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Rory McIlroy leaves it late for Ryder Cup tee time

by Michael Weare
15 October, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Rory Mcilroy

This article was written and contributed by journalist Simon Lazarus, a published writer in several key markets including the UK, Europe and the US.

Emerging from Europe’s incredible comeback from 10-6 down in the Ryder Cup, recent reports have revealed that one leading pro nearly didn’t even make it for his match!

According to various sources, Northern Irish stalwart Rory McIlroy only arrived for his singles game just 10 minutes beforehand. So how did one of the world’s greatest golfers almost miss one of the defining moments of his career?

It turns out that there was confusion over the time zone as his watch and smart phone were firmly fixed on Eastern timings. The world number 1 then had to be given a speedy unmarked police escort in order to meet the deadline at Medinah Country Club.

Talk about cutting it fine. A five minute delay to proceedings would have cost him the loss of a hole while anything more would have resulted in immediate disqualification.

Yet this did not detract from McIlroy’s attitude as he overcame adversity to triumph 2&1 over American Keegan Bradley.

Since 2009, McIlroy is also famous for being the ambassador of luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet.

If you want to check out why this company is making all the right moves in the watch industry, here are just a few selections to give you some inspiration.

Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

This has recently been the timepiece of choice for the 23 year old. The Royal Oak is a self-winding chronograph and features a date display as well as small seconds found at the 12 o’clock mark. Made from 365 different parts, this striking watch includes sapphire crystal which is glare proof and a case back available in stainless steel, titanium or pink gold sapphire crystal.

If you are looking to take a dip then rest assured you can reach depths of up to 100 metres. Look out for the hour markers covered in gold and impressive 22 carat gold Monobloc which provides the ultimate Midas touch.

Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101

Millinery 4101

Originally launched in 2006, they have recently displayed a newer look to the Millenary collection. The focus is much more on seeing the inner workings of this intricate piece whilst maintaining the oval shaped design. Considered to be “the beating heart of a watch,” the movements inside have been moved to the topside where they are clearly visible for all to savour.

Audemars Piguet Titanium Openworked Royal Oak Grande Complication

Titanium-Openworked-Royal-Oak-Grande-Complication

The Royal Oak Grande Complication is so exclusive that only one is constructed at a time. The special melodic rhythm consists of more than 640 individual components which are simply off the charts in terms of detail. It is both adjusted and cautiously checked by exactly the same watchmaker who dedicated more than an incredible 700 hours to this mechanism. That’s almost as long as an omnibus version of EastEnders. High points to this fine horological piece include several moon phases, minute repeater as well as a second and split second timer.

Audemars Piguet Classique Grand Complication Pocket Watch

Audemars Piguet Classique Grand Complication Pocket Watch

Launched at the 2012 Salón Internacional de la Alta Relojería gathering just last week, you can enjoy an attractive pink gold case measuring 52mm while the case back offers sumptuous sapphire crystal and hunter sapphire.

There’s also a mechanical calibre which is manually-wound and housed in a stylish case that offers 18-carat pink gold. So how extraordinary is their work? How about more than 8 weeks of incredible skill and a whopping 800 hours in order to fit together 600 plus separate workings.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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