Famously handsome former soccer player David Beckham has plenty of reasons to smile. This image of him at Wimbledon practically sums it all up, right? Plum seats at one of the year’s best sporting events, the hand propping up his head tattooed with a dedication to his wife Victoria, and a killer watch from Tudor. A brainchild of Hans Wildorf, the same guy behind a little watch company called Rolex, Tudor started as a more affordable version of its parent company, and relaunched in 2010 to much fanfare. But since its relaunch, Tudor has focused on vintage-inspired watches, evolving into less of a cheaper facsimile and more of a sepia-toned version of Rolex. Beckham’s watch exemplifies those qualities: the mustard-colored subdials and that big chunky “bund” bracelet inspired by the ones used by ‘70s race car drivers. I’d be cheesing if I had this watch, too. Also this week: the most fearsome duo in the NBA? LeBron James and Anthony Davis, at least when it comes to watches.
David Beckham’s Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G
The pairing of Tudor and Beckham has always struck me as a spot. Just consider what’s on display in this smiley picture: the mash-up of tattoo and watch. In a world where refined elegance is typically dialed up to 11, the contrast stands out. Two years ago, when Beckham and Tudor announced their partnership, I asked the former soccer star at the launch party about exactly this. “It’s hard to take a picture of me and not have my tattoos in it,” he said. “Some brands that you work with, they want you to wear a long-sleeve shirt. But with Tudor it was something they wanted to show: the rawness that was what they enjoyed and liked.” When Tudor relaunched in the US in 2013, Hodinkee’s Ben Clymer wrote for GQ that the brand is the “working man’s Rolex.” Beckham and his tattoos gives the Tudor Black Bay Chrono a fitting rough-around-the-edges feel.
LeBron James’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “LeBron James”
A lot of celebrities love Audemars Piguet’s classic Royal Oak, but hardly any can say they have their own version of the piece. James collaborated with AP in 2013 for a Royal Oak Offshore fit for a king: a large 44-millimeter case, a grey crocodile-leather strap, and his signature in blue across the caseback. James designed the watch to be worn with a tuxedo, but six years later it appears to go just as well with a white tee.
Anthony Davis’s Rolex Daytona “Rainbow”
The bright lights of Los Angeles have clearly made an immediate impression on Anthony Davis. He’s wearing the more-blinged-out-than-any-custom-job Rolex Rainbow with a run of sapphires covering the bezel. And that’s not all, folks: the watch is also made out of a special Everose gold—a combination of yellow gold, copper, and platinum that Rolex creates in its own foundry.
Alex Morgan’s Hublot Big Bang One Click
“Big Bang” is one way to describe what Alex Morgan and the US women’s national soccer team accomplished in France, where they won their second consecutive World Cup last weekend. It’s also the name of the Hublot watch Morgan wore to the victory parade in New York. The Big Bang attracts elite athletes: PJ Tucker wore one to Paris fashion week last month, and Dwayne Wade has his own collaborative version of the model. But Morgan’s Steel Blue model has a leg up on both of those: its bezel is rimmed with 42 diamonds.
Von Miller’s Richard Mille RM-011 Felipe Massa “Le Mans” in rose gold
Broncos linebacker Von Miller owns a very unique Richard Mille. The RM-011, made for racecar driver Felipe Massa, is out of production by now, so it’s already a rarity, but Miller’s is a special-special edition of the model. The colorful version of the watch, with green running around the interior rim, was made to commemorate Richard Mille’s status as the official timekeeper for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2012—there’s even a checkered green semi-circle above the date window with the logo of the competition. There were only 150 of these made—and even fewer of the rose-gold piece on Miller’s wrist.
Lonzo Ball’s Rolex Day-Date
The most well-attended NBA Summer League in history brought out big NBA names and their watches. Ball combined classic and totally over the top with his piece: a blinged-out Rolex Day-Date. Along with new teammate Zion Williamson, who also wore a Rolex when he attended the NBA draft, Lonzo should have Bron and AD on their heels in no time.
Pete Alonso’s Rolex Sky Dweller
Here we present Pete Alonso’s Sky-Dweller—alternatively a good name for the balls he routinely smacks into other orbits. The Mets rookie won the most exciting Home Run Derby in years and punctuated his victory with a Rolex Sky-Dweller that’s clearly visited a jeweler recently. The Sky-Dweller and its interior ring track two different time zones: one for Alonso and the other, presumably, for the balls he hit from Ohio to somewhere west of the Mississippi.