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WOTW: Dustin Johnson’s Hublot Big Bang Ceramic Blue

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Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship, fighting off a hard-charging Kevin Streelman on Sunday. It was DJ’s 21st win on tour and after the win, he put on the Champion’s blazer, held the trophy high in the air, and had on his wrist what looked to be a Hublot Big Bang 44 in Ceramic Blue.

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Watch: Hublot Big Bang 44 Ceramic Blue
Reference: 301.CI.7170.LR
Limited: No
Date: Current
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Blue
Size: 44mm
Movement: HUB4100, 25 Jewels
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber and Alligator Leather
Price: $16,100

Lens Position: 3175

If you are not big into watches you probably don’t hear the name Hublot a whole lot (and you are probably not reading this article). But Hublot is a Swiss luxury watchmaker that was started in 1976 by Carlo Crocco. Hublot, pronounced “oo-blow”, means porthole in French and many styles have a look influenced by that part of a ship. The Big Bang line was launched in 2005 at Baselworld as an attempt to resurrect the Hublot brand. Since then the Big Bang line of watches has been one of the most well known and highly sought after watches in the world.

Dustin Johnson has been a Hublot athlete since 2017, joining as the brand launched the Big Bang UNICO Golf watch. DJ’s Big Bang is the larger 44mm version, but they are available in smaller 41 and 38-millimeter sizes. Black Ceramic makes up the case and it is almost scratch-proof with only diamond being harder. Hublot ceramic is also lightweight and very durable, thanks to its base of zirconium that is sintered at high temperatures. The ceramic is then micro-blasted for a satin look and softer touch. Dark navy blue accents pieces are used on the side of the case and to separate the case from the bezel. A matching black ceramic bezel sits atop the case and is attached using 6 H-shaped titanium screws that have come to be synonymous with Hublot.

The outside of the bezel is knurled for a unique look but doesn’t aid in traction since the bezel does not rotate. A dark blue dial sits under a sapphire crystal that has had an anti-reflective treatment applied. The navy dial is finished in a sunray style that reflects light for a more luxurious look. This Big Bang also contains 3 sub-dials in matching navy blue at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock while a date window sits at 4:30. Brushed silver hands and hour markers are filled with luminescent material for easy reading in low light.

The back of the case is Black Ceramic and contains a display back for viewing the HUB4100 movement. Six traditional screws hold the back in place and help seal the watch, giving it a 100-meter water resistance rating. The 4100 is a self-winding automatic that contains 25 jewels and offers 42 hours of power reserve. The HUB4100 is a chronograph movement with an ETA Caliber 7753 base. The rubber and alligator skin strap is attached with 2 titanium H-screws on each side and comes together with a stainless steel deployment buckle clasp.

I reached out to Hublot and that is the reference they confirmed Dustin was wearing after his win at the Travelers. I think there is a mistake and he is wearing a different model, but have not been able to find it. Dustin’s watch to me clearly has silver sub-dials, a white date window background, and what could be a textured dial. Hublot thinks those differences are just light reflection, but every angle of the watch I saw looked different than the Big Bang Ceramic Blue. Here are the photos of the watch, let me know what you think.

Congrats to Dustin on his 21st win on the PGA Tour! There aren’t too many players who will ever get to that number, and it puts him in a special place. Wearing a Hublot Big Bang also puts you in a special place, since they are not something you see every day.

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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!

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  1. BC

    Jun 30, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    He wore that same watch at the Presidents Cup. Definitely not the same reference that Hublot told you.

    You can see it here:
    https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/team-member-dustin-johnson-during-a-practice-round-prior-to-news-photo/1187900930?adppopup=true

    • Knudson

      Jul 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      Exactly right. Has to be some other reference that I haven’t been able to find.

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WOTW: Kevin Na’s Rolex Datejust 41 in Stainless Steel and White Gold

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Kevin Na captured his fifth PGA Tour win at the Sony Open in Hawaii with an amazing three-straight birdies to shoot a final round 65. After his one-stroke win he held the golden trophy high in the air with his Rolex Datejust 41 watch also glistening in the Hawaii sun!

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Watch: Rolex Datejust 41
Reference: 126334-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Fluted White Gold
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,650

We have feature Kevin before on WOTW, wearing his Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Red Quartz TPT. This week he went a little more subtle and was sporting a stainless steel Rolex Datejust 41 with a blue dial and Oyster bracelet. The Rolex Datejust has been an iconic watch in the Rolex line since it was introduced in 1945. The introduction of the Datejust was to commemorate Rolex’s 40’s anniversary and was the first automatic watch to have a date that changes automatically at midnight.

There have been a few different Datejust versions over the years and Na’s Datejust 41 is the latest of the long lineage. At 41mm this oversized Datejust case is made from a single block of Rolex’s 904L Oystersteel. The case back screws into the case and helps give the Datejust a 100-meter water resistance rating. The Datejust wasn’t designed to be a sports watch, more of a classic piece, but still offers enough capability for most activities. On top of the case is Rolex’s legendary fluted bezel, crafted from white gold. The dial is a bright blue done in a sunray finish.

The sunray finish is created using a brushing technique that creates grooves running from the center to the edge of the dial. This sunray finish gives the dial a much richer and deeper shine. The rectangular hour markers are done in white gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. The date window is at 3 o’clock and Rolex has designed the movement to change the date so quickly at midnight that it is instant, no slowly moving date when the time gets near 12am. Covering the dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a magnifying cyclops lens over the date.

The movement inside the Datejust 41 is Rolex’s own Calibre 3235 that is fully built in-house and gives the wearer an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. Calibre 3235 is a self-winding automatic and contains Rolex’s own Parachrom hairspring for better efficiency. The 3235 contains 31 jewels and is a certified Swiss chronometer to ensure its accuracy. While the Datejust is typically known for having the classic Rolex Jubilee bracelet, Kevin’s sported the more subtle stainless steel Oyster bracelet.

Kevin is a fan favorite on the PGA Tour and it is always great to see him walk into the winner’s circle. I hope to see more of his watch collection and more of his smiling face holding trophies in the future.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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