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WOTW: Pablo Larrazabal’s IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic

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Watch Model: IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic
Reference: IW389001
Date Made: 2016
Case: Ceramic Black
Bezel: Ceramic Black
Size: 44 mm
Movement: 89361, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Glass: Sapphire Glass with Anti-reflective
Water Resistance: 60 meters
Strap: Rubber Strap
Price: ~$8,000

Pablo Larrazabal had an IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic watch on his wrist after winning the 2019 Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. Larrazabal shot 3 over in the final round where his blistered feet had to be bandaged to compete! When he enthusiastically held that trophy up he was wearing what looked like a 2016 IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic (ref: IW389001) on his wrist!

International Watch Company, or IWC, was founded in 1868 by Florentine Ariosto. Ariosto was the former director of America’s leading watchmaker before starting IWC. Aviation has always been a huge influence on the design of IWC watches, with the Pilot being one of the most popular watch lines. At first glance, the dial of the Top Gun Chronograph looks like the dials you would see on an aircraft’s dashboard. IWC dials have always been simple, yet extremely easy to read, even with chronograph sub-dials taking up valuable dial space.

The Top Gun lineup has always been about a tactical look and most of the line has been done in matte black. The 44 mm ceramic case is finished in exactly that, matte black ceramic. The bezel is made from the same black ceramic, Zirconium Oxide, making both very scratch and wear-resistant. When looking for this watch I found many second-hand models that seemed to have little to no wear on them.

There are a few different models in the Top Gun line from IWC, but this one is very unique with its chronograph sub-dials at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. The top sub-dial gives elapsed minutes and hours simultaneously, a pretty rare feature in most chronograph watches, but gives the Top Gun Chronograph that clean look. Under the dial is IWC’s self-winding 89361 automatic movement with 38 jewels and 68 hours of power reserve. The 89361 is a flyback chronograph so you don’t need to stop the chronograph timer before resetting it. Protecting that movement is a screw-in titanium caseback with an engraved Top Gun logo giving the Top Gun Chronograph a 60-meter water resistance rating. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating covers the dial and allows you to read the time in any light condition.

The strap on the Top Gun Chronograph is a combination of textile on the outside and soft calfskin on the inside. The strap comes together with a stainless steel deployment buckle, holding it firmly in place. These weren’t limited edition watches, but more of a special edition that could be found at boutique stores.

A big congratulations to Pablo on his win in South Africa! His feet might have been blistered and beaten up, but his wrist was feeling no pain while wearing his IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic!

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WOTW: Henrik Stenson’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

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Henrik Stenson was wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph watch after winning the Hero World Challenge this weekend. Stenson held off a star-studded field to win Tiger’s event and when he kissed that Tiger-themed trophy he had a stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph on his wrist!

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Reference: 26320ST.OO.1220ST.03
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Blue Grand Tapisserie
Size: 41 mm
Movement: Calibre 2385 – 37 Jewels
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: ~$27,000

 

Audemars Piguet is an extremely high-end Swiss watchmaker that sponsors many golfers across the world. Audemars Piguet was started by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in 1875 to create complex and precise timepieces. Today Audemars Piguet keeps that tradition with its full line of classic and cutting edge designs. The Royal Oak line debuted in 1972 as a rugged sports watch for discerning clientele. Today the Royal Oak is an icon in the horological world and considered the jewel of Audemars Piguet watch line. Stenson had on a stainless steel Royal Oak (ref: 26320ST.OO.1220ST.03) that was made from 2012 through 2017.

This previous generation Royal Oak, with the blue “Grand Tapisserie” dial, still holds its value and trades for around $27,000 on the second-hand market. The case is made from stainless steel and is 41mm across, matching the current Royal Oak version’s size. Stenson’s watch has the blue “Grand Tapisserie” dial that Audemars Piguet is known for, but the matching blue subdials are a unique touch to the older model. The date on the dial is small and located at 5 o’clock on the dial as to not interfere with the location of the right-hand subdial. That beautifully textured dial is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and surrounded by Audemars Piguet iconic octagon bezel.

The AP bezel is held down with 8 hex screws and covered a perfect two-tone finish of brushed and polished stainless steel. Inside the case is Audemars Piguet’s 37 Jewel, Calibre 2385 self-winding automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve. That movement is protected by a matching octagon caseback held to the case with 8 round screws and giving the Royal Oak a 50-meter water resistance rating. A brushed finish covers the stainless steel Royal Oak bracelet and it comes together with folding clasp with an AP logo.

 

 

It was great to see Henrik get his season off to a hot start down in the Bahamas with a win against a pretty stacked field. His choice of a unique and older Royal Oak was a solid move and shows off just how classy a guy with a trophy can be. Good luck to him on the rest of the year, I really hope to see more victories and more AP watches!

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WOTW: Jon Rahm’s Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Meteorite”

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Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Meteorite”
Reference: 126719BLRO-0002
Case: White gold, 18 ct
Bezel: Bi-color Cerachrom ceramic stainless steel
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Rolex 3285, 31 jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire crystal (cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Bracelet: Oyster white gold, 18 ct
Price: $38,400

Jon Rahm’s watch this week at the DP World Tour Championship was a Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Meteorite.” The PGA Tour did see a three-peat this week…the third week in a row where the winner wasn’t wearing a watch! But Thankfully Rahm came through for us with a brand new Rolex GMT-Master II on the wrist! The meteorite dial looked great, shinning in the sun next to that massive trophy!

The Rolex GMT-Master was originally created in the 1950s as a watch designed for pilots, making it easy to read two different time zones at the same time. The GMT-Master was durable, precise, and had a versatile appearance that have made it an extremely popular timepiece. The 2019 GMT-Master II is mostly a carryover from last year and the stainless-steel “Pepsi” version is still almost impossible to get your hands on at retail.

Rolex introduced this upgraded GMT-Master II earlier in the year to some interesting reviews. The meteorite dial is made from a chunk of a meteor that fell from space, then cut and polished to fit the watch. Meteors are mostly made up of iron and nickel, giving the dial a very unique look. A lot of GMT-Master II loyalists think the meteorite dial doesn’t fit aesthetically, being too flashy and making it harder to read the time. Some will also say that the GMT-Master II is a “tool watch,” or work watch, and doesn’t need to be made from a precious metal like 18 ct white gold.

I am a fan of the watch and think the dial gives the GMT-Master II a unique look that still flies under the radar. Most will look and see a typical “Pepsi” GMT, not realizing this version is over four times more expensive! The 40 mm case is made from Rolex’s own mixture of 18 ct white gold that resists fading and corrosion. Rolex is so committed to the best alloys for its watches that they operate their own exclusive foundry to produce the white gold.

The bezel is the same as the “Pepsi” GMT-Master II, created from stainless-steel with a bi-color Cerachrom ceramic insert in blue and red. Dual-color ceramic was said to be impossible, until Rolex found a way to create it flawlessly. The numbers in the bezel are filled with paint that contains platinum for a luxurious shine. Under a sapphire crystal with cyclops date window is that unique meteorite dial with the date at 3 o’clock. The meteorite has random bands of crystallized metal running through it and from looking, no two are the same. The meteor dial has polished 18 ct gold hour markers that again resist fading or tarnishing.

Inside the GMT-Master II is Rolex’s 3285, COSC certified, movement that itself holds 10 patents and gives the wearer 70 hours of power reserve. The 3285 is made of nickel-phosphorus, allowing it to withstand magnetic fields and keep its accuracy. The 3285 also contains Rolex’s Chronergy escapement that increases efficiency while enhancing durability. Holding this timepiece on the wrist is a comfortable Rolex Oyster bracelet made from matching, two-tone, 18 ct white gold. This bracelet contains a Rolex exclusive Easylink extension link for comfort and comes together with the durable Oysterlock folding clasp.

It was great to see Jon Rahm in the winner’s circle again, holding up trophies that are almost as tall as him. Jon knows a good Rolex collection, and I hope to see something even wilder on his wrist the next time he wins!

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WOTW: Tyrell Hatton’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Black Ceramic

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Black Ceramic
Reference: 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black Grand Tapisserie
Size: 44 mm
Movement: Calibre 3126 / 3840 – 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap
Price: $32,100

Tyrrell Hatton was wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Black Ceramic after he won the Turkish Open. It is not every day you see a six-man playoff in a professional golf event, but Hatton held off the other five to win! After firing four rounds in the 60s, Tyrrell hoisted that gold trophy with an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph in Black Ceramic (ref: 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02) on his wrist.

Audemars Piguet is a very high-end Swiss watch maker that sponsors many golfers across the world. Audemars Piguet was started by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in 1875 to create complex and precise time pieces. Today, Audemars Piguet keeps that tradition with its full line of classic and cutting-edge designs. The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993 and quickly earned the nickname “The Beast” for its large (at the time) proportions. The Offshore is the larger, more rugged version of the iconic Royal Oak line that has been around since 1972. Hatton’s Royal Oak Offshore has a brushed black ceramic case made of zirconium oxide, stabilized with yttrium oxide.

This larger 44 mm ceramic case is virtually scratch-proof, fade-resistant, resilient to high temperatures, and extremely durable. The black ceramic took Audemars Piquet over 600 hours of research to develop, and compared to a stainless steel case, takes five times longer to hand-finish! The octagon bezel, held down with hex screws, is legendary Audemars Piguet styling and done in matching brushed black ceramic.

Under the glare-proof sapphire crystal is a black dial finished in a classic Méga Tapisserie pattern. The dial has a date window at 3 o’clock and is accented with pink gold hour markers and Royal Oak hands, finished with luminescent coating. The pushpieces at 2 and 4 o’clock are done in black ceramic and encased by titanium pushpiece guards.

The titanium caseback on this Royal Oak Offshore is a displayback, covered by another glare-proofed sapphire crystal, showing off the Calibre 3126 / 3840 automatic movement inside. The 3126 / 3840 is a 59 jewel, self-winding, automatic movement with 50hrs of power reserve. The main rotor, a monobloc of 22ct gold, rotates on ceramic bearings for silky smooth rotation and extreme wear resistance. This Royal Oak Offshore is finished off with a black rubber strap, connected to the case with titanium links and matching titanium pin buckle.

It was exciting to see Tyrrell Hatton come through and win the Turkish Airlines Open in such a rare playoff. Almost as exciting as seeing such a unique, but subtle, timepiece on his wrist! I hope we see more victories from the Englishman in the near future and maybe with a different AP on his wrist!

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