This year's event brought the F1 Clienti cars to Daytona for the first time, and Ferrari had its star F1 drivers Kimi and Sebastian Vettel along. Obviously, we had to wear a Rolex Daytona for the situation, though selecting the exact model was no easy task. Finally given that these were for the most part modern Ferraris we decided on a reference from the current era, though beyond the basic stainless steel that has long been the replica watch given to winning Rolex 24 drivers. Hence we selected the rare Ref. 116509 in 18k white gold, with its Ferrari red markings indicating that it's no ordinary Daytona.
At 40mm the replica watch is somewhat subtle by current standards, though the gold is both heavier and softer than steel. Something of a cognoscenti's Daytona, it's not as instantly recognizable as the classic modern steel models, mainly because the sub-dials are the same matte black as the main dial. We'd venture to say that while few may recognize it as the coveted white gold model, it's the few who matter. This replica watch is also distinguished by its silver Arabic numerals which give it a rakish, appropriately racy feel.
You're unlikely to spot someone else wearing this luxury replica watch, which is of course a large part of the appeal. The replica watch was the subject of many sidelong and envious glances, its stealthy appearance lending it a darker edge; the car at Daytona it resembled most was injured Ferrari racing legend Michael Schumacher's own menacing FXX in triple black with red accents.
21 January 2021