As the resident Quill & Pad wristwatch spotter, Nick Gould spends many hours on random searches looking for interesting horological finds. Generally he ends up finding nothing, but occasionally he finds nuggets of gold. And 2019 was quite a fruitful year for him in terms of unearthing some interesting Wrist Watching stories, which he shares here.
Nick Gould spotted American actor Mark Wahlberg wearing an early-delivery Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer,’ once again putting his penchant for precious metal watches on display.
In 1954, famed photographer Yousuf Karsh took a portrait of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in which he is wearing a late 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reference 141.008.1 triple calendar with moon phase and gorgeous teardrop lugs. Where is that watch today? Expert spotter Nick Gould may just have unearthed its whereabouts.
Walter Cronkite and Peter Jennings were two of the best known and most respected broadcast journalists on American television. While Cronkite was known to wear a gold Rolex Datejust and Omega chronographs, resident watch spotter Nick Gould surprisingly found evidence of Jennings sporting a Heuer Monaco.
In the 1968 film ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ Steve McQueen played the title character, a millionaire businessman and avid sportsman involved in a cat-and-mouse game with an insurance claims investigator played by Faye Dunaway. McQueen chose two of his personal watches to wear in the film: an elegant Cartier Tank Cintrée and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. But when Nick Gould looked further into this, he discovered that contrary to popular opinion McQueen also surprisingly owned a Tank.
The first spinoff film from The Fast and the Furious franchise, ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,’ is set for worldwide release on August 2, 2019. It features two great characters from the previous films: Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Deckard Shaw played by Jason Statham. Both Johnson and Statham are known to be watch lovers and frequently wear their own timepieces in movies. Here Nick Gould identifies what’s on their wrists in the film.
At the Astronauts Appreciation Dinner in Houston on November 25, 1969, Omega presented each of the 19 astronauts in attendance with a Reference BA145.022 Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI limited edition. Here Nick Gould highlights seven of those astronauts wearing their very special Speedmasters in celebration of the golden anniversary of the moon landing on July 20, 1969.
In the Wimbledon 2019 men’s final Novak Djokovic (Seiko) duked it out with Roger Federer (Rolex). Djokovic prevailed in an epic five-set match that lasted almost five hours, setting the record for the longest men’s final at Wimbledon, and lifted the trophy with a Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH003 on his wrist. What other interesting watches did resident spotter Nick Gould find in the crowd during the fortnight? Find out here!
With Wimbledon 2019 well underway, Nick Gould has noticed that champion tennis player Serena Williams has been wearing a 37 mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in stainless steel with a diamond bezel. But he also noticed something peculiar about the way Williams is wearing her watch: she has been wearing it upside down while playing!
Filming on the new, and still untitled, 25th film in the James Bond series has now shifted to London, and footage appearing in the media has confirmed the reappearance of the Aston Martin V8 from ‘The Living Daylights’ as well as the movie’s star Daniel Craig in more scenes in a suit and tie while sporting a split lip and bruised knuckles. Recent set photographs have also allowed a much better look at the Omega Seamaster 007 for ‘Bond 25’ on 007’s wrist, so here’s an update.