Completely unforeseen violence.
Two weeks ago, the public became absolutely shocked when it was revealed that Laird Hamilton, considered the world’s greatest surfer by many, metaphorically punched Kelly Slater in the mouth, also considered the world’s greatest surfer by many, in releasing a luxury watch deemed more ecologically friendly than Slater’s.
Hamilton’s Waterman Apex dive watch, released with British manufacturer Bremont, was developed to “draw awareness to ocean and sea life conservation,” with all proceeds going to the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation which, it must be assumed from context, draws awareness to ocean and sea life conservation.
Slater’s SuperOcean Automatic 42, released by Swiss watchmaker Breitling, merely has a band made from ocean junk as an option.
Both watches retail in the $5000 range.
And while many observers imaged that Hamilton’s metaphorical punch would send Slater to the canvas, many also don’t know how resilient the 11x World Champion is.
Slater absorbed the punch, held back for two weeks then, just today, metaphorically karate chopped Hamilton in the teeth by having his watch included in the Robb Report’s “High Seas” guide.
The Robb Report, for the unwashed, is the world’s leading luxury lifestyle magazine.
Included alongside Slater’s SuperOcean were the Rolex Yacht-Master 42, Glashütte Orginal’s SeaQ, IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Lake Tahoe,” Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet Phases de Lune in red gold, Luminor Panerai Luna Rossa, TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver and Ulysse Nardin Diver X The Ocean Race.
Not included was Laird Hamilton’s Bremont Waterman Apex.
Will the multi-disciplinarian be able to handle the violence and strike back?
Christmas is coming quicker than any of us would like. 146 days until you bless the ecologist in your life with a luxury watch.
More as the story develops.