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WOTW Time Machine: Graeme McDowell’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix from the 2010 U.S. Open

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Graeme McDowell won his first major at the 2010 U.S. Open—a one-stroke win at the iconic Pebble Beach golf course. His even-par final round was good enough to earn him the Wanamaker trophy! With his popular painter’s style cap on his head and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix on his wrist, he happily raised that large silver trophy in the air.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Grand Prix”
Reference: 26290IO.OO.A001VE.01
Year: 2010
Limited: Yes, 1750 pieces
Case: Forged Carbon Fiber
Bezel: Forged Carbon Fiber
Dial: Red/Black Negative Méga Tapisserie
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Calf Leather with Red Alcantara Inserts
Price: $34,500 (~$21,500 today)

Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore lineup in 1993 and since then it has become one of the most iconic sport watch lines in the world. It is the younger, but much larger, brother to the Royal Oak and typically takes design inspiration from the sea or the racetrack.

In 2010 AP created the Grand Prix special edition watches to celebrate the world of motorsports and their involvement. Audemars Piguet made 1750 of these Titanium and forged carbon fiber models, 650 18k pink gold, and 75 in platinum. Forged carbon fiber has been used in golf as well, Callaway used it in the crowns of their woods for a few years. It’s created by taking shredded carbon fiber cloth, mixing them with resin, and then pressing them into a mold to fit the desired shape. This process allows AP to create very intricate shapes and details that couldn’t be done with traditional carbon fiber.

The 44mm case is made from forged carbon while the right side, with the crown and pushers, is made from titanium. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore octagon bezel is made from matching forged carbon and held securely in place with 8 titanium hex bolts. Those bolts are matched on the titanium caseback where there is a window where you can see the Cailbre 3126 movement.

Inside that carbon bezel is a dial influenced by racing, the sub-dials are designed to look like gauges from a race car. The red and black Negative Méga Tapisserie dial contrasts really well against the gold inner ring. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and the glareproofed sapphire crystal has a magnifying lens over it. Inside this high-performance timepiece is a self-winding automatic movement made in house by Audemars Piguet. The 3126 runs at 21600 bph, contains 59 jewels and has 50 hours of power reserve. A hand-stitched calf leather strap, with Alcantara inserts, and red piping wraps comfortably around your wrist. The leather strap comes together with a matching titanium pin buckle.

Graeme’s U.S. Open win was a great time for golf, and it was exciting to see a player not known for power win. Graeme hasn’t really been in contention in recent majors, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is a major winner and one of the nicest guys in golf. He has been seen with many more Audemars Piguet watches since then and hopefully, I can feature him again soon on WOTW.

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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. jgpl001

    Aug 20, 2020 at 4:52 am

    No everyones cup of tea, but still a super cool watch
    Its hard to go wrong with AP if you can afford it

    • Brian Knudson

      Aug 20, 2020 at 9:02 am

      The Offshore line tends to be more love/hate and flashy. I love the forged carbon case and bezel, but could do with a little less busy dial.

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

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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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WOTW: Ally McDonald’s Rolex Datejust 36 “White Roman”

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Ally McDonald turned 28 on Sunday and celebrated with her first win at the LPGA Tour’s Drive On Championship. She shot -3 on Sunday to win by one shot over Danielle Kang. Like all golf tournaments, she received a trophy for her win, but she also received what looked like a Rolex Datejust 36 in stainless steel and rose gold!

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Watch: Rolex Datejust 36
Reference: 126231-0015
Year: 2018
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oysterseel
Bezel: Everose Gold, Fluted
Dial: White with Roman Numerals
Size: 36mm
Movement: Caliber 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Jubilee Oystersteel and Everose Gold
Price: $12,000

The Rolex Datejust has been one of the most popular Rolex models since it was introduced in 1945. That Datejust release was to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary and was only available in 18ct gold. Ally’s Datejust is also made from gold, but it is Rolex’s own Everose gold alloy that joins the 904L Oystersteel.

The Datejust is made in 41, 36, and 31 millimeter sizes to fit any size wrist. The images look like McDonald received the 36mm option that has a case made from Oystersteel, Rolex’s own stainless steel. The case features a screw-down caseback and a Twinlock sealed waterproof crown. The fluted bezel is another legendary Rolex design, and it is crafted from 18ct Everose gold. The fluted bezel was initially designed to help screw the bezel down to the case but now serves as a distinct feature on the Datejust. Inside the bezel is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops lens over the date at three o’clock.

The dial is classic while but the hour markers are Roman numerals, beautifully crafted from Everose gold. The dial is mostly hand-finished and all done in-house at Rolex’s factory, so they have complete control over the quality. The hour, minute, and sweeping second hands are all made from matching Everose gold and polished for a long-lasting shine. Inside the Datejust is Rolex’s 3235 self-winding, automatic movement that offers an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 also includes their Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring for better efficiency and Paraflex shock absorbers for added durability.

The bracelet on McDonald’s Datejust is Rolex’s Jubilee style, done in Oystersteel and Everose gold. The Jubilee bracelet was also launched with the Datejust back in 1945. The 5 piece links are designed to be extremely adaptable and comfortable while on the wrist. The 36mm Datejust features Rolex’s folding Oysterclasp and contains an Easylink extension link to adjust the band 5mm for added comfort.

Congratulations to Ally for her first win on tour, that has to be the best birthday gift anyone could ask for. If you can’t win a golf tournament as a birthday gift, then a Rolex Datejust 36 in steel and rose gold would still be a wonderful second option!

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