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Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and John Mayer is also joining the festivities. To celebrate, AP has released a brand new collection based on its timeless Royal Oak design, adding all sorts of fun bells and whistles just right for a birthday party of this size.
Much of the Royal Oak’s success can be attributed to the way the details are designed: perfectly weighted “bathtub” hour markers, beautiful dial design, an almost beloved bracelet. However, for its 50th anniversary, AP has put details aside and gone big, releasing statement-making versions of the Royal Oak with tourbillons, special edition dials and open dials.
A rep for the brand has confirmed that Mayer has created a special edition from the 50th anniversary collection with a tourbillon and a sandblasted dial. Obviously it looks cool, but it’s also have some meaning: The Royal Oak comes almost exclusively with what the brand calls a “Tappisserie style” dial, that famous embossed square design. The sandblasting effect here makes it immediately obvious that this isn’t just any Royal Oak. This isn’t Mayer’s first Royal Oak special edition to feature a tourbillon – he also owns one in rose gold. He explains why he loves a tourbillon in one video with Hodinkee in 2019. “I like a tourbillon because it’s a bunch of tech to be a wall clock,” he said. “It does nothing more than tell you the hours and minutes, but that process is a Rube Goldberg device. I love it.” Also lovely this week: Jimmy Butler, NFL draft picks, and more Tiffany blue dials.
Jimmy Butler’s Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver
Even with Butler sitting on the bench, the Miami Heat can still get past a gentleman’s Atlanta Hawks. This is a win-win situation for Heat fans and watch lovers: Miami won the series and we get to see Butler in streetwear and a cool new watch. . The very orange Aquaracer is one of my favorite new releases from This year’s Watches & Wonders.
Hublot Big Bang by Aidan Hutchinson
Hublot was the big winner in Thursday night’s NFL draft. Malik Willis, Ikem Ekwonu and the second overall pick is Aidan Hutchinson all wearing different items from brand to Vegas. The future Detroit Lion may have kept his draft night suit simpler than his peers, but his watch says a lot for him. This Big Bang with pavé diamond bezel is a serious first watch.
Miles Teller’s Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic
Miles Teller has said enough with quirky sports watches. Above Jimmy Kimmel This week, Teller wore this beautiful 20th anniversary edition Montblanc. This watch checks out the boxes you want from an outfit: an 18-carat rose gold case and an alligator leather strap. Who ever decided there was something wrong with a guy in a suit wearing a nice watch to talk about his latest movie?
Scott Parker’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual
You wouldn’t think you’d leave a 2022 watch without seeing one with a Tiffany blue dial, would you? This week, we’re jumping over the pond for our weekly fix. Parker, manager of UK second tier football club AFC Bournemouth, has managed to keep this up hottest watch trends of the year as he wore Rolex’s now discontinued Rolex Oyster Perpetual on the sidelines this week.