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WOTW: Joaquin Niemann’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”



WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”
Reference: 116710BLNR-0002
Date Made: 2013-2018
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3186, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$14,000

Joaquin Niemann was wearing a Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) in stainless steel after winning The Greenbrier. Joaquin went wild at the first tournament of the PGA season, firing a phenomenal 21-under to win by 6! Under the sleeve of that dark green jacket, matching the blue glass trophy, was the “Batman.” The Rolex GMT-Master II in black and blue earned that nickname from the bi-color ceramic bezel that is the colors of the famous superhero. Joaquin was wearing what looked like the previous version of the GMTMaster II that was made from 2013-2018 and now trade for around $14,000, about $6,000 more than the original retail price.

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 has made it such a popular timepiece. The GMT-Master II that Niemann had on looked to be the previous version that was released in 2013 and made until last year. This was the first watch with a bi-color ceramic bezel that Rolex previously said was impossible to make. The two-tone bezel was originally created for pilots to distinguish day and night hours easily.

This black and blue combination was the first bi-color ceramic bezel GMT-Master II, followed in 2014 by the “Pepsi” version with a blue and red bezel. Inside the 40mm 904L Oystersteel case is the Rolex 3186 self-winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The 3186, like all Rolex movements, is a certified Swiss chronometer proving how precise and accurate it is. The 3186 movement also includes Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for resistance to shock and temperature variation.

That signature bi-color ceramic bezel is bidirectional, meaning you can rotate it either clockwise or counterclockwise to monitor an additional time zone. The Oyster bracelet is made from 904L Oystersteel and was created by Rolex to ensure durability and corrosion resistance while also providing an outstanding polish. There is a sapphire crystal covering the black dial that includes a cyclops magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock.

Currently, the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) is a very coveted piece and will require you to shell out about $15,000 for one! Even the new 2019 GMT-Master II “Batman,” with the Jubilee bracelet and 70 hours power reserve, will command a price well above retail. We all love seeing the superhero win at the end and Joaquin Niemann was that hero on Sunday.

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WOTW: Viktor Hovland’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked



Viktor Hovland’s watch was what looked to be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked after winning the Mayakoba Classic. Viktor made birdie on 18 Sunday to capture the win over Aaron Wise. The Mayakoba was Viktor’s second win on the PGA Tour and he was grinning ear-to-ear while holding up that chameleon trophy.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Reference: 15407ST.OO.1220ST.01
Year: 2016 – Present
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Slate Grey Openworked
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3132, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Price: $55,100 (secondary market: ~$110,000)

Hovland joined the very talented Audemars Piguet “Golf Dream Team” last year in July. But being new on the AP team didn’t stop him from wearing a very special piece! Audemars Piguet has been a big part of golf for years now, partnering with some of the biggest names in golf.

The Royal Oak has been the crown jewel in the Audemars Piguet line since 1972. Audemars Piguet’s Openworked is their take on skeleton dial where you can see the movement. AP has been making an Openworked model since 2010 and this current version since 2016.

The first thing you notice on this Royal Oak is the view of the beautiful movement in place of a traditional dial. The Calibre 3132 is built in-house by AP and contains 245 parts. Just about every slate grey, silver, and pink gold part of the 3132 are hand finished. The other big story of the 3132 is the double balance wheels and dual balance springs. The two are set against each other to self-regulate by reducing the force against the sides of the jewels.

The case on Viktor’s Royal Oak is 41mm and made from stainless steel, but is also fairly thin and just under 10mm tall. The bezel is of course the iconic Audemars Piguet octagon that is held down by 8 hex screws. The back of the case features a display window to view the back of the 3132 and its pink gold self-winding rotor.

That display window is made from the same sapphire crystal that the front of the watch uses. Surrounding the skeleton dial are pink gold hour markers and matching hour, minute, and second hands filled with luminescent material for reading in low light. The Royal Oak bracelet is crafted from stainless steel and comes together with a folding clasp with an AP logo. There is also an all pink gold version of this watch, that I personally love, for an additional $27,000.

Viktor Hovland is one of the young players that will be the future of the PGA Tour and it was great to see him get another win. I know we will see more of him winning and hopefully more beautiful watches on his wrist!

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WOTW: Christiaan Bezuidenhout’s IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42



With the PGA Tour off this week, we head to South Africa for the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Local South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout won by 4 strokes over Richard Bland for his 2nd European Tour win! Christiaan held the feline-inspired trophy with a very beautiful IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 in stainless steel on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Watch: IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42
Reference: IW344203
Year: 2020
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Dial: White Chronograph, Moonphase
Size: 42.4mm
Movement: 82650 Calibre, 46 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 30 Meters
Bracelet: Santoni Black Alligator Strap
Price: $22,900

IWC. International Watch Company, was founded in 1868 by American engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones. He moved to Switzerland and purchased some of the most modern equipment with the idea of creating precision timepieces for the American market.

The Portugieser is one of the most iconic names under the IWC brand. Christiaan has on what looked like the Perpetual Calendar version of the legendary watch. A perpetual calendar is one of the most complicated movements to develop in the watch world. IWC’s 82650 Calibre movement will keep track of the time, date, day, month, leap year, and moon phase for the next 577 years! That means that you only have to set the watch one time, as long as you keep it wound, and it will accommodate all the different days of the months and leap years by itself.

The 82650 is a self-winding automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve and containing 46 jewels. All the parts that are subject to any stress are crafted out of ceramic for its wear-free durability. The stainless steel case is finished in a perfect mirror polish and has a very classical look. It is 42.4mm with a sapphire crystal display back so you can admire that 82650 movement.

The dial on the Portugieser is done in a brilliant white and is finished with polished gold hour markers and hands. The subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock show the date and the day while the bottom subdial shows the month and contains the moon phase dial. The dial is covered by a large domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on each side.

The strap on the Portugieser is crafted out of black alligator leather by Santoni. Santoni has been a luxury leather crafter for many years and is known for its very high-end craftsmanship.

It was great to still be able to watch a little golf while the PGA Tour was off. I want to give a huge congratulations to Christiaan on his second win, and I love the fact that he was wearing such a classy IWC Portugieser on his wrist. They aren’t watches that you see every day, and that makes you appreciate them that much more.

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WOTW Special Edition: Masters champion Dustin Johnson’s partnership with Hublot Watches



This past Sunday, Dustin Johnson won the Masters in historic fashion, setting the tournament scoring record with an impressive 20 under par final tally. As is the tradition at the Masters, Dustin received his green jacket from the previous year’s winner, Tiger Woods, and on DJ’s wrist was his usual timepiece, a Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills.”

Dustin and Hublot formed their partnership back in 2017, but it wasn’t as simple as just shaking hands, signing a check, and putting DJ’s face in some ads. While doing research to find information on Dustin’s very rare Hublot watch—one of only 25 pieces in the world—I was fortunate enough to get in contact with his long-time manager, David Winkle. Being a fellow fan of watches, David was kind enough to put me in touch with a contact at Hublot who identified the limited edition piece on Dustin’s wrist. 

David also kindly offered to give me some details and peek behind the curtain of how the partnership between Dustin and Hublot came to be. As a fan of both golf and watches, you can imagine that it took me less than a second to say “Yes!”

But before we get to that, here are the specs of DJ’s favorite piece.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills”
Reference: 301.KX.1779.LR.BHB17
Limited: Yes, 25 Pieces
Date: 2017
Case:  Tungsten
Bezel: Tungsten
Dial: Blue Carbon Fiber
Size: 44mm
Movement: HUB4100
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Alligator and Blue Rubber
Price: Unknown

David Winkle, CEO of Hambric Sports and Dustin’s manager, has had the fortune of watching DJ grow up in golf, following him since he was a promising college player. From early on, he knew that Dustin was going to be a superstar on the PGA Tour, not only because he had incredible talent on the golf course, but because of the way he was always true to himself. 

Early on, Dustin showed that he was a little different than other golfers around him, having fantastic taste and a more advanced understanding of fashion and style at such a young age. But watch partnerships are very coveted and actually harder to put in place than one might think. Partnerships between companies have to be the right fit, and that doesn’t mean just the monetary amounts—style and being part of the athletes expression of themselves are major factors. Equally, brands are looking for partners that they can try new advertising ideas with and who are open to being a part of their culture. 

The “holy grail” of partnerships is one where you have a great, established brand that the athlete loves and the brand really loves the athlete. Dustin and Hublot found that perfect match, and from what David told me, Dustin has even become friends with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. 

Talks with Hublot started in 2014 as Dustin was a fan of their brand and loved the unique style that Hublot was offering in its watches. Nothing materialized from the initial discussion—and that frequently happens in these deals. Timing is such a big part of a watch partnership, and for the next two years, it just wasn’t right and no deal was signed. David told me that the issues in timing usually consist of brand initiatives, finances, and athlete status in their sport. 

Fast forward to 2016, and Dustin starts off the year playing very well and wins his first major championship, the U.S. Open at Oakmont. At the same time a good friend of David’s started working as a consultant for Hublot, so the two started talking again about a partnership. Dustin finally signed a deal with Hublot in 2017 to become an ambassador for the brand. Dustin loved that he got along so well with the executives and was open to being a part of the company’s advertising plan—when Hublot introduced the Big Bang UNICO Golf watch in Shanghai, Dustin was a huge part of the product launch.

Dustin and Hublot have found that perfect, “holy grail” partnership that so many athletes hope to land. It has to help to have a match-maker like David Winkle, who has been in the sports management world for 34 years, helping guide Dustin to these opportunities.

Now, how about that Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Pave that he was wearing at the pre-Masters interview!

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