Thursday, September 30, 2010

Introducing the Coolest Car Ever Made: The 2011 Camaro Convertible


Introducing the Coolest Car Ever Made!!!!!!!!
The 2011 Camaro Convertible

Today Chevy showed off the first production photos of the upcoming 2011 Camaro Convertible. In my personal opinion, this is the coolest, best-looking, best-performing car ever made!!!!!!

Almost 30 years ago, when I was early 15, before I was old enough to drive, I fell in love with the stainless Rolex Submariner and the 1969 Chevy Camaro. When I was 16 I bought my first stainless steel Rolex Submariner, and I drove a 1969 Camaro. I was very unimpressed with the way the 1969 handled and that was the last time I ever wanted an American car.

The irony is that when I was in high-school I wanted to be an automotive designer, but I realized American cars were absolute cardboard junk, and I did not want to move to Germany, so I ended up designing clothes and computers.

So essentially, all my adult life, there was NEVER an American car I wanted to own. This struck me as being totally bizarre that I lived in a country that put a man on the Moon, and designs things like the Apple iPhone, but made half-baked cars.

Today, that all changed, and I am very excited to introduce you to the first American car I would be happy to own–The 2011 Camaro Convertible.


The V8 SS version should start around $40,000 and do 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. In order to get this kind of performance out of a Mercedes SL you have to spend $200.000 for an SL AMG, and in my personal opinion, this looks way cooler!!!!!


The Camaro Convertible will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto show in November and go on sale in February 2011. With the advent of the Chevy Camaro Convertible, I can proudly say, the American Muscle car is back with a vengeance!!!!!!! This car is ultra-cool and I can't wait to get one!!!!!!!


James Bond Watches National Watch Museum Dell Deaton Curator gives Overview...


James Bond Watches
National Watch Museum
Dell Deaton Gives Overview

Hodinkee is a watch website and it recently publised this interesting video staring Dell Deaton who publishes JamesBondWatches.com. Dell Deaton is the guest curator of "Bond Watches, Jame Bond Watches" at the American National Watch and Clock Museum which is located in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

In this video Dell Deaton offers an overview of the James Bond Watch exposition. You can always learn more about the watches in a series I am working on named "The Compete History of James Bond Watches–The Definitive Guide."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rolex NFL Coach: Rex Ryan Cover Of The New York Times September 12, 2010


Rolex NFL Coach: Rex Ryan
Cover Of The New York Times
September 12, 2010

Football season is back in swing, as we head into fall and winter in the northern hemisphere. Rex Rayan is the head coach for the New York Jets NFL Football team and he pictured below sporing his two-tone Rolex Datejust. It is amazing how many NFL coaches wear Rolex watches!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

PROJECT X DESIGNS PXD SS1 Limited Edition Customized Original 50th Anniversary Rolex LV Submariner


Rolex Coolness: Daniel Craig
The Royal Hunt Of The Sun

PROJECT X DESIGNS
PXD SS1 Limited Edition
Customized Original 50th Anniversary Rolex LV Submariner

Daniel Craig is best know for being the current James Bond, and he is a big Rolex fan. In the photo below he is wearing his PROJECT X DESIGNS Customized Original 50th Anniversary Rolex LV Submariner.


Many people argue that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond, and that is saying a lot since he is following in the footsteps of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. In any case (no pun intended) you can always learn about all the watches James Bond actors have worn which I covered in my series named "The Complete History Of James Bond Watches: The Definitive Series," which begins with Ian Flemming and Cary Grant, and goes onto Sean Connery, and walks you through step by step, all the way to the present, with Daniel Craig.


Daniel Craig is sporting a copy of The Royal Hunt Of The Sun which is a play written in 1964 by Peter Shaffer that is about the destruction of the Inca empire by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro.


The PROJECT X DESIGNS customized LV Submariner that Daniel Craig is wearing in no longer available, because they only made 24 of them, and they sold out a while ago, but it is really cool. It has it's crown-guard removed to give it a vintage big-crown look, as well as the cyclops date magnifier removed.


In the future, I have much more exciting news and James Bond history coming up regarding James Bond and Rolex, so stay tuned!!!

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day

I was fooling around recently taking photos of my LV Submariner Oyster bracelet and I took this picture in an interesting position.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Paris Auto Show Preview Land Rover Shows off All-New 2012 Range Rover Evoque


...Paris Auto Show Preview...

Land Rover Shows-Off
All-New 2012 Range Rover Evoque

The all new Range Rover Evoque is a very interesting looking new 4 wheel drive which I am certain is going to be very popular. It is 4 wheel drive and has a 240 Horsepower 2.0-liter turbo EcoBoost Engine made by Ford.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Rolex Tridor Day-Date [Reference 18239B]


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Rolex Tridor Day-Date
[Reference 18239B]

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: Raul's Submariner on an Orange NATO Strap Reference 1680


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Raul's Submariner on an Orange NATO Strap
[Reference 1680]

Rolex Coolness: Antione de Caunes French Actor, Writer and Film Director Vintage Rolex Submariner Reference 5512


Rolex Coolness: Antione de Caunes
French Actor, Writer and Film Director
Vintage Rolex Submariner Reference 5512

Update: Pierre from France wrote in and said "I believe Antione's watch is not a 5512, but actually a Tudor that Antione said had been his father's watch."


Friday, September 17, 2010

Rolex Breguet Ad Yellow Gold Day-Date


1974 Breguet Pocket-Watch Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date

Pocket-watches from
The Hans Wilsdorf Collection

Nadav is a fan of Jake's Rolex World and he send in this vintage Rolex magazine advertisement with a note saying it is his favorite Rolex ad of all time!!! Thanks for sharingNadav!!!

It is fascinating to note the pocketwatches are from the Hans Wilsdorf collection. Hans Wilsdorf was the founder of Rolex and he was a huge fan of vintage pocketwatches. Speaking of Hans Wilsdorf, I have an amazing story coming up that I hope to publish this holiday season that covers Hans Wilsdorf's amazing career achievements!!!


I was surprised to learn from this ad that the Breguet in this ad that was made in 1825 had "One of the first automatic movements." I always thought Rolex made the first "Automatic" movement when they patented their automatic Perpetual movement in 1931?

I never realized pocket-watches had automatic movements almost 200 years ago!?!?! It just goes to show that indeed, we do learn something new everyday!!!

I must also admit, the more I study this ad, the more I like it, and understand why it is Nadav's favorite. It is really profound, the more you think about it!!!!!

I argue, that in order to truly understand and appreciated Rolex today, we must completely understand all of Rolex history–especially Hans Wilsdorf's achievements, and to best understand Hans Wildorf, we must understand what horological history inspired him...

Rolex history is basically like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. First you begin by separating all the puzzle pieces with straight edges, and you figure out how to put them together, then you start working inward, which is exactly what I have been doing all these years.

I don't know that we will ever have all the pieces, but I am certain we will have most of them in place. I must also mention that as we get closer to the center of the puzzle, I am still amazed at how incredible and rich the history is!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day: Uli's Polar White Rolex Explorer II


Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day
Uli's Polar White Rolex Explorer II

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Joe Paterno and Bear Bryant Legendary Football Coaches


Joe Paterno and Bear Bryant
Legendary College Football Coaches

Otto from Japan sent in this first image and said:

"Hi Jake,

Though I've been considering the trade of my Day-Date for a Day-Date II, I am constantly reminded that the 36m version has withstood the test of time. Tomorrow, Alabama plays Penn State, so this old photo of Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno was used for an article on ESPN. It looks like the Bear is wearing his President; and it looks pretty big on that giant of a man!

Otto"


Joe Paterno is also a Rolex fan and has been wearing his trademark Pepsi GMT for decades as seen in the following photos.





Lume Shot Of The Day: Effkins Tudor Heritage Chrono


Lume Shot Of The Day
Bernhard's Tudor Heritage Chrono

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rolex Coolness: Dolph Lundgren Expendables Movie Premiere Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona


Rolex Coolness: Dolph Lundgren
Expendables Movie Premiere
Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona


Friday, September 10, 2010

Random Video Of The Day: Dior Homme: Un Rendez Vous Starring Jude Law–Directed by Guy Ritchie


Random Coolness Video Of The Day
Dior Homme: Un Rendez Vous
Starring Jude Law–Directed by Guy Ritchie

There seem to be a new genre of cool commercials that are 5 minutes long and are directed by famous directors. This one is from Guy Ritchie, who was married to Madonna (can you imagine?) It is pretty cool so I gave it a "Random Coolness Video Of The Day" but it could just as easily be a "Random Hotness Video Of The Day."

For some reason, I think this video is better and more interesting than any James Bond movie I have ever seen!?!

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day SMBRNR's Rolex GMT Master [Reference 1675: Jubilee Bracelet]


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
sBmRnR's Rolex GMT Master
[Reference 1675: Jubilee Bracelet]

GMT Master models always look so cool on a Jubilee. Don't get me wrong, because I love the look of an Oyster bracelet, it is just cool to switch it up with a different vibe.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's A Sign Of The Time


It's A Sign Of The Time

Bob Dylan sang, "The times, they're a changin'" and my pal Jacek took this photo that shows a new Rolex Day-Date II next to its great uncle, which is a vintage Submariner. Of course the irony is the Day-Date is much larger and meatier than the Submariner.

Human beings have been growing a lot over the last century, so it makes sense watches would scale-up the same way. Fascinating juxtaposition.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day Philippe's Milgauss Magnificence


Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Philippe's Milgauss Magnificence

Since we have recently been checking out all this really cool 1950s Rolex watches and characters, I thought it would be fitting to share this amazing image Philippe took of his first generation Rolex Milgauss. It really is magnificent!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rolex Coolness: Donald Draper- Mad Men Rolex Explorer-Back To The Future


Rolex Super-Coolness: Donald Draper
Mad Men Rolex Explorer
Back To The Future

Mad Men is probably the best show on TV today and it was created and written and produced by one of the producers of the Sopranos named Matthew Weiner. Mad Men just won three Emmy Awards last week, and has won a total of 13 Emmy Awards despite the fact it is only in the middle of its fourth season!!!

The main star of Mad Men is named Donald Draper and he is played unbelievably well by Jon Hamm. In the photo below we see Jon Hamm wearing his now trademark Rolex Explorer.


I can't help but wonder if Jon Hamm wearing the Rolex is product placement or not? I remember last season Jon Hamm talked about getting Rolex as an account, and suddenly this season he is wearing a Rolex Explorer. The reason I think it might be product placement is because he is always wearing it out of his French cuffs proudly, almost like he is trying to constantly show it off, which is just fine by me ;-)


One of the challenges is despite the fact that Season 4 takes place in 1965, his Rolex Explorer appears to have a synthetic sapphire crystal which would make it a bit historically inaccurate.


I guess it does not matter if it is historically incorrect, because in the photo below we see Jon Hamm on the set of Mad Men rocking his 4th Generation iPhone while he is wearing his modern Rolex Explorer ;-) This is fascinating when you look at the corded dial-up phone pictured above and compare it with the 4G iPhone pictured below.


In this next photo we see two of the actors on Mad Men rocking an Apple Macbook Pro on the set of Mad Men which is also kind of funny in and interesting way. I have written extensively in the past about Mad Men, which is fascinating.


Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Moonphase Rose Gold: Reference 5396R: 38mm


Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Moonphase
Rose Gold: Reference 5396R: 38mm









Sunday, September 5, 2010

Rod Serling: The Twilight Zone


Rod Serling
The Twilight Zone
Hamilton Ventura

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension–a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man.

"It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge.

"You're about to enter into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone!!!"

Rolex Serling was an amazingly talented and articulate man, among many other amazing achievements, he is perhaps best known for creating The Twilight Zone. In my opinion, man better epitomizes late 1950s style than Rod Serling, and we see him in the photo below sporting his classic Hamilton Ventura.


This first set of interviews with Mike Wallace is just amazing!!! To see two TV pioneers talking is just incredible!!!











I believe Rod Serling wore a yellow gold Rolex GMT Master on a Jubilee bracelet in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but I have not found a close-up photo to confirm this. In this next set of videos, you can see it on his wrist.




I wrote a story on Jack Klugman which features a great Twilight Zone episode he starred in.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: Abel's Rolex Rose Gold Bubbleback


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Abel's Rose Gold Rolex Bubbleback
[Reference 3131: Circa 1940]

Abel is from Argentina and he is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World. He recently purchased this beautiful Rose Gold Bubbleback that was made in 1940. This beautiful watch is all original and it almost looks like it was made yesterday. Beautiful watch Abel!!! Wear it well...


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