Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rolex USA CEO Allen Brill Passed Away ...

Another Rolex President Belongs To The Ages
Allen Brill Passes Away

Allen Brill, President & CEO or Rolex Watch USA now belongs to the ages as he passed away from lung cancer on November 27, 2010. Allen Brill was diagnosed with lung-cancer just six weeks ago.

Allen Brill joined Rolex in 1978 and started as an area sales manager, and in 1999 became the executive Vice-President. In 2004 he was promoted to and replaced Walter Fischer as President & CEO. Allen Brill was 64 years old and worked and resided in New York City.

Rolex USA CEO, Allen Brill is pictured less than a year ago (on the right) at the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona with racing legend Vic Elford. Wow. He looked so alive less than a year ago. It just goes to show, how fragile life is...

Allen Brill is picture below with Anka Palitz, and Fay Fendi in 2007. (Photo by Linda Lenzi)

On behalf of the readership of Jake's Rolex World, I would like to offer our condolences to Allen Brill's family, as well as his extended family at Rolex USA, and Rolex Geneva. We know he achieved great success for Rolex and know he will be fondly missed.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Jake

Happy Thanksgiving from Jake!!!

Hi everybody!!!

It is hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving again on Jake's Rolex World!!!

I am very excited and have a very special story to share with you over this Thanksgiving weekend. This weekend I will be publishing a story I have been working on researching for years, and it is named "The Hans Wilsdorf Story." Hans Wilsdorf was the founder of Rolex and made it into a world-class company. So stay tuned, for what is perhaps the greatest Rolex History story of all-time!!!!

"The First Thanksgiving" painting by Jean Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it gives us a chance to pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be able to experience this amazing miracle, known as life, on this spinning marble we all share–named Earth.

Of course I realize Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, but I believe it's as timeless and universal as a sunset or a smile :-)))

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Warmest regards,


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lunatik Case for Apple iPod Nano

Lunatik Case for Apple iPod Nano

As many of you know, I am not only a design fanatic, but I am also the CEO and designer for BulletTrain.com which makes some very innovative accessories for the Apple iPad and the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad.

A reader of Jake's Rolex World and he sent in this email today:

Hi Jake,

I know you’re into great designs, check out this little gem being developed for the new iPod Nano.


I’ve pledged to secure my Lunatik and I can’t wait to receive it.

Kind regards


Here is my response:

Hi Perry,

I am familiar with the Lunatik, and saw their video earlier this week.

Maybe I am slow or just missing something, but can you please tell me why in the world you would want to wear an iPod Nano on you wrist?

It just does not make any sense to me and here is why:

First and foremost, the iPod Nano has no Bluetooth, so if you want to listen to music you have to have the headphone jack plug in your watch on your wrist!?!?!? This makes zero sense and strikes me as being extremely uncomfortable and it would ALWAYS get in the way.

The Nano does not play video, or have a phone or do anything except play music, or maybe play a slideshow, so what is the advantage of having it on your wrist?

Plus, if you want to see what time it is, you have to push a button to turn on the screen. This defeats the "at-a-glance" nature of wearing a wrist-watch.

Also, you have to recharge it all the time. The whole point of having an automatic watch is you don't have to wind it, and a quartz watch only needs to have its battery replaced every 5 years, but having a watch you have to plug-in every few days seems highly non-sensical to me.

It strikes me that the Lunatik is perfectly named in the sense you almost have to be one to waste your money on its novel design. In my opinion, from what I can tell so far, this product is a shining example of "design for design sake" which makes no sense to me. It's like putting a Cadillac medallion on the front of a Mercedes, or wearing ski gloves on the beach in Tahiti.

Speaking of the beach in Tahiti, another challenge is that the iPad Nano is not waterproof, so if you get it wet, it could ruin it.

Of course, as a designer, I am open-minded and realize, I might have this completely backwards, so please enlighten me as to why you or anybody would want to wear an iPod Nano on their wrist?

Warmest regards,


So if anybody wants to school me on what I am missing here, please do so in the comments or send me an email. Of course it is impressive they have already raised a quarter of a million dollars, when their goal was to raise only $15,000.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Beatles Finally Make It Onto iTunes!!!

The Beatles Finally Make It Onto iTunes!!!
+Beatles First American Concert
Twist & Shout!!!!

Finally!!!! What took so long!?!? It is good to see the Beatles finally landed in the Apple iTunes Store!!! So seeing the all new Camaro Convertible which is based on the 1969 Camaro Convertible, and the Beatles in iTunes–it's Deja vu all over again!!!

To celebrate the Beatles coming to iTunes, Apple is sharing a FREE historic online Beatles concert, which is actually their first American concert, filmed live in Washington, D.C. on February 11, 1964. This amazing historic concert really gives you a powerful glimpse into the Beatles, magic, ethos and origins. Talk about history in the making!!!!!! What a treat!!!!!!!!! Go John, Paul, Ringo and George!!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rolex Comparison Shot Of The Day: Duke's Midnight and Polar Rolex Explorer 2 Models

Rolex Comparison Shot Of The Day
Duke's Midnight and Polar Rolex Explorer 2 Models

Friday, November 05, 2010

Rolex UnderWater Shot of the Day Klaus Rolex Submariner

Rolex UnderWater Shot of the Day
Klaus Rolex Submariner

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: Tudor Heritage Chrono Up Close

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Tudor Heritage Chrono Up Close

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Argentina Says Goodbye To A Rolex President Nester Kirchner Passes Away 1950-2010

Argentina Says Goodbye To A Rolex President
Nester Kirchner Passes Away

Nestor Kirchner, was elected President of Argentina in 2003, and served in that post until 2007. Nestor Kirchner suffered from a heart-attach and passed away last week on October 27, 2010, at age 60. As you can see in the 2007 photo below, Nestor Kirchner wore a two-tone Rolex Datjeust.

Nestor Kirchner's wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is the current President of Argentina and she is seen praying below in front of her husbands coffin, during his wake at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 28, 2010. Cristina Fernandex de Kirchner is seen below wearing he trademark yellow gold ladies Rolex Datejust, which many refer to as a ladies Rolex President since it looks like a smaller version of the men's Rolex Day-Date model. Image appears courtesy of Reuters/Argentine Presidency.

In the next photo we see current Argentinian President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sitting in front of her husbands coffin at his wake in the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 28, 2010. She is surrounded by many Latin American leaders mouring Nestor Kirchner's passing. Image appears courtesy of AFP/Getty Images.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: A Minty Italian White Gold Daytona

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
A Minty Italian White Gold Daytona Dial

Roberto from Italy takes some of the most interesting Rolex photos, and he never ceases to impress with his unusual combinations, like this aqua-green NATO on a stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a diamond dial that would typically be found on a White Gold Daytona.