The Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch


This RL piece is a stunner.  I have seen it in person and it is quite striking.  The Guilloche bezel and dial with the 18K rose gold are very Breguet like.  The movement made by Piaget for Ralph Lauren, is manual winding.  The watch is attached to a beautiful black alligator strap.  I think this watch is very tastefully done.  Note the guilloche close up below.

Now go get yourself one!

Brilliant Guitar Player & Vintage Watch Collector John Mayer Performs “In Your Atmosphere”


John Mayer – whether you love or hate his music, you have to admit the guy plays a mean guitar!  I absolutely love this song “In Your Atmosphere” performed live at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

And then you have the man’s passion for classic vintage watches.  He is an avid collector and owns timepieces worth tens of thousands of dollars.

John Mayer - Rolex Submariner

John Mayer 2006 - IWC Big Pilot. Photo Credit: Daniel Locke

John Mayer @ Taste of Chicago 2007 - Rolex Submariner

Mayer has a number of tattoos. These include: “Home” and “Life” (from the song title) on the back of his left and right arms respectively, “77” (his year of birth) on the left side of his chest, and a Koi like fish on his right shoulder. His entire left arm is covered in a sleeve that he acquired gradually, ending in April 2008; it includes: “SRV” (for his idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan) on his shoulder, a decorated rectangle on his biceps, a dragon-like figure on his inner arm, and various other floral designs. In 2003, he got a tattoo of three squares on his right forearm, which, he has explained, he will fill in gradually.   In the next 2 photos from 2010 … sporting a full blown sweet looking sleeve.

John Mayer in London 2010 - Rolex Submariner. Photo Credit: Landmark

John Mayer 2008 - Cartier Pasha. Photo Credit: Chris Hatcher

Another bit of style trivia on John Mayer … he has an extensive collection of sneakers, estimated at more than 200 pairs.  Rock on!

Watches For The Classic CEO


Pieces that stand the test of time, reflect your personality and style, an investment in the future or an heirloom that can be handed down from generation to generation …  Whatever your reason or sentiment, here are a few pieces worth acquiring.

1.) For the Global CEO on the road.

If you think the swiss make the best watches you are partially correct.  Most watch enthusiasts overlook the German company A. Lange & Sohne that can compete with the finest swiss makers.  The A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone features a mechanical manual winding movement with a 72-hour power reserve; separate day/night indicators for local and home times; gray dial with Lange’s patented large date display; sapphire-crystal, transparent case back; and 41.9mm, 18k rose gold case on a hand-stitched, brown crocodile strap with an 18k rose gold ardillon buckle.

The Patek Philippe World Time features a mechanical automatic movement; 24 time zone indication; and 39.5mm, platinum case on a dark blue alligator strap with a platinum deployant clasp.  The 5130P is a throwback to an earlier era. The unique ring shaped hour hand is drawn from the original Patek World Time watches from the 1930’s and gives the piece a wonderful vintage feel. A larger case size (now 39.5mm, as opposed to 37mm on the older model) adds improved legibility, and the elegant, tinted blue guilloché work makes this model a horological work of art.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox International watch (ref. 1412471) features a mechanical automatic movement; alarm function; central alarm disc with world time zone indications; and 40mm, 18k rose gold case on a black alligator strap with an 18k rose gold deployant clasp.  Released as a tribute to the historic 1958 model, the Memovox Worldtimer includes a unique feature: its central alarm disc also shows the world time zones.

2.) For the CEO that has tried the rest, now wants the best.

With its elegant “tonneau” case, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5013 is the first minute repeater that features a self-winding movement as well as a calendar mechanism with a retrograde date hand.

What’s special about a minute repeater?  Watch the engineering marvel in action below …

Enough said.  This Patek is a timeless classic!

In the IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater, depressing the slide causes a delicate strike train to sound the time out audibly in hours, quarters and minutes: the full hours on a lower tuned gong, the quarters with a double strike on both gongs, and the number of min-utes that have elapsed since the last quarter on the higher of the two gongs. The repeating mechanism consists of over 200 individual parts working together as if they were in a mechanical orchestra. An all-or-nothing piece ensures that the chimes are only struck if the repeating slide is fully depressed. The watch is equipped with the 98950-calibre hunter pocket watch movement, which comes with stylistic elements from the early Jones calibres. Some of these, such as the elongated index, the balance with its high-precision adjustment cam and the distinctively decorated plate and bridge made of nickel-silver with gold-plated engravings, can be seen through the transparent sapphire-glass back. This model is limited to 500 watches.

Listen in.

3.) For the CEO that wants to add add to his unique collection.

The Vacheron Constantin, Patrimony Traditionnelle openworked perpetual calendar Reference: 1120 QP SQ
Energy: automatic
Number of jewels: 36
Frequency: 2.75 Hz (19’800 v.p.h.)
Power-reserve (hours): 40 approx.
Indication: hours, minutes, perpetual calendar (hand-type calendar, day of the week, month, leap year, moon phases)

 

With its all-mechanical numeric display for hours and minutes, the LANGE ZEITWERK By A. Lange & Sohne symbolises a leap into a new era – after all, both indications leap forth instantaneously. Contrary to continuously running (creeping) displays, it always tells the time dependably and unambiguously. Moreover, its innovative configuration of discs results
in numerals of probably unmatched size.  Brilliant!

Ben Hwang’s pride and joy


My dear friend Ben Hwang (a classic gentleman in his own right) let me photograph and include his beautiful wrist piece for readers of TCG.  This Rolex Daytona is in white gold with a black leather strap.  The Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona has the following features: 40mm 18K white gold case, tachymeter engraved bezel, screw-down push buttons, black dial, white gold hour markers, and black strap with 18K white gold deployable fliplock clasp.  A beautiful piece.