Lu Han And AP Cave to Commies

Last Thursday, we gave you a horological heads-up on the potential impact of China’s crackdown on “effeminate” celebrities. Chinese Luxury Watch Ban Update highlighted Audemars Piguet ambassador Lu Han, suggesting that the relationship with the fresh-faced singer was headed south. Well that didn’t take long . . .

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Parchie Watch Genderfluid Agenda

Cara Barrett’s latest Hodinkee screed (All Watches Should Be Unisex – And Here’s Why) calls for horological androgyny. “Gender-free timepieces would make women feel more included in what has typically been a dude-driven industry and hobby.” Down in the comments section, SIMP’s cooed “you go girl!” Less simpathetic readers told her to STFU and GTFO with all that gender-erasing Commie talk. Ms. Barrett promptly shut the f up and got the f out – and returned to hype her new Parchie kid’s watch . . .

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Chinese Luxury Watch Ban Update

“China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote ‘revolutionary culture,” apnews.com reports, “broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.” On the face if it, the BTS backlash has little to do with a potential Chinese luxury watch ban. Until you consider a simple truism: culture eats strategy for lunch . . .

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Don’t Buy A Rolex! Says Who?

Rolex are damn fine watches. They’re beautifully designed (with exceptions) and immaculately constructed. While there are plenty of alternatives (e.g., Rolex Daytona Alternatives), a Rolex is a Rolex is a Rolex. That’s a problem for the man who goes by the name WatchChris. His advice: don’t buy a Rolex . . .

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Nazi Rolex For Sale in NZ

“When Rolex became aware [that] the watches were meant for the Nazi forces, they removed all Rolex hallmarks and signatures,” Webb’s auction house writes. “Rolex didn’t want to be associated with the Nazi regime but they kept sending watches to Florence in order to protect Giuseppe Panerai, his family, and his employees from harm.” There’s no evidence that the Nazi Rolex for sale reflects Hans Wilsdorf’s humanitarian instincts. And yet . . .

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