October 15, 2012
There isn’t a watch more comfortable or more versatile for me than the Rolex. I had once taken a short break from wearing mine, for the sheer ubiquity of the watch in Asia—I got my first steel Datejust as a gift from my grandfather in first grade—but now I find myself fascinated at how the seemingly anti-design, anti-fashion watch is now quite fashionable. To many a man who come to me asking for recommendations for their first nice watch, I’d say get a classically masculine steel Rolex.
A recent addition to my watch family: the 50th Anniversary Edition Rolex Submariner, featuring the limited-edition green ceramic bezel. Worn with a Missoni sweater and 3.1 Phillip Lim shorts.
I still get the most use out of the black-faced, jubilee bracelet steel Datejust that I had since I was a child. It’s a blank canvas watch that works with the busiest of outfits. Worn with a Prada shirt, Topman shorts, and a vintage yellow rhinestone ring.
There is something so handsome about the strong, sporty bezel and bracelet and the bright silver dial on the Yachtmaster. I like it best worn with lots of silver and clothes of an Ecclesiastical persuasion. Worn with a top and pants by Damir Doma, rings by Martin Margiela and Langoliers.
A steel-and-gold Rolex with a diamond bezel may be a bit naff, but I think it could be quite charming worn with a bit of irony. Worn with a Kenzo x New Era cap and an American Apparel t-shirt.
Few things feel richer than a heavy hunk of pure solid gold on your wrist. For now, this will have to remain on loan from my father, to whom I had to return the watch after photographing it. Worn with a Damir Doma jacket and an RRL shirt.