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Well, this is not the season LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers were hoping for. But! what impressed me the most, even in a slow season, was its rotation of watches: the Patek Philippe Nautilus with a Tiffany dial, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual in Tiffany blue (unofficial), the killer Richard Milles and the Audemars Experimental stakes. The icing on James’ cake is this 50th anniversary edition of the AP Royal Oak.
As it seems, this special edition Royal Oak was recently launched to commemorate the model’s 50th anniversary. It features a yellow gold case with a “smoked” dial – the yellow gold in the center that dissipates into a black track that runs along the edge of the watch face. A representative for the brand claims that James is the first person, at least in the United States, to wear the watch in public. Add that to James’ GOAT resume. Another thing I love about this watch is how well it fits into the Lakers universe, not just because the Lakers wear gold and purple, but because she is so showy, so Showtime! Win time, the new HBO show about the creation of the Lakers dynasty, features many gold watches on characters like Jerry West and Norm Nixon. Even if his season doesn’t end the way he planned, at least LeBron has that. Also this week, Barack Obama, Baby Keem and the next Rafael Nadal.
Barack Obama’s Rolex Cellini
These days, most Rolex fans gravitate to the brand’s steamy sports models like the Submariner, GMT, and Daytona. However, Cellini, the most dressed in the crown, has at least one important co-signer in the person of Barack Obama. This is Obama’s important event. He wore it at the White House this week, and it’s also the piece he wears on his official presidential portrait.
Baby Keem’s Rolex GMT-Master II
On Baby Keem’s now Grammy-winning track “Family Ties,” Kendrick Lamar claims his allegiance to the “Rollie gang.” So it’s only fitting that Keem wears an excellent Rolex GMT to accept the trophy. The black and brown GMT known as Root Beer is currently trending in the Rolex universe – Rolex-owned Tudor has just announced its own GMT with this color combination.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut by Blake Griffin
Like Keem, Griffin wore a traditionally stainless steel sports watch cast in a much more luxurious rose gold. The Brooklyn Net has a soft spot for these warm gold watches: it showed off its Root Beer GMT earlier this season.
Carlos Alcaraz’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
18-year-old tennis phenom Alcaraz is being hailed as the next Rafael Nadal despite the two having little in common apart from their Spanish heritage. Among their differences are their watch preferences. Nadal is a longtime Richard Mille man collaborating on special edition pieces, while Alcaraz takes the more traditional route for tennis greats. After winning the Miami Open last weekend, Alcaraz was seen wearing a Rolex Daytona. In that sense, at least, Alcaraz is more like the next Roger Federer.