Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Aurel Bacs Reveals Who Bought Paul Newman's Daytona



Aurel Bacs

Reveals Who Bought Paul Newman's Daytona


Italian Rolex aficionado, Pucci Papaleo just published this fascinating video interview in which Aurel Bacs addresses "The Million Dollar Question" or "Who bought Paul Newman's, Paul Newman?", kind of. I have covered the auction of Pual Newman's Daytona extensively and speculated on who bought Paul Newman's Daytona for close to $18 Million. Aurel is a charismatic, intelligent man, and I highly recommend watching his interview.



My only response to this video is below :-)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner



...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...

Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner


Monday, November 20, 2017

Christopher Wray FBI Director








Christopher Wray

FBI Director
36MM Rolex Thunderbird

Christopher Wray assumed office as the director of The FBI several months ago on August 2, 2017. The FBI conducts many investigations in the United States as well an in international territories. The FBI has offices in 60 different foreign countries and employs a total of 35,000 FBI agents. The director of The FBI is considered to be the top cop in the land.



FBI Director Christopher Wray is pictured above and below wearing his Rolex Turn-O-Graph which features a cobalt blue dial with a red second hand.


The photo below is the same model the FBI Director is wearing on his wrist. The Rolex Turn-O-Graph is a Datejust variant that is basically a standard Datejust with an addition of a spinning fluted white gold bezel, that has 10-minute markers.






The video below is from FBI Director, Christopher Wray's Senate Confirmation hearings, and it's absolutely fascinating!!! The whole video is about 4.5 hours long. One of the most interesting details—at least to my way of thinking—is how paranoid the Senators are about giving the Director so much power, as they often bring up how FBI founding director J. Edgar Hoover had and abused his absolute power.










The First Rolex FBI Director

J. Edgar Hoover
The Most Powerful Man In America

Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

Next, we are going to take a look at the founding Director of The Federal Bureau of Investigation, known as the FBI. I have to admit, as we will soon see, this is one of the most bizarre Rolex history love stories I have ever told, but first a little background. J. Edgar Hoover, pictured below, began his career as a clerk in the United States Justice Department, and over time worked his way up the ladder into the Bureau of Investigation. In 1924 he became the director of the Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau of Investigation was the precursor to the FBI, and it specialized in fighting white-collar crime.


In the early days of the FBI, it was comprised of many lawyers and accountants. In the early 1930s, there was a great deal of gangster activity occurring, and J. Edgar Hoover took it upon himself to reinvent the FBI to cope with the interstate crime sprees that were happening in the midwest of the United States. J. Edgar Hoover and his G-Men, as they were called, systematically went after all the gangsters, beginning with John Dillinger, who was known as Public Enemy Number one, and eradicated slowly and methodically wiped them out. This list of Public Enemies included Bonnie & Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, and Pretty Boy Floyd.   



As a result of the massive effort it took to wipe out all the gangsters, J. Edgar Hoover's power became immense. He was extremely methodical in keeping notes about people which would later aid him in staying in power as the Director of The FBI for 48 years, whereupon he served under 8 U.S. Presidents. But that kind of depends on who you talk to. Some would say it was the other way around, and that the Presidents of the United States served his wishes.

Despite not being very physically attractive, J. Edgar Hoover had a powerful aura about him, and in many ways, he was an elegant man. In the photo below I am fairly certain we see J. Edgar Hoover wearing a Cartier Tank Americaine.






Clyde Toslon
Deputy Of the FBI


J. Edgar Hoover was unusual in many ways. He lived with his mother until he was 40 years old. Clyde Tolson was J. Edgar Hoover's right-hand man from 1928-1972, and was appointed Assistant Director of the FBI in 1930 by Hoover. 


J. Edgar Hoover once described Clyde Tolson as his alter ego. Hoover and Tolson rode to and from work together, ate lunch together every day, and vacationed together. They regularly traveled together on official FBI business.



Many people have put forth the idea that J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson were lovers. I don't know this to be a fact, but there is a great deal of evidence to support this. One thing is for certain, and that is they were inseparable and loved and respected each other deeply.


In J. Edgar Hoover's will, he left everything he owned to Clyde Tolson, including his home, which Tolsen moved into until he passed away. The photo below shows Clyde Tolsen attending J. Edgar Hoover's funeral.


At this point, you may be wondering what this has to do with Rolex? According to Walter Cohen:

 "In April 1975, a frail elderly man walked into Milton Schlosser's jewelry shop in Washington DC to have a link removed from his Rolex (Submariner) watch. The polite elderly gentleman left the watch with the shop owner and never returned.  Unbeknownst to Milton Schlosser, the elderly man had died the next day.

It wasn't until 1983, when two FBI agents showed up at his door to inquire about the watch did Schlosser realize who Clyde Tolson was."



The photo above and below of J. Edgar Hoover's purported Rolex Submariner Reference 5513, which has an engraving on the back.



The photo below of the Submariner caseback engraving appears to read, "JEH 40 GREAT YEARS AND COUNTING. MAY 1, 1970. CLYDE". I am not certain, but it really looks like the engraving says "46 years", but I can't tell for certain.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tudor Is Back In Black





Back In Black

The Tudor watch company was founded by Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf back in 1946, and has been making watches ever since. The Tudor concept from the beginning was to make less expensive watches that were in many ways like a Rolex. Several years ago, Tudor changed gears and kind of reinvented itself to make watches that were largely inspired by their vintage watches. In other words, making watches that featured many retro Tudor design details. One of the most popular Tudor models today is the Tudor Black Bay, which is what we are taking a look at in this story.


Tudor Black Bay Bronze
One of A Kind

Sold for $355,000 At Only Watch 2017


The unique left-handed Tudor Black Bay Bronze One pictured below sold at the Only Watch Charity auction for $355,000 back in May of 2017. This set an all-time record for the price of a Tudor Watch at auction.




Tudor seems to have become a hotbed of experimentation for Rolex. Tudor has been doing all kind of things that seem very unRolexy, like offering special Tudor models exclusive to certain retailers. For instance, Revolution just ran a story on Harrods world-famous department store in London will be carrying a special Tudor Black Bay model that features Harrods trademark green color on the bezel, as seen in the two photos below. 


This special edition Tudor Black Back reminds me of the original LV Submariner, but with a gilt dial and matching gold hands. This watch is also offered with a retro riveted Rolex Oyster style bracelet as seen below.


Speaking of Tudor and Limited Special Editions, Tudor made their first special edition for Bucherer, which is a very successful Rolex and Tudor authorized dealer in Switzerland. This model is referred to as The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue, which looks really cool. 





Midnight Blue Tudor Heritage Black Bay
41MM Reference 79220B





Tudor is very popular in Hollywood with many famous actors, and in the photo below we see Will Smith wearing a Tudor Midnight Blue Black Bay.








Tudor Heritage

Black Bay Bronze


Brad Pitt is a huge fan of Rolex and wears many different models. Brad Pitt is pictured below in a photo from the 2017 GQ Style Summer issue, and he is wearing a Bronze Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze watch, which is very cool. This great photo of Brad Pitt is from a GQ Style story named: "Brad Pitt Talks Divorce, Quitting Drinking, and Becoming a Better Man."


Tudor is owned by Rolex, and the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Brad Pitt is wearing in the photo above is pictured below. This watch is very cool and has an updated size of 43MM. Brad is also wearing it on the standard Tudor aged leather strap, which gives it an awesome vintage look. Tudor watches are much less expensive that Rolex watches, and this model retails for only $3,975.

Tom Cruise can be seen in the photo below wearing a Tudor Heritage Chronograph, which is a different model altogether from the Black Bay, but I thought I would include it as it looks very cool. 

I am pretty certain Tudor no longer makes this model anymore, as it was replaced with the new Black Bay Chronograph.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Tesla Roadster




Going Plaid!!!


New Tesla Roadster

0-60MPH in 1.9 Seconds!!!!!

Just yesterday I wrote a story about how much the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf admired American inventor, Thomas Edison. This is ironic, as Elon Musk is not only the Thomas Edison of our time, but also the Henry Ford, and Nikola Tesla—all bundled into one person. 


Tonight, in Southern California, Elon Musk just unveiled the new Tesla Trucks, and surprised everybody by unveiling the upcoming next-generation Tesla Roadster which can do 0-60MPH (97KPH) in 1.9 seconds, making it the faster production car ever made!!! 


Tesla semi-truck next to next-generation Tesla Roadster. Photo appears courtesy of TechCrunch.


Photo of Tesla Roadster appears courtesy of Engadget.






And even crazier, it has a 620 Mile range, achieved by a 200 Kilowatt hour batter, which means it will be able to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back on one charge!!!


A post shared by Tesla (@teslamotors) on




On a side note, the fact the upcoming next-generation Roadster has a 200 Killowat hour battery, that can travel 620 miles before it needs to be recharged, is probably a sign of things to come for the Tesla Model S and Model X, which currently max out at 100 Killowat hours. Basically, this could very well be the death knell for internal combustion engines, assuming a Model S or X Tesla could travel over 600 miles on one charge!




You can watch a replay of Elon Musk's AMAZING Keynote he gave tonight by watching the video below:

I almost forgot!?!! The star of the Tesla Keynote this evening in California was supposed to be the new line of Tesla Semi Trucks, as seen below. These vehicles represent a complete game-changing disruptive technology. 


Basically, in about 10 years there will be no more diesel trucks on the road. Instead, we will see these Tesla Semi Truck driving up and down the highways of the world with complete autonomy. In other words, they drive around and pick up and drop off cargo without even having a human on board. This will make highway driving much safer while significantly reducing freight cost, not to mention it will be much more environmentally friendly as these Tesla trucks will be powered exclusively by solar power generated from sunlight. 




Going Plaid!!!

During Elon Musk's keynote, which can be seen in the video above, he mentions how the only speed beyond Ludicrous is Going Plaid, which you get to witness yourself in the video below.


Going Plaid is a reference to the movie Spaceballs, which was a Mel Brooks parody of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Going Plaid is a play on Hyperspace. 


Now that I think about it, we are living in a fascinating time where many things are going plaid so to speak. Beyond the Tesla, there was the recent release of the iPhone X, not to mention Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona selling for close to $18 Million, which was definitely a great example of something Going Plaid!!!
 
Now that I really think about it, Sir Jackie Stewart comes to mind when I think about Going Plaid and Super-fast cars.






Rolex and Cinema



Rolex and Cinema





I was just visiting Rolex.com and noticed on the front page there was a banner for a Rolex and Cinema microsite, so I clicked on it, and noticed the video below is live. Why is this strange? After Rolex announced they were sponsoring the Academy Awards earlier this year I wrote a detailed history of Rolex @ Academy Awards. 


A month or so, after I covered the Oscars, I noticed the video above was not available on YouTube, as it said the video was private, so I assumed they were only airing it for a limited period of time. BTW, I did a detailed analysis of this video, to figure out who all the characters were, which was fascinating!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hans Wilsdorf Founder Of Rolex 1946 Rolex Jubilee Magazine Ad




Hans Wilsdorf
Founder Of Rolex
1946 Rolex Jubilee Magazine Ad

The Supremacy Of The Wristlet Watch

This Rolex Magazine advertisement from 1946 offers fascinating insight into the history of the Founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. Basically, in this ad, Rolex tells the story of how Hans Wilsdorf invested everything he had in the belief that the wrist-watch would overtake the pocket-watch. 

It is absolutely fascinating to learn how inspired Rolex Founder, Hans Wilsdorf was, by the American inventor, Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison is one of my heroes, as he was one of the most innovative businessmen and inventors in history!!! My favorite Thomas Edison quote is:

"There is a way to do it better—find it!!!" 
—Thomas Edison




I would also like to point out that the Rolex magazine ad from 1946 at the top of this story articulates and confirms perfectly a myth that has been correctly perpetuated for at least a decade. In other words, many, many people have passed along this story about how men wearing 'wristlets' was so unfashionable, and considered to be effeminate. This ad is super-profound as it spells out and thus confirms the story perfectly, word-for-word. It is also worth pointing out that Hans Wilsdorf was not only alive when this was published, but likely provided the ghost-writing behind it!









The Original 1945 Rolex Pre-Datejust
The Design Ethos Of Every Modern Rolex

It is amazing how timeless the original Rolex Date from 1945 is!!! Notice it lacks the Datejust designation on the dial and has no cyclops-lens on the crystal. This model was an absolute game-changer in every way, and I believe this watch represents the absolute design ethos of every modern Rolex. This includes the modern Datejust, Day-Date, Submariner, GMT-Master, Daytona, Explorer, Air-King–you name it, it all began with this harbinger.


...Everything Considered Classic Today Was Once Considered To Me Modern...



This was the first watch in the world to ad a date-window complication and Rolex introduced the Jubilee Bracelet in 1945 on this model. The reason it's named the Jubilee Bracelet is the 40th anniversary (in marriage parlance/nomenclature) is typically referred to as The Ruby Jubilee, just as the 25th is referred to as The Silver Anniversary and the 50 Anniversary is referred to as The Golden Anniversary. I also believe it was the first Rolex watch to feature solid end links.





Thomas Edison

Founder Of General Electric

As we saw in the 1945 Rolex advertisement at the top of this story, Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf was extremely inspired by Thomas Edison's amazing career achievements.

Thomas Edison is considered by many to be the greatest inventor of all-time. He invented the modern electric light bulb, the record-player, stock-ticker tape, the motion picture camera, Mechanical Vote Recorder, as well as the battery for an electric car!!! Edison was also the first person to electrify a city, which was New York.

Thomas Edison held 1,093 U.S. Patents in his name, as well as international patents in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. 


The Thomas Edison documentary goes into great detail on many of Edison's amazing lifetime achievements:




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

YACHT-MASTER 18KT Everose Gold



...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...


YACHT-MASTER

40MM: 18KT Everose Gold


I have to admit that when I first saw this new Rolex Everose YACHT-MASTER, It did not appeal to me very much. It almost seemed weird looking, but lately, it has been growing on me. I think it has something to do with the fact the Rolex logo and chapter ring has a gilt dial look or something like that. In the future, I plan to write more about it, but I thought I would share this image for now.





Monday, November 13, 2017

Friedrich Gulda's Tangerine Dream Day-Date...



...One Of The Greatest Pianists That Ever Lived...


Friedrich Gulda
1930-2000


Friedrich Gulda is considered to be one of the greatest pianists in history. His unconventional style gained him many accolades as well as criticism. He was known for his amazing interpretations of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Shubert. He was also known for his eccentric behavior that defied convention. In 1999, a year before he actually died, he faked his own death and later said he did so because he wanted to see what the media would write about him.




Friedrich Gulda began his piano career as a classical pianist, but he tended to stray and would improvise. This resulted in him being nicknamed by some as "The Terrorist Pianist". I always perceived him as being almost the Jerry Lee Lewis pianist of classical music. This video below was shot back in 1964, and showcases Gulda's amazing classical piano abilities, as he plays Bach.





Light My Fire


Later in Friedrich's career, he was considered to be the cross-over maverick of his age, as he got into playing jazz piano. In this next video—shot in 1989—Friedrich plays, a radical version of Light My Fire (By The Doors) which was one of his favorite songs. Notice he is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Tangerine-Dream Day-Date. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!





Tangerine Dream Day-Date




The photos of the Orange Sherbert Dial Rolex Day-Date seen above are the actual watch that was owned by Friedrich Gulda as seen on his wrist in the photo below.



I have said in the past I believe many Rolex watches are high art, and this Tangerine Dream is no exception. It is so unusual and it reminds me of tangerines and a burst of sunshine. I think it is fascinating.






Night & Day

Here is a video you can watch of Friedrich Gulda playing live with Herbie Hancock and in the video you can see him wearing his Tangerine Day-Date. This is just amazing!!!!!



Here is another performance on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, with Gulda sporting his Rolex. It is amazing how talented he was!!!!!!!







Amazing Documentary

Below is an incredible documentary on Friedrich Gulda's life and career achievements which explored and spanned so many different musical genres...as a piano playing Larry David ;-). It has English subtitles and offers fascinating insight into his personality and highly experimental career, as well as his many transformations.

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