What is it with celebrities and blacked-out Rolex Milgauss models? 5 examples, from Bourdain to Goldblum and beyond

Blacked Out RolexLike it or loathe it, ‘modding’ watches is here to stay. And it’s increasingly accessible to you at any price point level. At the lower end, you have the thriving, escalating world of @seikomods. At the highest end, you can modify your Piaget Ultimate Concept any which way you like. And in celebrity-land, you have the longtime practice of ‘blacking out’ your Rolex – and in the process, bringing Hollywood flair to standard Rolex references, in particular, it seems, the Milgauss. We have written about several businesses that offer this service – Artisans de Geneve, Blaken, Titan, and Project X Designs among others are all known modifiers of Rolex watches – born from a desire to make a mass produced watch a little more custom and unique (or at the very least uncommon). Here are five celebrities who have bet their Big Crown Milgauss on black. Thanks to Nick Gould – @niccoloy – for his help in spotting some of these. Jennifer Aniston Kicking things off, sitcom legend and Friends star Jennifer Anniston has been repeatedly spotted wearing her blacked out Rolex Milgauss. The stainless steel case has been treated with either a DLC or PVD gloss black coating over…

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3 ways the Apple Watch Series 6 could help to protect you from COVID-19

This year has been unlike any other in recent memory. Almost unlike any in living memory. And while that has been for a multitude of complex reasons, much of the responsibility can be uncontroversially laid on the shoulders of the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across borders. While this has been a global catastrophe, the response to the virus has been- at its best – inspiring, as governments and both public and private organisations have pooled resources, shared information and worked together to find ways to manage the Coronavirus. We don’t need to talk about humanity at its worst through 2020, the year has been negative enough.  A vaccine is the first priority of these collective efforts, but other important work is being done to minimise its impact on those who have contracted the virus, slow its spread and also to effectively test populations to understand where COVID-19 is present in the community. Apple has recently released their new Apple Watch Series 6, which might offer something of a solution to the problem of testing for COVID-19.  Apple has been steadily broadening the health features and functionality of its Apple Watch, with the Series 4 released in 2018 being able…

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INTRODUCING: Massena LAB Uni-Racer, the first in-house production from Massena LAB, with a fresh take on vintage chronograph perfection

Massena LAB Uni-RacerFrom the secret lab of William Massena we have come to expect the unexpected. The LAB has a short but exciting history of sharp collaborations with a disruptive edge, exhibiting a wide scope of taste and style. This exciting new model is a case in point, with the last public project being a brilliant vintage bronze version of the T-Rex by MB&F, which was as much art as a static timepiece. This time, Massena has gone into the rich archives of sports chronographs for inspiration to give us the fresh, yet familiar, Massena LAB Uni-Racer. The inspirational basket of vintage chronographs is a large one, and William Massena and his LAB cohorts have spent three years with a focus on Universal, rather than pulling out random elements. This is the elusive Uni-Compax “Big Eye” redefined through a sharp lens, hitting several metaphorical nails on the head in the process. Within a Goldilocks 39mm case sits the lesser-seen vintage perfectionist manual-wind Sellita SW510 M, a no-date caliber with a solid 58 hours of power reserve. With its 50m water resistance, this is no diver; the new Uni-Racer is all about motor racing and urban style with an oh-so perfect vintage air.…

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HANDS-ON: The DOXA SUB 200 C-GRAPH – the most colourful chronographs we’ve seen in years

It is fair to argue that the two most popular watch categories that find their way onto the wrists of buyers around the world are dive watches and chronographs. Both have their merits and are classic staples of the watch industry, but what if there was a way to have both? The DOXA SUB 200 C-GRAPH not only presents a diver’s chronograph watch, but also brings forth the beloved spectrum of colour that DOXA has become known for. The case The DOXA SUB 200 C-GRAPH case is made of 316L stainless steel, has a diameter of 45mm and is 17.4mm thick (in part due to its boxed sapphire crystal). The rather short lugs of the watch make it wear much more compact than its 45mm diameter suggests. It features a stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel with a sapphire insert, providing a tremendous amount of scratch resistance in an attractive smooth and glossy form that really flatters the watch. The chronograph pushers, which traditionally have been a point of vulnerability in dive watches, are protected with gaskets and are quite short – which makes it harder for any accidental activation under the water. The case has a lug width of 20mm, making…

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The 5 most interesting watches sighted on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee watchesEditor’s note: If you are like us, the word “watch” has two meanings when you’re in front of the TV — both viewing a program and inspecting the wristwatches of those on-screen. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a buffet of interesting characters with equally interesting timepieces. With a little bit of time to think – and argue internally – about it, here are our five favourites across all series of the show.  Jerry Seinfeld can do no wrong, and after having been streamed more than 100 million times, Seinfeld’s pet project, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, last year premiered its new season on Netflix after nine seasons as a web series on the digital network Crackle. Staying true to the title’s premise, this simple yet compelling series sees Jerry introduce a new celebrity comedian in each episode, picking them up in a unique vintage car and heading out for coffee. The pair then riff, unscripted, on all manner of topics to varying comedic degree. It’s safe to say that where there are celebrities there are luxury watches. We take a look at some of the best from this season and those that preceded it. Season 10, Episode 3: Ellen DeGeneres wears a ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona If you’ve…

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INTRODUCING: The Seiko Prospex SPB183J 55th Anniversary Limited Edition is back in blue

Seiko Prospex SBP183JA proven trend within the world of watches is for brands to reinterpret historic models within their archives for modern-day release. Seiko has revived and renewed one of their classic ’70s divers with the new Seiko Prospex SPB183J 55th Anniversary Limited Edition. ⁣ The case While slightly larger than the original, the Seiko Prospex SPB183J is faithful in almost every other aspect of its design. The 42.7mm stainless steel case has a super-hard coating, making this a great candidate for daily wear. The case is mostly satin finished, with hairline bevels and polish on the outer flanks of the case. Its saucer-like profile makes the watch wear compact for its size (46.6mm lug-to-lug) and, with a thickness of 13.2mm, is only about a 0.5mm taller than a Rolex Submariner. As a reinterpretation of a classic diver, it is not only faithful to the original design, but also to its original purpose and utility with its screw-down crown, diver’s timing bezel, and 200m water-resistant case. The dial The gradient blue dial is displayed beneath a dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The blue of the dial is on the darker side in lower lit settings, but when the sun or light…

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MICRO MONDAYS: AUDRIC SeaBorne 500 M is a proper spec MONSTER for the money

AUDRIC SeaBorne 500 MIt seems like every week, another Kickstarter microbrand comes forward with its own take on a diving watch. Some of these are more successful than others, but the one certainty is that in order to stand out, companies have to increasingly  think outside the box. AUDRIC Watches have done so with the home-run combination of outrageous value for money and exciting, bold design. In fact, the AUDRIC SeaBorne 500 M doesn’t just take the fight to the best of the microbrand world, but challenges the greats of established Swiss names, too. The main thing to understand about the SeaBorne 500 M is that it’s an absolute spec monster for its price. Compared with the big-brand Swiss divers up to double its RRP, the elements and features are equal, if not improved. You get the often-found Sellita SW200-1, a movement that can be found powering watches from the likes of Oris, Baume & Mercier, Bell & Ross, Sinn and many more. On top of the components level, the manufacturing complexity is also elevated above its pay grade, with the inclusion of a double-domed sapphire crystal, luminous sapphire bezel insert, and an incredible 22mm 5-link solid steel bracelet, with a perlage-decorated milled…

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Design a Seiko 5 Sports online with the Custom Watch Beatmaker, get lots of votes, and see it released by Seiko

Seiko 5 Sports has just announced a global digital campaign, “CUSTOM WATCH BEATMAKER” which will run from October 19, 2020 to the end of January 2021. Having just gone through the process, this is a super fun customisation process that also has you name your bespoke watch. A track created for the campaign by an up-and-coming artist is then paired with your watch. I called mine the ‘Sam Sparro’, and that should give you some clues about its jam. Black and gold, baby. Users can create their original model by selecting watch parts such as the bezel, case, dial, hands and band. They can then also vote for their favourite model, and have theirs included in the selection of original custom watch designs. Eight musical artists have taken inspiration from the Seiko 5 Sports to create 32 original tracks for this campaign. The watch selected as the most popular model will be released globally in the future. That’s one hell of a bragging right. Get amongst it here.   Step 1. Choose the bezel Step 2. Choose the hands Step 3 & 4. Choose the case and strap Step 5. Name it!

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VIDEO: My biggest 180 of 2020 is admitted in this video about the new Bulgari Bulgari Aluminium Collection…

Bulgari Bulgari aluminiumIt seems to happen about once a year. I must sheepishly admit that I was wrong about a watch. In 2019, I offered a full retraction to Girard-Perregaux regarding the Laureato, a watch that I not only came to love but purchase. In 2020, it’s apology time once again. And this time, it’s to the Bulgari Bulgari collection after the recent launch of the Bulgari Bulgari Aluminium pieces. I won’t steal all of the video’s thunder though, please watch it to hear in full. Jumping from the personal to the bigger picture, Bulgari is in the business of turning heads in 2020 with the announcement of their record-breaking Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic, the new Octo Finissimo in satin polished steel, and then their remarkable High-End Watch novelties. But there’s another collection that is causing worldwide whiplash – the Bulgari Aluminium collection. In a true revitalisation of the Bulgari Bulgari collection that saw success in the ’90s, the Bulgari Aluminium collection offers a new entry point to the world of Swiss-Italian watchmaking, and does so in a way that is oh-so-Bulgari. It forces a re-examination of what a luxury sports watch is and, just like the first Bulgari Octo…

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Conor McGregor’s jumping back in the octagon … what watch will he buy to celebrate?

Editor’s note: Conor McGregor, the biggest name in UFC history, looks set to come out of retirement a mere six months after announcing he was done with the sport. While nothing official has been confirmed, “The Notorious” is strongly rumoured to be squaring off with Dustin Poirier within the next six months, with UFC President Dana White today saying, “He’s been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan 23”, and adding, “It’s a yes or no answer.”  So the ball’s in Mac’s court … we can only hope he accepts what would inevitably be a bloody brilliant bout. All this talk about the Irish fighter has also got us thinking about his incredible watch collection, and one watch in particular – the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5905P-014 Weir & Sons Edition. Made to celebrate the Irish watch retailer’s 150th anniversary, this gorgeous green stunner was limited to just 25 pieces in total, with an eye-watering price tag of close to $200,000 AUD (and A LOT more in the second-hand market). McGregor bought number 12 in the limited run as a nod to his highly successful Irish Whiskey company – Proper No. Twelve – which sold more than $40 million dollars worth of…

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