Thursday, September 30, 2021

Sylvester Stallone: Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite Dial



 
STALLONE INTERVIEWED

BY HIS DAUGHTERS 

A METEORITE-DIAL GMT ON HIS WRIST






By Capt. Danny Crivello


This week Sophia and Sistine Stallone interviewed their dad to mark the 50th episode of their podcast "Unwaxed." From his childhood, career, raising daughters, the episode shows a different, funnier, softer side of Sly, who was rocking his Rolex meteorite-dial, Pepsi-bezel GMT-Master II.









Sylvester Stallone is a big Rolex fan; he has been spotted wearing a yellow gold Submariner, a Deep Sea Sea-Dweller and a white-gold Pepsi GMT-Master among many watches. Below, a younger Sly is rocking a Sub ref. 1680. 



Check out the full interview with his daughters below.



Wednesday, September 29, 2021

If James Bond Wore a Rolex... Again









By Capt. DANNY CRIVELLO

           
"No Time to Die," the latest James Bond movie and Daniel Craig's last outing as a Mi-6 agent, premiered Tuesday at London's Royal Albert Hall, a world premiere that was attended even by the Royal Family. 

To be sure, the 007 types "with easy smiles and expensive watches" have been rocking Omegas since the Pierce Brosnan days, but please indulge me: let's say you've been hired as the new wardrobe supervisor for the franchise, and Daniel Craig needs a new watch for his last portrayal of the famed British spy. We are in a parallel universe here, and Omega no longer has the exclusivity.

The movie director agrees to Rolex, but there is a caveat: You can't use the obvious, safe choice, which is the Submariner, the model that has adorned the wrists of the very first and very last Rolex-wearing 007, Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. So here are my top-three Rolex picks.






FAST-DRIVING JAMES BOND 

It doesn't have to be a diver; after all, Ian Fleming, you are reminded, wore a Rolex Explorer. And Daniel Craig in recent 007 movies wore an Aqua Terra, which feels more Datejust than Sub. Besides, James Bond has spent more time behind the wheel of a high-performance car than under water. 

Whether at the casino or at an embassy party while wearing Bond's signature white tuxedo, the Cosmograph Daytona on the wrist of 007 is a class of its own: waterproof to 100 meters, yet equipped with a steel bracelet with polished center linksan easy transition from wet suit to tuxedo. The Daytona remains an icon 50 years after its creation and should be a strong contender for this iconic, fast-driving spy.






TACTICAL JAMES BOND

The Yachtmaster 42 in white gold brings class and sport in one watch—James Bond in a nutshell. 

The broad hands and hour markers are filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting glow, offering exceptional legibility for those low-light tactical operations thanks to its Chromalight display. 

The watch is waterproof to 100 meters, and its bi-directional bezel could help the secret agent time a dive or detonation, while the black Oysterflex with Glidelock clasp is robust and comfortable both under the cuff and above the wet suit. For extra lightness, "Q" would suggest the Rolex prototype version in titanium instead.






RUGGED JAMES BOND

Whether on a trip home to Skyfall, in the highlands of Scotland, or skiing down the slopes of Tyrol, Austria, the Explorer II with its GMT complication is the perfect fit for this tough-living, globe-trotting spy who straddles time zones. Besides its legible orange GMT hand, the watch's movement is fitted with Paraflex shock absorbers, offering greater resistance to shocks and extreme conditions if fist-fighting with villains' henchmen. A cosmopolitan, resistant luxury watch engineered for a traveling action-packed spy.

Did I miss the mark? What modern Rolex would you see on James Bond's wrist? Let me know via Twitter or Instagram.




Tuesday, September 28, 2021

PROJECT X DESIGNS PXD SS1: Customized Rolex LV Submariner


Rolex Coolness: Daniel Craig

The Royal Hunt of the Sun

PROJECT X DESIGNS

PXD SS1 Limited Edition

Customized Original 50th Anniversary Rolex LV Submariner

Daniel Craig is a big Rolex fan. In the photo below he is wearing his PROJECT X DESIGNS Customized Original 50th Anniversary Rolex LV Submariner.


Many people argue that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond, and that is saying a lot since he is following in the footsteps of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. In any case, you can always learn about all the watches James Bond actors have worn which I covered in my series named "The Complete History Of James Bond Watches: The Definitive Series," which begins with Ian Flemming and Cary Grant, and goes onto Sean Connery, and walks you through step by step, all the way to the present, with Daniel Craig.


Daniel Craig is sporting a copy of "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," which is a play written in 1964 by Peter Shaffer that is about the destruction of the Inca empire by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro.


The PROJECT X DESIGNS customized LV Submariner that Daniel Craig is wearing is no longer available because they only made 24 of them, and they sold out quickly. It has its crown guards removed to give it a vintage big-crown look, as well as the Cyclops date magnifier removed.



In the future, I have much more exciting news and James Bond history coming up regarding James Bond and Rolex, so stay tuned!!!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Perpetual Planet



Perpetual Planet


Rolex just dropped this AMAZING new video that showcases their historical and current commitment to exploration and conservation of the only home we've ever known...




Sunday, September 26, 2021

Paul Newman's Daytona: Rolex Holy Grail Makes First Public Appearance


Paul Newman's Daytona


Rolex Holy Grail 


Makes First Public Appearance


Nick Gould pointed out the first photo of Paul Newman's legendary Daytona [Reference 6239] out in the wild, and it was being showcased at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in a display case as seen below! The picture was snapped by @vikavickyvictoria who is Editor of JCKMagazine which she published on Instagram.




The description below the watch reads:

Private collection

Made available thanks to the support of Rolex

As Mr. Spock would say: "Fascinating Captain!?!!"











Saturday, September 25, 2021

What does the Beverly Hills Cop think about the PLAID Tesla?

 

What does the Beverly Hills Cop 

Think about the PLAID Tesla?


I just debuted this new episode of the JAKEeSHOW on Jake's Tesla World and it's very cool. This episode features Eddy Murphy who is a huge Rolex President collector. My next JAKEeSHOW video I am working on will be on the Titanium Yacht-Master so stay tuned, and enjoy!!!



Speaking of Eddie Murphy and Rolex we see him rocking his Rolex Day-Date below in 1983 on the set of Saturday Night Live around the same time he was shooting Beverly Hills Copy which is featured in my video above.




Friday, September 24, 2021

Rolex Explorer II at 14,600 feet

 

...Rolex Action Photo of the Day...


Climate Scientist Adjusts Weather Station


Dr. Perry stands on Tupungatito Volcano—at 14,600 feet—to adjust a weather station, his trusty Rolex Explorer II on the wrist. With the installation of the weather station, scientists will have a window into atmospheric processes in the high Chilean Andes.

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sir Ben Ainslie: Yacht-Master 42 in Titanium




...THE RETURN OF THE TOOL WATCH...



A Stealth Rolex Prototype 


Hiding in Plain Sight





Yacht-Master 42 in Titanium





FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER


ROLEX MAKES A TITANIUM WATCH


By Capt. DANNY CRIVELLO


There is a famous story about André Heiniger, the CEO of Rolex from 1962 to 1992. He was once asked by a friend how things were faring in the watch business. "I have no idea," Heiniger quickly replied. "Rolex is not in the watch business. We are a luxury business."


Indeed, Rolex is well known today for being a luxury brand rather than the watchmaker of choice for the adventurers, divers, pilots and astronauts who are profiled in these pages. The introduction of the Explorer in steel and yellow gold this year is the brand's latest example of firmly claiming the luxury space regardless of history.


Sir Ben Ainslie rocking his Titanium Yacht-Master




So it's highly unusual for Rolex to take an existing model like the Yacht-Master 42 and revamp it to drastically eschew all manner of luxury, making it more dull, less complicated and with a thinner strap—all for pure practical sake. 


What is even more unusual for Rolex is to request a new model to be tested by professionals in real-world conditions before its introduction to the public. This is COMEX-level watch development: In the 1970s, Rolex asked a French diving company to help perfect its Submariners and Sea-Dwellers watches by taking them on real-world dives and saturations. 







In creating a watch especially designed for the most competitive regattas, Rolex approached the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, and asked him to take the watch on real races, like the America's Cup or the SailGP. 

Actual pictures of Rolex's first titanium watch are hard to come by. I've requested more pictures from Rolex, and Rolex politely responded: "We do not wish to communicate more about this model than what we already have." The cynics will call it pure marketing genius; I call it a laser-beam focus on engineering the next tool watch.




This is the first time Rolex has created a watch with a titanium case. Breitling, Omega, Grand Seiko, IWC and even Richard Mille have done it. Vacheron Constantin announced a titanium model just this week. Of course, the Pelagos from Rolex's sister company Tudor is in titanium. The lightness of a titanium case is sometimes a turnoff for customers, who equate heft with luxury.







In 2019, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Rolex at Baselworld for what turned out to be the last Baselworld. I had Rolex's first appointment on the first day reserved for the press. So I was essentially the first one to try on the white-gold Yacht-Master 42 and report about it.




The combination of perfect lighting in the Rolex press room, the brilliance and sparkle of the white gold from the case, and the piece's slightly increased size gave it an undeniable aura. Its unexpected heft added to the experience, as my brain was still trying to compute how a steel-looking watch equipped with a rubber strap can pack so much mass. 


Compared to steel, titanium lacks the heft, the luster and is arguably less attractive while it is more expensive to produce. It doesn’t take to polish as well as steel either, which is why you often see titanium watches with matte or blasted finishes.




This new Yacht-Master 42 case is in "anthracite grey," according to Rolex, with a matte finish. In short, it stands at the diametrical opposite of fire emoji on the Instagram wrist-shot spectrum. 


Then Rolex removes the date complication and puts it on a black NATO.


Pardon, vous pouvez répéter ?


Rolex never develops a watch to then downgrade the complication years later. To be sure, the brand offers the Submariner and the Submariner Date. But the date version of a model tends to succeed the no-date version, not the other way around. Here Rolex decided to de-complicate the Yacht-Master 42 and make it as simple as possible, improving the symetry and legibility of the dial. The movement on this new Yacht-Master, Rolex said, is its latest: the 3230 introduced in 2020.




Still, with this new Yacht-Master, Rolex has reclaimed its roots as a tool watchmaker: the watch is made of a metal that weighs around half as much as stainless steel. Pound-for-pound, titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any known metal. And for the first time, a Rolex NATO is provided with the watch, keeping it secure in case of spring bar failure. The NATO, according to Rolex, combines Cordura with "high-performance elastomer." The NATO has a Velcro, which allows for easy adjustment whether on the wrist or over technical clothing. 

I reached out to Sir Ainslie and he told me he never takes his titanium watch off, which might be the lightest Rolex has ever made. "Every little bit of weight that we can save helps us to go faster," Sir Ainslie said. 

"Best watch I've ever worn, says it all," he finally told me. 













One more thing... 

When I discussed the article with Jake, he said that the lack of a date complication on the Yacht-Master in titanium gave it a vintage tool-watch vibe. Then he added: "Do you know what this looks hearkens to? A Mil-Sub." He is right!






1968 Rolex Ad: No-Date Sub and Sailing





1977 America's Cup Sailing Rolex Ad





Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping...


Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping

Pushing the Boundaries of Achievement


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Laver Cup 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas






LAVER CUP 2021

Boston, Massachusetts 


 


By Capt. DANNY CRIVELLO
     
The Laver Cup is underway this weekend, from Sept. 24th through the 26th. The tennis tournament was created in 2017 by Roger Federer who approached Rolex to sponsor the championship. It was named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver who is also a Rolex brand ambassador.




The Laver Cup is like nothing else: it pits Europe against the rest of the world and includes other tennis legends like Björn Borg, the team captain for Europe, and John McEnroe, the World Team captain. It is fun to see so many tennis stars on one stage… like Stefanos Tsitsipas.





STEFANOS TSITSIPAS


A new generation of tennis players have carried on the perpetual torch of Rolex. Rod Laver, Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Roger Federer—all have kept the time of their lives with a Rolex on their wrists. Now the next generation is here, including 23-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is the highest ranked Greek tennis player in history.










Tsitsipas is the second youngest player ranked in the ATP top 10, and currently has a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history. Tsitsipas was the champion at the 2019 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years. He has won seven ATP singles titles.




He arrived in Boston this week to get ready for the Laver Cup... by throwing a football on the Harvard University campus, a Rolex Cellini moonphase on his wrist, an unusual sight as he is always spotted with a white-dial, ceramic Daytona.








At 6-foot-4 (1.93m), Tsitsipas is often nicknamed the Greek God by his fans, especially female fans, because of his striking features. His father is Greek and his mother is Russian of partial Greek descent. Both of his parents are experienced tennis players. His mother was a world No. 1 junior who had a career-high professional ranking inside the top 200 and represented the Soviet Union in the Federation Cup.
 



His parents had been working as tennis instructors at the Astir Palace resort hotel in Vouliagmeni at the time of Stefanos' birth. They originally met at a WTA tournament in Athens where his mother was competing and his father was a line judge.








He will play at the Laver Cup this weekend as part of Team Europe, being captained by über-Rolex Testimonee Roger Federer. But his long-time pal Djokovic will be absent from the team. 








...Rolex Super-Coolness...


ROD LAVER

Australian Tennis Legend

Yellow Gold Datejust

Special Burled Madrone Wood Dial

36mm Reference 16018


Rolex has published a Rod Laver profile on the "Every Rolex Tells A Story" gallery on Rolex.com. Being a tennis player and huge professional tennis fan, over the past decade I have written many stories about Rolex and tennis, and I have been meaning to write a piece about Rod Laver, so here it is:

Rod Laver is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players in history with an unmatched record he holds to date of having won 200 singles titles. Laver was a dynamic player that excelled on all court surfaces including hard, grass, clay, carpet and wood/parquet.


He began his amateur tennis career being ranked at Number 1 from 1961 to 1962.  From 1964 to 1970, he was ranked as the number one tennis player in the world, which spanned four years prior and three years after the beginning of the Open Era in 1968. 



I have to admit, I am totally fascinated with Rod Laver's yellow gold Rolex Datejust he is wearing in these official Rolex photos. As far as I know, Rolex no longer makes burled wood dials, which is a big mistake in my opinion. In the 1970s through the 1990s Rolex made these wood-based dials with applied yellow gold indexes, that were magnificent. Each wood dial is unique and has a very warm vintage look. 



In 1981, Rod Laver purchased his yellow gold Datejust which was the same year he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. What a cool guy, and what a cool Rolex!!!!




The 1979 Rolex ad seen below is from my Vintage Rolex Christmas Story and shows a yellow gold Day-Date with a similar dial. Rolex refers to this wood as being from a Madrone tree which is an evergreen tree belonging to the genus Arbutus, which grows in North America and Canada, as well as in Europe, and are known for their pale reddish-brown wood.