Stuber (Film Producer): Vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

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Scott Stuber is the Head of Original Films at Netflix.

Spike Lee (Film Director, Producer, Writer, Actor): Rolex GMT-Master II

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Spike Lee is known for his films like Malcom x (1992) and BlacKkKlansman (2018).

Noah Baumbach (Filmmaker): Rolex Datejust

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Noah Baumbach’s works include The Squid and The Whale (2005), and Marriage story (2019), which was nominated for six awards, and won Best Supporting Actress by Laura Dern. 

Mark Consuelos (Actor): Vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

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Mark Consuelos is the husband of Kelly Ripa and currently stars as Hiram Lodge in Riverdale.

Dominic Tuohy (Special Effects Artist): Vintage Rolex Explorer II

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Dominic Tuohy is part of the team behind 1917 (2019) which was nominated for 10 awards and won Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.  

Rami Malek (Actor): Cartier Pasha

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Rami Malek has starred in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Mr. Robot (2015-2019) and Night at the Museum (2006). 

Colin Jost (Comedian, Actor, Writer): Tag Heuer Monaco

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Colin Jost has starred in How To Be Single (2016) and currently writes for Saturday Night Live. He attended the Oscars with Scarlett Johansson, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 

Sebastian Maniscalco (Stand-up Comedian, Actor): Panerai Luminor Due 45mm Ref. PAM674

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Sebastian Maniscalco has starred in Green Book (2018) and The Irishman (2019), which was nominated for 9 awards.

Taika Waititi (Filmmaker, Actor, Comedian): Panerai Luminor Due 45mm Ref. PAM728

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Taika Waititi is known for directing Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Jojo Rabbit (2019), which was nominated for five awards and won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. 

Antonio Banderas (Actor, Film Producer, Director): Bvlgari Octo Finissimo

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Antonio Banderas starred in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Pain and Glory (2019), which was nominated for 2 awards.

Christopher Peterson (Costume Designer): Omega Speedmaster

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Christopher Peterson was part of the production for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Body of Lies (2008) and The Irishman (2019), which was nominated for Best in Costume Design.

Josh Gad (Actor and Producer): Chopard Alpine Eagle

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Josh Gad starred as Olaf in Frozen (2013) and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
 
It doesn’t come as a big surprise to see Rolex on the wrist of people who attended the Oscars. Learn more about the relationship between Rolex and the Academy Awards here.

Grammys

We saw a lot of familiar faces at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The face we saw the most of was Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Rolex. However, some celebrities wanted to go against the grain and adorned their wrist with other brands.

Here’s a run-down of the artists we spotted wearing a Rolex:

John Legend: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Platinum with Diamond Pave

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DJ Khaled: Rolex Gold Sky-Dweller

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Trevor Noah: Rolex GMT-Master II

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Khalid: Rolex Datejust

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YoungKio, Shay Smyers, Guy Lawrence, and PJ Morton: Rolex Datejust

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Joe Jonas: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo

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Joe Perry: Panerai

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Ellen DeGeneres wearing a Patek Philippe 5270, Swae Lee, Young Thug, and Connor McGregor flaunting their Patek Philippe Nautilus

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Nick Jonas and 21 Savage sporting Richard Mille

 

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Diving Into An Adventure

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Omega Seamaster Professional Ploprof 1200M Ref. 227.60.55.21.03.001

The adventurous are no strangers to the unpredictability of Mother Nature; being prepared is imperative. One of the many facets of preparedness comes in the form of having reliable equipment. To a number of veteran divers, the diving watch lands among the most important pieces.

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In 2011, Panerai surprised the world of watchmaking by creating a diving watch with a case made of bronze, an extraordinarily fascinating material which matures with the passage of time, acquiring a patina which gives a unique character to each piece.

Today, for the first time, this legendary model appears in a collection, with a new design enhanced by a ceramic bezel.

The patina, which gradually forms on the surface of the bronze, gives each piece an original, dynamic appearance while also protecting the watch from further oxidation without changing its properties. The Panerai Submersible Bronzo is a professional diving watch, water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres (30 bar) and with all the indications clearly visible even in complete darkness. The small seconds hand at 9 o’clock indicates that the watch is running properly in all situations and the unidirectional rotating bezel enables the safe duration of each dive to be calculated.

The new watch is also supplied with a second strap in military green rubber, ideal for activities in the ocean. The P.9010 Manufacture calibre, automatic with a power reserve of three days, is wound by a bidirectional oscillating weight, which can be admired through the sapphire glass porthole on the back. It displays the time and the date, and it is fitted with the mechanical device for rapidly adjusting the hour hand.

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Vacheron Constantin Year of the Pig Cover

Vacheron Constantin Year of the Pig Cover

It’s Chinese New Year once again, and with the start of the year comes a slew of special edition watches. This year’s zodiac sign is the Pig, and while that may carry some negative connotations in the West, the Chinese take a very different view: pigs are seen as fun-loving, generous, sincere, hard-working, loyal, and intelligent. So if you were born in the Year of the Pig, go ahead and wear your zodiac sign with pride. Here are some of our favorite Year of the Pig watches.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Pig

We love Vacheron Constantin’s penchant for creating animals who look like they’re about to walk off the dial, and their Year of the Pig watch is no exception. Available in platinum or pink gold, its hands-free time display allows your porcine friend to take center stage.

Vacheron Constantin Zodiac Chinese Year of the Pig 2019

The pig is hand-engraved and delicately applied to the dial, which features a foliage motif based on classic Chinese iconography. This pattern is etched directly onto the gold base to make it appear as if the vegetation is floating over the dial, and its blue or bronze tone is achieved through Grand Feu enamelling. Its self-winding Calibre 2460 G4 bears the Hallmark of Geneva, and has approximately 40 hours of power reserve.

Panerai Luminor Sealand (PAM00859) Year of the Pig

Pam00859 Panerai Luminor Sealand Year of the Pig

For a sportier alternative, check out the Luminor Sealand. Unlike other Chinese New Year editions, Panerai places their zodiac design on a special cover. The pig and surrounding decorations are depicted in a style inspired by traditional Chinese iconography and engraved by master craftsmen using an ancient Italian technique called sparsello.

Underneath the cover is a grey dial with Arabic numerals, linear hour markers, and luminous dots. It has a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and displays the date at 3 o’clock. Its P.9010 automatic movement has a power reserve of 3 days.

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Pig

Chopard continues their tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year with the ancient Japanese art of urushi. Over the past few years, Chopard has collaborated with Japanese Living National Treasure Master Kiichiro Masamura and Yamada Heiando Company’s Urushi grand master Minori Koizumi to produce their Chinese zodiac timepieces. If that isn’t impressive enough, Yamada Heiando is the official purveyor to the Japanese imperial family as well.

The dial of this year’s timepiece is imbued with auspicious symbols: the pig is rendered in gold to represent abundance, with a protruding stomach as a sign of joviality. Its case is made from ethical 18-carat rose gold, and houses an ultra-thin self-winding L.U.C 9.6.17-L calibre, which can be viewed through a sapphire crystal caseback.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac

Chopard LUC Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac 1

If you weren’t born in the Year of the Pig, or just want to go for something more subtle, check out this one-of-a-kind timepiece. It depicts all 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on the sides of its 18-carat ethical rose gold case and lugs using the champlevé engraving technique. For example, you’ll find the tiger’s head on the crown, and the dragon and snake in the spaces between the lugs. It took one of Chopard’s artisans 210 hours to decorate the case alone.

The solid gold dial and bezel are hand-engraved with traditional ornamental motifs found in Chinese temples. Its complications include a perpetual calendar and tourbillon powered by a hand-wound L.U.C 02.15-L calibre with a 9-day power reserve. It’s both C.O.S.C and Poinçon de Genève-certified to boot. Better hurry if you want this particular watch—it’s limited to one piece, and exclusively available in Chopard boutiques.

 

Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959

Panerai sails through this year’s SIHH with new takes on its iconic Submersible model. This year, the Italian watch manufacturer best known for creating military-grade timepieces contrasts a subdued color story with playing with various materials for its best-selling dive watch.

Here are some of the highlights unveiled at Geneva:

Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959

Panerai Submersible PAM00959

Bigger doesn’t always mean better: The PAM 00959 stands out from the group thanks to its being a 42mm in a collection full of 47mm diameters, with the decrease in size designed to be more wearable for smaller wrists. The blue ceramic bezel, complemented by a blue rubber dial, pops against the brushed steel case, with a dial inspired by shark skin. Powered by the OP XXXIV calibre, this piece—water resistant to 300m—may be diminutive, but performs just as well as the big boys. Sick of blue? The PAM00959 also comes in sleek black.

Panerai BMG-TECH PAM00799

Panerai BMG-TECH™ PAM00799

How does one actually make a Submersible better? Here’s one way: integrate a brand-new, patented material. One of the many products of Panerai’s spirit of innovation, BMG-TECH™ is a bulk metallic glass, made to withstand the elements with its heightened resistance to corrosion, external shock, and magnetic fields, making it an ideal case material for watches made for an active Paneristi lifestyle. Inside, this sleek stunner features an automatic P.9010 Panerai-made calibre, a rubber strap, three-day power reserve, and is, of course, water resistant to 300m.

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Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa PAM01039

After becoming the official sponsor of Luna Rossa Challenge, Panerai created a watch inspired by materials used on the Italian sailing team’s boat. The carbotech case, which houses a P.9010 calibre, echoes the material used on the hull of the Luna Rossa’s AC75. The caseback showcases the yacht, along with the team’s logo and the America’s Cup profile. Another wonderful detail is in the textured dial, which features actual pieces of the Luna Rossa sail.

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Panerai Submersible Guillame Néry Edition PAM00983

If you’re someone who loves free-diving, this edition might be calling your name. Inspired by free-diving champion and world record-breaker Guillaume Néry, this edition features a unique, commemorative engraving of Néry’s signature, along with his final record (126 meters). It’s also important to note that this particular black and turquoise model, of which only 15 pieces were made, boasts of a titanium case coated with a layer of Diamond-Like-Carbon—making it all the more resistant to scratches—a luminous blue dial, chronograph, and P.9100 calibre. Oh, and one more thing: each buyer will be given the exclusive opportunity to dive with Néry himself.

Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00984 Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00984 caseback

Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00984

Inspired by legendary explorer, Panerai ambassador, and environmentalist Mike Horn, this Submersible was inspired by the adventurer’s own sense of sustainability and environmental responsibility. With the case made from EcoTitanium™—made from recycled titanium—and the strap made from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the manufacture strove to minimize its impact on the environment without compromising quality. Limited to 19 pieces, purchasing this piece also offers its owners the unique opportunity to train with Horn in the Arctic.

Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech PAM00961 Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech PAM00961 caseback

Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech™ PAM00961

We’ll cut to the chase with this one. Like the two previous watches, this watch also gives its 33 owners a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Brushing shoulders with the Comsubin, the diving and commando group of the Italian Navy, during a unique and exclusive training session. As for the watch itself? It’s as tough as the unit that inspired it: a carbotech case houses an automatic P.9010 calibre, while an engraved titanium caseback displays the unit’s emblem. A beautiful camouflage-inspired dial complements the army green strap.

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Watch brands are proud of their heritage, and what better way to showcase that by creating new timepieces that take literal inspiration from history?

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’ historical watches

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’

Named after Austrian watchmaker Josef Pallweber, who licensed his patented invention to IWC, this is one of the most iconic pocket watches the brand has ever produced. Although other Swiss manufacturers have the license to the invention, it is IWC’s take on it that is the most widely known.

For its 150th anniversary, IWC has revived the Pallweber pocket watch in the form of a wrist watch. The 45mm case, similar in size to its predecessor, caters to the modern appeal of large watches. Its most noticeable feature is the iconic digital display, whose jumping numerals’ smooth movements are made possible by the in-house caliber 94200.

Longines Legend Diver historical watches

Longines Legend Diver

The name says it all: The Longines Legend Diver is regarded as Longines’ best-selling heritage model, and for good reason. Based on the Longines Nautilus Skin Diver from the 1950s, both sport the iconic Super Compressor which features two crowns on the right side of the case, reminiscent of early divers’ watches.

Other familiar features include an internal bezel, and elongated minute and hour markers on the dial for increased legibility. Longines went as far as to put a faux patina on the luminous markers to recreate the look of a vintage Skin Diver. Not every feature was an aesthetic consideration, however; it now boasts of improved water resistance, rated up to 300 meters, and features a date window is added for functionality.

Panerai Radiomir PAM00687 historical watches

Panerai Radiomir PAM00687

With the yellow to orange gradient on the dial, the first impression of this watch is usually a reaction to Panerai’s unusual choice of colors. Looking back at this history of this design, however, reveals a much more serious, somewhat dark subject: the use of radium in watches in the 1920s. A highly radioactive and toxic material that can be fatal to whoever comes in contact with it, it was embedded into now-defunct Panerai-patented luminous paint, which was subsequently applied onto the original Radiomir dials by so-called Radium Girls. After the discovery of the element’s effects on health, Panerai stopped the use of radium.

The current iteration of the Radiomir replicates the aesthetic qualities provided by radium—such as the gradual discoloration caused by radiation on the originally black dial—albeit in a much safer way.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special historical watches

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special

Zenith has nearly a century of experience making pilot’s watches—the first in 1909—and clearly has a firm grasp of what they should be, even manufacturing one for Louis Bleriot when he became the first man to fly across the English Channel. The idea of the pilot’s watch as we know it today, in fact, draws much of its looks and functions from Zenith’s original iterations.

The oversized case and dial, bold Arabic numerals, cathedral hands, and onion crown were all featured in the watch created for Bleriot, inspired by the onboard instruments also manufactured by Zenith. The current Extra Special is an ode to this iconic design that started it all.

Have you ever wondered how the different parts and functions of your watch came to be? Here are some notable brands and figures that have pushed the boundaries of watchmaking.

 

Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days PAM 1312 watch parts

Panerai – Crown Bridge

An external feature you can identify from afar, the crown bridge is a signature Panerai design feature, and is still regarded as one of the most ingenious inventions in watchmaking. Mostly seen on divers’ and pilots’ watches, Panerai’s patented crown bridge has inspired and been reimagined by other companies, which pay homage to the functionality and design of the iconic original.

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Vulcain – Internal Alarm

Only a few watch brands have this interesting, quirky function in their designs. Of these, Vulcain is the least popular, but this watch brand boasts a number of historical and noteworthy novelties—for example, the Presidents watch with the cricket alarm calibre. Though not the first to introduce the concept, Vulcain is credited for being the first to have a fully functional alarm strong and loud enough to wake its wearer.

George Daniels Four-Minute Tourbillon Wristwatch watch parts

George Daniels – Co-Axial Escapement

George Daniels has created some of the most extraordinary and technically advanced watches ever, and the Co-Axial escapement is a testament to his mastery of watchmaking. Daniels redesigned the Swiss lever by adding another escape wheel, resulting in its increased efficiency. It creates less friction, meaning the life of the movement is prolonged due to the absence of wear and tear.

Louis Moinet Memoris Chronograph watch parts

Louis Moinet – Chronograph Function

For years, Nicolas Rieussec was considered the inventor of the chronograph… until 2013 when the Louis Moinet pocket chronograph was discovered and history was rewritten. According to historians, Moinet created the modern chronograph in 1816, seven years before Rieussec famously created a chronograph for King Louis XVIII. Today, Rieussec is credited with developing the first commercialized chronograph and for coining the term.

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 watch parts

Breguet – Tourbillon

Some of the most thought provoking creations in horology came from Abraham-Louis Breguet, and the most exquisite of all is arguably the tourbillon, which acts as a deterrent against the effects of the Earth’s gravitational pull. Since the tourbillon was invented for pocket watches, it ensured that while in a upright position, most likely inside the pocket, the escapement rotates to counteract the positional errors caused by being stuck in the same position. Now that wristwatches are de rigeur, we are the tourbillon, thanks to our constant movements, making the complication a beautiful, albeit less than practical, feature in watches.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch parts

Rolex – Perpetual Winding and Water/Dust Proof Case

Because of all their technical innovations in watchmaking, many of which are still widely used today, Rolex’s reputation is held in high esteem by many watch aficionados. From improving on John Harwood’s original invention of the automatic winding movement which, admittedly, had limitations, to the water/dust proof case, embodied most prominently by the brand’s Oyster. Many features now taken for granted trace their early days back to the Swiss manufacture, thanks to Rolex’ spirit of ingenuity and ability to implement beautiful but practical features in their watches that have made them the most popular watch brand in the world today.

No matter your age, a watch will always be a part of your life: telling time with an (analog) clock is one of the first lessons you were taught in kindergarten, peppered through lessons about the ABCs and 123s; children’s book series always have that one title called “What Time is It?” or something equally charming; and we all remember having that one (probably plastic) watch with our favorite cartoon character emblazoned on the dial.

In this day and age of the smartwatch and the inescapable mobile phone, however, the number of people who live their days by the hour and minute hands on their wrists is slowly getting smaller and smaller.

Admittedly, a working knowledge and fondness for watches is slowly becoming less and less common, but there is a growing group of young watch enthusiasts who have embraced the joys of this art. For their part, watch brands are studying and riding the wave of trends to remain relevant, and this resurgence amongst a younger audience is something we’re ardently championing.

Here’s a selection of timepieces that are up to par with the trends of the new generation.

Panerai Luminor Base Logo millenials

Panerai Luminor Base Logo

With its sleek design and larger cases, Panerai is undoubtedly king of the oversize watch trend. The brand offers timepieces that are more accessible for the young watch enthusiast, so If you’re an aspiring Paneristi, you can’t go wrong with the Luminor Base Logo. It embodies all of brand’s iconic aesthetics: the cushion case, crown bridge and dial all scream Panerai.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII millenials

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII

This flieger style watch has a long-running history, with the first iteration of this watch developed in 1948 for the British Royal Air Force. Aesthetically, the design didn’t go through too many drastic changes, a testament to its timelesness. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is perfect for the wearer who appreciates a sleek take on a historically inspired timepiece from a world renowned brand.

Tudor Black Bay GMT millenials

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Tudor is probably the first brand to be introduced for the purpose of being more accessible to a wider market, positioned as a more affordable option to its sister brand, Rolex. Tudor’s vintage styling, however, allows the brand to step out of its parent company’s shadow. Their most recent release is the Black Bay GMT. Although similar to a vintage Rolex GMT Master, it still features original design cues, like the split bezel color inspired by two iconic Black Bay models from the past.

Longines L2.759.4.78.3 millenials

Longines L2.759.4.78.3

Founded in 1832, Longines is one of the world’s oldest watch brands. Since its acquisition by the The Swatch Group, pioneers in promoting watches to literal children, Longines’ approach has evolved from merely targeting an older, more established audience to creating watches specially designed for young professionals. Their Master Collection, for example, embodies the manufacture’s technical prowess while aesthetically catering to a more youthful market.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris millenials

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris

When you think of Jaeger LeCoultre, the first thing that comes to mind are the classic Reverso watches, more associated with the the older, polo-playing set—or vintage design enthusiasts. With the release of the new Polaris line, however, Jaeger-LeCoultre has rounded out its offerings with a collection ideal for the modern lifestyles. Equal parts sporty and elegant, the Polaris line also has the distinction of being inspired by original designs from 1968.

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