It’s a known fact that celebrities love their watches, from playful sport watches in citrusy hues to serious statement pieces encrusted in diamonds and precious stones. Hit any Hollywood party, shopping district or pre-award show luxury lounge and you will understand why the term “everyday” watch is somewhat obsolete. In fact, having a watch for different occasions and moods has caught on with everybody else. That said, however, there will always be that favorite watch one turns to time and again.
For President Barack Obama, that watch happens to be the Jorg Gray JG6500. Obama received the timepiece as a gift in 2007 not long before his historic run for office and has worn it ever since. He has even been photographed sporting the watch on such notable occasions as his presidential election victory speech, the inaugural swearing-in ceremony and the signing of his first Presidential Proclamation.
In honor of Obama’s loyalty to his Jorg Gray, the company created a commemorative edition marking the 44th Inauguration that also happened to be the talk of The Secret Room’s Pre-2009 Emmy Awards event at the SLS Hotel, and more recently, a headlining sponsor at Doris Bergman’s Valentine Romance Sneak Peak 2010 Oscar Suite. In the rest of America, meanwhile, the affordable status brand (retailing at $200-$500) has really taken off, with 23 different men’s and ladies’ line available at various retailers internationally and through www.jorggray.com. Locally, you can snap up your own “Time for Change” at Feldmar Watch Co., Le Cadeau, Timeless Gems, Pasadena Watch Company and Finley’s Jewelers.
Other celebrity fans who have made time for a new Jorg Gray include Jordan Farmar (LA Lakers), DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers), Jim McMahon (former Chicago Bears), William Shatner, Morgan Fairchild, host of The Bachelor-Chris Harrison and Bridget Marquardt. Outside of the suite life, Nick Verreos and Jay McCarroll have been spotted sporting their own Jorg Gray watches.