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Let’s cut to the chase: Tom Brady has one of the most impressive watch collections in the world. Rolex, Patek, IWC, the works. (Heck, you may even be tired of hearing us talk about it.) Alongside John Mayer, his array of impressive pieces is second to none. But his Richard Mille pieces are something else, man. Have you seen this latest one?
Brady was spotted at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament rocking an RM 11-04—a.k.a. the Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph Roberto Mancini. Retailing for $189,500 upon its debut back in 2019, this black-and-blue banger was designed in concert with Roberto Mancinci, then head coach of Squadra Azzurra, now head coach of the Saudi national team.
Even by RM’s notoriously hi-tech standards, this is no “typical” luxury timepiece: A quick glance at the dial reveals a host of unusual features that allow it to track half-time, extra time, and overtime in a soccer match. (Football—“soccer” to we Americans—is played in two 45-minute halves, with a 15-minute break in between and extra time added at the referee’s discretion.) An in-house movement with 68 jewels and an 18-karat white gold winding rotor powers the watch, offering flyback chronograph capability as well as an annual calendar.
Crafting such a caliber is no small feat—R&D can take years on a more run-of-the-mill complication, but the RM 11-04 is unique, and the brand takes its movement technology seriously. To that end, this one boasts a Grade 5 titanium baseplate and bridges; variable-geometry rotor; a Glucydur balance; dual barrels for increased stability; and skeletonized construction. The bottom line? A space shuttle’s worth of tech has gone into making this watch function.
Beyond its wildly idiosyncratic movement and fascinating dial, the RM 11-04 has many of the features that make RM stand out in a crowded marketplace: a high-tech, tonneau-shaped case fashioned from shock-resistant Carbon TPT; an attention-grabbing color scheme, executed here in the form of the Italian red, white, and green Tricolore; and a rubber strap to make everyday wear a comfortable proposition.
It remains to be seen if Brady can convince RM to make him an American football watch—but it’s already thrilling enough to see him step out wearing this ultra-rare, sports-themed grail.
Steven Yeun’s Cartier Tank Louis
Last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, Steven Yeun wore a classic Tank Louis Cartier. The Beef star’s choice of wrist candy has, much like Sinner’s Submariner, full watch-guy approval: Launched in the early 1920s, the Tank Louis Cartier was actually the second Tank model (following the Normale), but its rectangular design codes and smooth brancards quickly established it as the prototypical version in the eyes of both collectors and laypeople everywhere. Available in yellow or rose gold with hand-wound or quartz movements, it’s a classic that’s been in style for over a century.
Tyrese Haliburton’s Cartier Crash
Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton was spotted in NYC wearing a watch he secured from two important dealers, Mike Nouveau and Zoe Abelson, back in December. A modern Cartier Crash, it’s a piece that has become the stuff of sartorial (as well as horological) legend lately, with celebs like Tyler, The Creator co-signing and bumping valuations into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The horological part of the legend involves a fiery car crash that turned a Bagnoire into the melted inspiration for a Dali-like timepiece; this has since been disproven, with a much more pedestrian explanation involving a request for a watch “unlike any other.” The resulting watch, however, is a true piece of contemporary art.
Ben Simmons’s Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce “Rainbow” Chronograph Ref. 7968/300R
Brooklyn Nets point guard Ben Simmons took up the rainbow trend when he rocked a Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce “Rainbow” Chronograph ref. 7968/300R this past week. Housed in a 39.9mm rose gold case, it ups the ante somewhat on the “Rainbow” Daytona by offering a bezel set with 40 multicolored sapphires—but also, 40 diamonds. Its white mother-of-pearl dial, meanwhile, features multicolored sapphire hour markers, while the strap’s clasp has 10 diamonds. Designed by the maison “especially for modern, active women,” the ref. 7968/300R is yet another watch being co-opted by confident men who care little for gender designations.
Jannik Sinner’s Rolex Submariner
Italian tennis phenom Jannik Sinner clinched his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open wearing a Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116610LN, the previous-gen Sub that predates the current ref. 126610LN. A 2019 Rolex testimonee, Sinner chose a watch more often worn by the brand’s ambassadors in the realms of science and exploration, but one that consistently gets full-on “watch guy” approval for its quality, purpose-built design, and good looks. (Indeed, it doesn’t get much more classic than a good ol’ Submariner—says a guy who’s typing this while wearing a Submariner.) His personal ref. 116610LN features a 40mm steel case and a Cerachrom bezel insert.
Originally Appeared on GQ