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MLB Jose Bautista Talks Timepieces, Taste With Hodinkee

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Written by Dakota K in Athletes Fashion,MLB Style on Oct 10th 2015

José Bautista provides the bulk of the power to the Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup, and his watch game, similarly, powers his style.

Among Bautista’s favorite brands are Audemars Piguet, Panerai, and Bell & Ross, and with the handsome payday that comes with a multiyear contract, Bautista cashed in on some big purchases. Perhaps favorite among the many, Bautista’s elegant watch collection.

In an interview conducted by prominent wristwear observer Hodinkee, Bautista detailed his decision to get back into watch collecting in 2011, and the All Star outlined his particular tastes when it comes to selecting a piece. The initial interview was conducted by Benjamin Clymer this week.

Bautista mentioned that he looks at his watches as an investment as well as a fashion statement. Seeking watches that might appreciate in value as he enjoys them, Bautista prefers limited editions, exclusive materials, and timepieces that come from a signature series. He even has the Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O’Neal edition from Audemars. Two elite athletes, two elite watch games.

No one has more homers in the past 6 years than José Bautista, and seemingly, no one has more understated watch style, either. Bautista’s go-to for the black-tie fare is his Calibre de Cartier, but the majority of his taste swings toward casual. He loves the versatility of being able to dress a watch up or down off the field, depending on the evening’s plan, but he remains open to switching his preferences for more formal pieces post-baseball. Patek and Rolex have caught the slugger’s eye for down the road purchases. Casual or dressed up, Bautista ensures style and sophistication wrapped around his powerful homerun hitting hands at all times.

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