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  2. Richard Mille to Daniel Wellington, Odell Beckham Jr’s Watch Collection

    We should really talk about Odell Beckham Jr., Richard Mille, and Daniel Wellington, because… well, it’s a little complicated. So let’s delve into what the football superstar and these watch brands have gotten themselves into. Richard Mille Gets Time on the Field  Earlier this year, the never-shy Cleveland Browns wide receiver took to the field against the Tennessee Titans wearing an eye-catching orange-and-black Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren. A few things were odd about that move. First, it’s a violation of NFL rules and Beckham surely knew he’d be looking at a fine. Okay, he’s got a $16.75 million salary deal so he’s probably not going to sweat a few bucks over some uniform violation. And the bright orange timepiece matched the colors of his uniform, so maybe the choice made sense. What follows didn’t make as much sense…at least not at first glance. That Richard Mille RM 11-03 has a price tag of just under $200,000. It’s an automatic fly back chronograph and it made a big impression when it was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. But Odell made a seemingly offhand, and somewhat derogatory, comment that the watch was just “plastic.” But it’s not. It’s made of a highly durable mix of Orange Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. Unless this longtime watch lover suddenly can’t tell the difference between plastic and a high-end carbon composite, this is a little weird. View this post on Instagram “My haters cant even get subliminal attention…” A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 6, 2019 at 3:32pm PDT It Gets Better for Odell Beckham Jr. Then Beckham went even bigger with a Richard Mille in a high-profile setting. This time it was during warm-ups against the New York Jets. He was spotted wearing a Richard Mille RM 56-01. That skeletonize tourbillon with a sapphire case costs almost two million bucks! It was one of only five that were produced in 2013, when Beckham was a college player. But, as keen observers were quick to point out, he was wearing a fake. Reporters asked about the watch after the game and he oddly replied, “I think Daniel Wellington might be a better watch than these.” Okay, more curious still. A few days later, things started to make more sense when Daniel Wellington announced on Instagram that Odell was their latest brand ambassador, joining such stars as Hailey Bieber, Chinese singer Lay Zhang, soccer star Paulo Dybala and Bollywood actors Radhika Apte and Ayushmann Khurrana. So we can guess one of two things happened: 1) Beckham used Richard Mille to covertly drum up publicity for his new gig at Daniel Wellington, or 2) Wellington saw the publicity as their chance to move in and nab him as their ambassador. Either way, Richard Mille seems left out on the sideline. Blinged-Out with Breitling and Rolex There was a time, and not too long ago, that Odell Beckham Jr.’s love of luxury watches wasn’t so complicated. Soon after he signed on to play for the New York Giants in 2014 he treated himself to a custom-made Breitling chronograph. He’s one of the most fashion-forward players in the league. So it’s no wonder his luxury timepiece had a diamond-encrusted bezel and a nearly blinding diamond-studded dial. He celebrated the watch on his Instagram account with the quote, “We all have the same 24 hrs in a day. It’s how we use them that makes all the difference… #blessed.” View this post on Instagram On ? A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 18, 2016 at 5:39am PDT Diamonds seem to be a thing with Beckham, who got attention at last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party for wearing a heap of diamond chains over his designer suit. He’s partial to sporting Louis Vuitton suits with sneakers and almost always flashes some ice. So it’s no surprise that his go-to Rolex Day-Date is also a diamond-encrusted gem. Odell Beckham Jr. has been spotted on red carpets wearing the glittering timepiece and has also shared images of this fave on Instagram. What’s Next for Odell Beckham Jr. and Wellington? It seems that Odell is all in on his burgeoning love affair with Daniel Wellington watches. He’s joined forces with fellow ambassadors Paulo Dybala and Hailey Bieber to spearhead the Swedish watchmaker’s launch of its first-ever linked bracelet timepieces. Until recently, Wellington’s minimalist offerings only came on fabric, leather or mesh straps. Under the Iconic Link banner, they’re offering the same no-nonsense style with the watch faces but have beefed up the bracelets with three-piece solid stainless steel links. Their rose-gold offering mixes copper with 23-carat gold bar and represents a monumental first for the upstart watchmakers. View this post on Instagram It’s time for y’all to stop watchin me so close…. @danielwellington A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Sep 24, 2019 at 10:34am PDT Let’s be honest. You may not get your hands on a diamond-encrusted Breitlings or Rolexes like Odell. You probably don’t have an extra 200 grand lying around to sport an exclusive and authentic Richard Mille. But Daniel Wellingtons are well within the reach of the average consumer and a great way to put some of Odell’s unique style on your wrist!

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  4. Zenith Watches: Top Choices

    When people ask me for my most underrated watch brands, I always mention Zenith watches. The reason is that they deliver a massive amount of value for their price range. I really think that they could be one of the top watch brands in the world, if not for their shaky advertising strategy. Marketing aside, you can put Zenith watches head to head with any brand in its price range, and it holds up completely. I go through my 5 favorite Zenith watches in the following passages. 1: El Primero Chronograph The El Primero Chronograph is by far Zenith’s most famous watch, and it is for good reason. This collection has an iconic design, robust craftsmanship, and quality that will absolutely wow you. Zenith doesn’t hold back on the materials in this watch, given that it incorporates a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, alligator leather, and sturdy stainless steel. I also really enjoy how creative they get with the sub dial colors. There’s just something so pleasing about the combination of silver, gray, blue, black, and every other scheme that Zenith uses. The last major perk of this model is that it comes in precious metals, in addition to stainless steel. This option allows you to go with a more luxurious vibe, as long as you have the desire and money to spend. 2: El Primero Chronomaster You can take just about everything I said about the Chronograph and apply it to the Chronomaster. The primary difference is the latter’s skeleton design. Rather than the typical 3 sub dial look, these models replace one of them with a view into the heart of the watch. Those of you who love the skeleton aesthetic should take a long look at this option, as it delivers a significant amount of value. There are two more aspects of this model that I think are incredibly charming. The first is the star logo of Zenith, which you can find on the crown and case back. The second is the rest of that case back, which is exceptionally beautiful. Between the small window on the dial and the large window on the back, you’ll develop an intimate relationship with your Chronomaster’s movement. 3: Pilot Changing it up, we have the Pilot, which is impressive in a variety of ways. The first is its general aesthetics, as it is quite minimalistic and doesn’t crowd the dial at all. Zenith still manages to give a nod to the aviation genre, as it has a subtle tachymeter on the outside. I also love the fact that it is so legible. This watch has big, easy to read numbers that you can effortlessly see from a few feet away. Lastly, I have a soft spot for big crowns, and this Zenith has one. There’s just something so aesthetically pleasing about this part of a watch having some bulk and getting your hands on it is even better. If you love pilot watches, then you should definitely consider this model. 4: Elite The Elite is proof that Zenith truly does it all. We’ve already discussed two excellent chronograph watches and one from the pilot genre. Now, we have an elegant and minimalist dress piece to consider. It is a collection that is small, simple, and does the exact job it’s meant to do. My favorite thing about it is how customizable it is. If you like a rich blue over black, you can get that. If you want 42mm over 39, Zenith can meet your needs. This versatility makes it a timepiece that I can recommend to just about anyone. It doesn’t matter how large your wrist is or what colors look best to you. The Zenith Elite will satisfy no matter what. 5: El Primero Defy The Defy is essentially an evolution of the two El Primero collections we’ve already discussed. Rather than being a conventional case or having a skeleton window, its entire dial is see through. Rather than being somewhat of a traditional stainless-steel piece, it is made from titanium or ceramic. Still, it retains the Zenith quality that you expect, despite its many differences. Though the skeleton models are by far the most popular, you can actually get yourself a more traditional looking watch in this collection. You will still get that especially robust craftsmanship and those more unconventional materials, but you can have a dial that isn’t so eye-catching. Many watch enthusiasts feel that a collection is not complete until it has some impressive complication in it. They often choose a chronograph, and in my opinion, the Zenith El Primero collections are some of the best options out there. This brand also creates pieces that delve into other niches and thrive there too, as we see with the Elite and Pilot. All in all, Zenith watches are a fantastic option, and going with any of the 5 choices on this list is a sure bet.

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