Aaron Judge knows a new contract means a new Mega watch
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Well, looks like we know where some of the money from that new one is 9-year contract worth 360 million USD go. Aaron Judge didn’t wait to get his hands on a new watch—and he wore it to the press conference to formalize his new deal. Safe to say the new piece of slugger is a home—just kidding. Don’t joke around when discussing this version of the Daytona, nicknamed “Tiger’s Eye”.
Judge’s “Eye of the Tiger” was first released in 2019, during the height of Daytona-mania. Just a year and a half after Paul Newman’s Daytona sold for a record, Rolex has really highlighted this hot model. The brand quietly released a version of the work with a orange mother-of-pearl and sapphire dials, and another with leopard-spotted dials. Then there’s the iteration of the Judge—36 diamonds around the bezel…and another 243 (!) on the dial that creates that tiger stripe pattern. Despite all of that, Rolex went ahead and put the watch on its rubber Oysterflex bracelet, a reminder that this is still a sport watch, just a little embellished. I wonder if this is considered a joke in Geneva?
When baseball returns to New York, it just means that great watches will come with it. In Flushing, the Mets have their own collection of Class A watches in Francisco Lindor, who owns Royal Oak and Pateks casual pants. Even Yankees captain Aaron Boone got in on the action with some great pieces from Oris this year. As contracts continue to grow — the Mets are showing off their best impressions of the Yankees Steinbrenner era at the end of the year — expect the watches to glow accordingly. Now, we have Judge and his amazing masterpiece.
Emmanuel Macron’s Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Blue Steel
I know I had a problem last Sunday. I could say I was watching the greatest World Cup final of all time. After each Mbappé magic trick, the camera would switch to French President Macron, his white shirt sleeves rolled up, and I would think: Huh, I wonder what watch he’s wearing! The answer is that Bell & Ross is very handsome. The watch is a simpler model of the brand, often playing with a fun square case. However, it maintains B&R’s aviation roots with large legible numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
Rolex Daytona by Angel Di Maria
Talk about World Cup clocks! What does Argentine hero Di María wear we see most of the champions wear: a Rolex. He went home to celebrate Argentina’s victory and wore one of the Crown’s most coveted watches, the black and white “Panda” dial Daytona. (Here’s a better look at it, besides the trophy.) This is the tried and true holy grail for Judge’s diamond performer.
HYT 5 by Robert Downey Jr.
HYT by Downey Jr. uses a bold new method to see the time: goo. The green liquid moves around the outer edge of the watch to mark the hours. For HYT, a brand use clocks to make us think differently about our daysThis process of seeing the time is intended to help the wearer visualize Flow of time. Also useful in marking the passage of time? Downey Jr. turned into Downey Jr. bald (for a TV role).
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak by Kyle Lowry
AP is in its green period. For the 50th anniversary collection, the brand used many shades of blue—from navy to baby-to celebrate. After removing the black and white ceramic watch versions, Audemars launched a product with eye-catching blueberry color This year. The brand ended 2022 with this one-of-a-kind sapphire bomb Royal Oak edition. We saw it recently on LeBron James’ wrist—and now, paired with Messi’s Lowry jersey.