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The new Audemars Piguet Black Panther watch – priced at equal to a piece of Stark tech – seems designed to bring a whole new audience into the collectibles world – a customer less concerned with tech specs than their favorite Marvel hero’s lion. And the number one member of this new group should have been obvious. We’ve already noted that you can draw a line from LeBron James’ collaborative watch with Audemars in 2013 to this new Marvel piece. Both represented a reflection off the beaten track of the brand. Also, present for the unveiling of the new watch? None other than LeBron. Plus, there are few people closer to real-life superhero status than James. So it wasn’t that surprising to see him sitting on the Lakers bench on Thursday night wearing that damn thing. Also this week, another great pair of Rolex Daytonas.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” flying tourbillon by LeBron James
The watch is made of titanium, has a ceramic bezel and a tourbillon tucked away near the 6 o’clock position. Who are we kidding? The flagship element is obviously the white gold figurine of the black panther. Good news for LeBron: this is just the first piece in an ongoing partnership between Audemars Piguet and Marvel.
Russell Wilson’s Rolex Day-Date
There is something about super couples and the Rolex Day-Date. In March, Russell Wilson and Ciara made up a third of the cover stars of GQ’s Modern Lovers issue. Beside them were Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, who spoke about her beloved Day-Date in a video. Now, while hosting a vaccination awareness special with his wife, Wilson also showcased his own Day-Date with a black dial. It’s the kind of watch that sparks lifelong commitments and promises of undying love and loyalty.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Rolex Daytona
Well, look who becomes a watch collector after all! For the first phase of his career, Antetokounmpo wore virtually nothing other than Nike tracksuits. Then, when signing their new monster contract last year, the Greek Freak presented a new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. He ticked the first collectordom box: start with an iconic watch, the kind of piece so timeless and trend-proof that you can convince yourself it’s the only watch you’ll ever need. But as most watch collectors will tell you, you usually don’t stick with that one. Now it looks like Antetokounmpo caught the bug. He appeared in the tunnel this week wearing a coveted Rolex Daytona with a black and white Panda dial. We’ve seen NBA superstars rack up extremely impressive collections over the years – James, Chris Paul, and Anthony Davis to name a few. Hoping that Antetokounmpo joins their club.
Andrea Pirlo’s Rolex Daytona
Juventus’ extremely stylish sideline stalker Andrea Pirlo has the suits, hair and watches you would expect from a man in his place. A few months ago, he was spotted wearing a unique skeletonized Rolex Submariner that had been custom-made for him for two years. This watch is not necessarily at this level, but among the Daytonas actually made and produced by Rolex, Pirlo has found a unique specimen. This version comes with a deep chocolate colored dial, black numerals and a matching black bezel. What is most unusual is the watch’s leather strap – the Daytona almost always comes on a steel strap, or Rolex’s Oysterflex rubber strap – which turns the iconic sports watch into a beautiful piece of clothing.
Rolex Submariner by Hideki Matsuyama
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, the first Japanese to win a major golf title, is also engaged in a long-term battle over two-tone watches. Opinions about two-tone pieces have long divided watch enthusiasts into two distinct factions. And the argument picked up again after Rolex launched a steel and gold version of the Explorer. While some collectors screamed scandal –The Explorer is a pure tool watch that should only be delivered in steel.! “The others just liked the new look. Meanwhile, Rolex has not been afraid to remake any of its professional two-tone steel and gold watches. Exhibit A: Matsuyama’s blueberry version of the Submariner.
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