Connect with us

WOTW

WOTW Time Machine: Ian Poulter’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept From The 2018 Houston Open

Published

on

Ian Poulter made his par putt to win the 2018 Houston Open in a playoff against Beau Hossler. It was a huge win for Poulter, making him the last man in at the 2018 Masters. The sun was setting in Humble, Texas when Ian was presented the trophy but the timepiece on his wrist was anything but! He was sporting a special Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon in white ceramic that was produced in 2014.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon
Reference: 26580IO.OO.D010CA.01
Date: 2014
Case: Titanium
Bezel: White Ceramic
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 2930, 29 jewels
Power Reserve: 237 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber Strap
Price: ~$215,000

As most of you might know from my short time writing WOTW, Audemars Piguet is the brand that got me loving mechanical watches. I have been waiting to do a feature on Poulter since he too has a love for fine timepieces and has been an AP athlete for almost 11 years. His collection of AP watches is rather large, even including one of the 221 Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher models. Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak line of watches is nothing short of iconic and the Concept series is where they can push the limits of design and materials. The Concept line was created in 2002 and its watches are now considered highly collectible.

Poulter’s Concept was introduced in 2014 and jumped out at watch fans with its bright white ceramic bezel, central bridge, crown, and pusher. This Concept is not for anyone trying to fly under the radar and we all know Poulter likes a little flash! The ceramic bezel is about as close to scratch-proof as you can get but it also takes special diamond-tipped tools to create. That isn’t easy and the bezel alone takes eight hours to produce, compared to 45 minutes for a stainless steel version.

In traditional Royal Oak design, eight legendary hex screws hold the bezel to the titanium case. That case is fairly thick, as most Concept models are, at over 16 millimeters. On the side of the case are the matching white ceramic crown as well as the pusher to control the second time zone. The dial, or lack thereof, is a skeleton design where you can look directly at Calibre 2930 movement. The first thing that will grab your eye is the white ceramic central bridge that is as much of a design feature as it is a structural component of the movement.

The dial has a lot going on besides the slotted hour and minute hands. At 3 o’clock in the second time-zone indicator and at 6 is the crown position indicator. The tourbillon is visible at 9 o’clock, along with its purple jewels, or bearings, to help reduce friction and create a smooth movement. The tourbillon was invented in 1795 and the escapement, as well as the balance wheel, are encased in a rotating cage to negate the effects of gravity on the movement. That tourbillon is part of the Calibre 2930 manual winding movement that contains 29 jewels and an insane 237 hours of power reserve. Manual winding movements mean that you have to actually use the crown and wind the watch to power it, there is no rotor internally powering the movement.

Covering this skeleton dial is a glare-proofed sapphire crystal and there is a matching crystal on the display back. The strap on this Concept is made from textured white rubber and connects with an Audemars Piguet folding clasp. I have reached out to Audemars Piguet

It was a great story seeing Ian win and punch his ticket to The Masters in 2018. And as much as he is a controversial figure in the golf world, you have to respect the quality of timepieces he has in his collection. I really hope to see him win again soon so we can see what special piece he will have on his wrist!

Your Reaction?
  • 15
  • LEGIT4
  • WOW3
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

I have been an employee at GolfWRX since 2016. In that time I have been helping create content on GolfWRX Radio, GolfWRX YouTube, as well as writing for the front page. Self-proclaimed gear junkie who loves all sorts of golf equipment as well as building golf clubs!

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

WOTW

WOTW Time Machine: Anthony Kim’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Montauk Highway”

Published

on

What do a California born PGA Tour pro and a highway in New York state have in common? A watch. A special, limited edition, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway where only 300 were made. Kim wore this limited AP Offshore after his last PGA Tour win, the 2010 Shell Houston Open.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Montauk Highway”
Reference: 26187ST.OO.D801CR.01
Year: 2010
Limited: Yes, 300 Pieces
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Cream “Clous de Paris” Grand Tapisserie
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 2326 / 2840 – 50 Jewels
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber Strap
Price: ~$21,000 ($20,500 Retail)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with brown Hornback strap

We have featured some limited edition AP Royal Oaks on WOTW before, but this one might have been the luckiest to track down! I tried doing an Anthony Kim “What’s On The Wrist” a little while ago, but finding this watch was elusive. I kind of gave up searching until I saw a post on Instagram from @wristaficionado that contained a Royal Oak Offshore with cream and light blue dial.

From there, I was able to find some details on this rare watch that was only sold in the New York area. The Royal Oak Offshore collection was created in 1993 as a sportier and more rugged version of the popular Royal Oak line. Kim’s Offshore is named after a 95-mile highway that runs along the southern shore of Long Island. The Montauk Offshore was only sold in four locations in New York, London, Jewelers in the Hamptons, and the Audemars Piguet boutiques.

Picture: DaosB@PuristSPro.com

Kim’s 1 of 300 Offshore is crafted out of stainless steel the case is 42mm in size. The case features a hefty crown and pusher protection as well as a solid steel case back that is held down with eight large screws. That case back is also the only place where you will find that special Montauk Highway Limited Edition badging. The Montauk was made with two different straps and that is what made it so hard to find. The brown Hornback leather strap with light blue stitching was how the watch was advertised and photographed almost everywhere. Kim was wearing what seems to be the more rare version with a thick white rubber strap.

The strap has a beautiful deployment clasp with twin chrome AP logos that fold together when closed. I was always on the search for the white rubber version and couldn’t find it. On the sides of the case are some black rubber details that break up the watch in a great way. The pushers and crown are steel, covered in textured black rubber. The iconic Royal Oak stainless steel bezel also has a thick visible rubber gasket that separates it from the case and helps give the watch a 100-meter water resistance rating. The bezel is a legendary design feature and contains eight Audemars Piguet hex screws to hold it in place.

The dial is what really sets this Royal Oak Offshore apart from the rest of the line. The dial is finished in cream, or “Clous de Paris” color over AP’s Grand Tapisserie texture. The chronograph sub-dials are finished in a chocolate brown that plays perfectly with the light blue hands in them. The light blue inner bezel, hour numerals, and hands are subtly contrasted with yellow gold if you ever get to look at one closely. The inner light blue bezel actually rotates under the glare-proofed sapphire crystal to help with sailing. That crystal also has a magnifying cyclops lens over the date that is located at 3 o’clock. Inside the Montauk is a self-winding automatic movement made in-house by Audemars Piguet. The Calibre 2326 is a 50 jewel movement that contains a 22-carat solid gold rotor and gives the wearer 38 hours of power reserve.

Anthony Kim was such a great player for an unfortunately short period of time. Injuries shorted us of what could have been a great career with many celebrated wins. I also have to believe that along with his flashy belt buckles, he would have had some great watches to go with those trophies.

Your Reaction?
  • 16
  • LEGIT3
  • WOW1
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK4

Continue Reading

WOTW

WOTW: Rickie Fowler’s 50th anniversary Rolex Daytona in platinum

Published

on

Rickie Fowler’s watch was a 50th Anniversary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Platinum at the TaylorMade Driving Relief match. It was a tough defeat on the course, but the money raised to help the COVID-19 efforts was an overall victory for everyone.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116506-0001
Date: 2013 – Current
Limited: No
Case: 950 Platinum
Bezel: Brown Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 950 Platinum
Price: $75,000

The Rolex Daytona is one of the most sought after watches in the world and collectors go crazy trying to get their hands on them. The Daytona was made famous by legendary actor and racer Paul Newman, who’s personal 1968 piece recently sold for $17.8 million. The first “Daytona” was introduced in 1955 under the simple name of “Chronograph”. In 1963 Rolex created the Cosmograph (Ref: 6239) and nicknamed the watch “Daytona” to show affiliation with the now-famous auto race. Those 6239 Paul Newman Daytonas now trade for over $100,000 depending on condition and other factors.

Rickie is seen wearing a Daytona that was released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Daytona, done in precious platinum, with an ice blue dial. The case and Oyster bracelet on this exquisite piece is crafted from Rolex’s “noblest metal”, 950 platinum. Rolex’s 950 Platinum is 95% the precious metal and the other 5% is made of metals like ruthenium. The ruthenium adds durability and helps the platinum retain its luster and shine. While the 950 platinum is made to be durable, this is a true collector’s item and currently the only all platinum Daytona. The bezel is created from brown Cerachrom ceramic for scratch resistance and a contains a tachymetric scale that is filled with platinum via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The Cerachrom ceramic is corrosion resistant and unaffected by UV rays so it will not fade over time. Rolex only uses the Ice Blue dial on platinum models, like the current Day-Date 40 and Lady Dadtejust.

The Ice Blue dial is light blue with a sunburst texture to reflect light at all viewing angles. The Daytona chronograph sub-dials are finished in a chestnut brown lacquer paint that matches the ceramic bezel. White gold hour markers and hands are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight photoluminescent material for easy viewing in low light. Covering that special dial is a sapphire crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. Inside this collectors watch is Rolex’s in-house made, COSC Certified, 4130 movement. The 4130 is a self-winding automatic containing 44 jewels and an impressive 72 hours of power reserve. Compared to other chronograph movements the 4130 contains fewer parts, making it more reliable and accurate.

Like almost all Rolex automatic movements, the 4130 utilizes their Parachrom hairspring for shock and temperature change resistance. The platinum Oyster bracelet is made from flat links and has a folding Oysterlock safely clasp. The Oysterlock clasp also features Rolex’s Easylink comfort extension that allows 5mm of movement for added comfort.

Live golf was welcomed back in a big way with the Driving Relief match. While Rickie and Matt Wolff (wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea) couldn’t pull out the win, they did help raise millions of dollars for charity. Special events like this call for special watches and the Rolex Daytona Ice Blue Platinum fits that description perfectly.

Photo Credit: Hodinkee.com

Photo Credit: Hodinkee.com

Your Reaction?
  • 43
  • LEGIT3
  • WOW5
  • LOL1
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP1
  • OB0
  • SHANK10

Continue Reading

WOTW

WOTW Time Machine: Matt Kuchar’s $40,000 Patek Philippe Nautilus From The 2019 Presidents Cup

Published

on

The 2019 Presidents Cup was a very close and exciting event that not many of us expected. Most thought the U.S. team would stroll away with a big win and the International team didn’t let that happen. Kuchar made a birdie putt on 17, clinching the win for the U.S. team on Sunday and then put on what looked like a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus to celebrate.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Reference: 5726A-001
Year: 2010 – Current
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Horizontally Embossed Black
Size: 40.5mm
Movement: Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H – 34 Jewels
Power Reserve: 35 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 120 Meters
Strap: Hand-stitched Black Alligator
Price: $40,940

Patek Philippe was started in 1845 by watchmakers Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe. They created pocket watches and well as watches that were pinned to clothing for queens. In 1868, they created the first Swiss wristwatch for a Hungarian royal.

In the world of high-end watches, Patek is considered among the best and their pieces are highly desirable. Patek Philippe hand-finish every part that goes into their watches to perfection, even the ones you will never see. It is said that Patek spends as many hours hand-finishing a single, hidden part as other companies spend finishing an entire movement. This is part of the reason why the Nautilus can carry a waitlist time of up to eight years depending on the model. The Nautilus was first introduced in 1976 and was given that name because it’s rounded octagon case and bezel looked like a ship’s porthole.

There are many different versions of the Nautilus sports watch and Kuchar seems to be wearing the 5726A that is slightly more complicated than a more standard 5711. The two big upgrades are the annual calendar and the moon phase dial at 6 o’clock. The moon phase complication is arguably the most useless complication in mechanical watches, simply telling you what phase the moon is in at that given time. The annual calendar is a bit more useful as it displays the month and day at 12 o’clock and only needs to be set once per year, on March 1st.

The 5726A’s 40.5 mm case is made from brushed stainless steel and incorporates a rounded octagon bezel made from the same material. The bezel is a work of art with its brushed and polished finish, giving it a luxurious yet sporty look. The back of the case has a window display that shows off the Patek Philippe made Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H self-winding automatic movement. The Caliber 324 is a 34 jewel movement with 45 hours of power reserve and contains 347 individual parts. This movement also contains Patek’s adjustable mass Gyromax balance wheel to allow more precise timekeeping.

The dial on the 5726A is iconic Patek, done in black with its “mini blinds” horizontal embossed pattern. Hour markers and hands are done in white gold so they don’t tarnish over time and are filled with luminescent material for viewing in low light. The moon-phase dial at 6 o’clock is surrounded by a 24-hour display and the date number below. All that is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The strap is a matte black alligator leather that is hand-stitched and comes together with a Nautilus logoed fold-over clasp.

The 2019 Presidents Cup was one of those that we will always remember. It was a great team win and there were a lot of memorable moments, as well as watches! Kuchar is a big watch guy and I would love to see him win a few more and show off a few of those pieces. Until then we can just admire that great choice the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A was!

Your Reaction?
  • 23
  • LEGIT2
  • WOW6
  • LOL2
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP2
  • OB1
  • SHANK12

Continue Reading

WITB

Facebook

Trending