No name in the history of timepieces has been more desired, more coveted and more respected than that of Rolex. Since the early 1900s, this brand has been synonymous with luxury, quality and craftsmanship. If you’re fascinated by the history of Rolex and want to learn more about how these fine watches came to be the ultimate status symbol, there’s a new book coming out next year that will be a must-read for the fanciers of luxury timepieces.
The book “Rolex: History, Icons and Record-Breaking Models” is a painstakingly researched introspective into the history of the brand and the influence it has had on fashion as well as the watch industry. Written by journalist and professor of the history of jewelry at Istituto Superiore di Arte Orafa Galdus Mara Cappelletti and world-class watch expert Osvaldo Patrizzi, “Rolex: History, Icons and Record-Breaking Models” traces the origins of the legendary watch back to founder Hans Wilsdorf and his experimental research that led to the creation of the most famous timepiece ever made.
Also included in this book are technical essays, in-depth looks at some of the most iconic Rolexes in history and a final chapter on the auctions at which the brand’s vintage models changed hands. Along the way are pages and pages of glossy photos of Rolex watches in all their elegance and glory.
“Rolex: History, Icons and Record-Breaking Models” will be available starting April 30, 2015, and have a list price of $55. Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders at $41.25 with Amazon Prime. Maybe Uncle Sam will bring you a nice tax refund check that will cover the price of the book, even if you can’t buy a real Rolex with it.
DeMarco Murray Gifts Teammates with Orefici Watches
Why can’t we all have co-workers like DeMarco Murray? The running back who helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 12-4 season surprised 22 of his teammates with the special gift of an Orefici watch to thank them for their part in those wins.
Umberto Cipolla, CEO of Orefici Watches, spilled the beans to TMZ that Murray has purchased 22 of the brand’s timepieces before Christmas, carefully choosing each to reflect the individual style and taste of the players.
What was the tab for this shopping extravaganza? Cipolla refused to reveal an exact total but did say that each watch carried a price tag of $700 to $900. That means Murray dropped somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 on these expressions of his thanks.
Although we don’t know exactly which models Murray chose for his teammates, we wouldn’t be surprised of one of them found the Orefici ORM 14C4807 Regatta Revolution under the tree. This 48mm rose gold luxury sport watch goes for $895.
Since Murray broke his team’s single-season rushing record in 2014, he’ll be able to easily afford those gifts with the signing raise he’s sure to get for 2015.