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Top Designers Create Bespoke Footballs to Commemorate Golden Anniversary of Super Bowl

To commemorate Super Bowl 50, the NFL and members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have teamed up to create 50 lavish footballs that share a "gold" theme.

Rag & Bone; Tiffany & Co.

The NFL required the designers to use a "gold" element to align with the precious metal's traditional connection with 50th anniversaries. But, how they used the gold was totally up to them. While some placed gold as the central motif, others used it as a glittering accent. Our favorites were the designers who took it up a notch by mixing precious metals and gemstones to make their footballs into treasures suitable for a jeweler's showcase.

Ovadia & Sons, Marchesa.

Among the designers whose footballs evoked fine jewelry are Rag & Bone, Tiffany & Co., Ovadia & Sons, Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Zoe, Kendra Scott, Melissa Joy Manning, Jennifer Fisher and Vita Fede.

Prabal Gurung; Rachel Zoe.

The balls will be officially unveiled at the NFL's offices in New York this Wednesday and will be making appearances at a number of promotional events in the San Francisco area leading up to Super Bowl 50 on February 7.

Kendra Scott; Melissa Joy Manning.

The balls are slated to be auctioned off on the NFL.com web site to benefit the NFL Foundation, the league's nonprofit organization that supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes. The organization finances sports-related medical research, funds the efforts of current and former players working in local communities and assists former NFL players who have come upon hard times. The auction will be held online from January 20 through February 14.

Jennifer Fisher; Vita Fede.

This is not the first time the NFL has collaborated with the CFDA. In 2014, in preparation for Super Bowl 48, an equal number of designers were challenged to create bespoke helmets that dazzled window shoppers of Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship store in New York City and eventually were auctioned to support the NFL Foundation.

“When we did the helmets, it was really successful,” Rhiannon Madden, vice president of consumer products for the NFL, told WWD. “So we wanted to partner with them again to bring the worlds of football and fashion together.”

Images courtesy of CFDA.

J.C. Coleman Wears Gold G-Shock Watch During College Football Game

This past weekend — for those of you who keep up with college football — you may have seen Virginia Tech running back J.C. Coleman wearing a big gold watch in the game against Ohio State.

Onlookers quickly argued it was a Rolex or an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Our take: It was a gold-tone G-Shock watch. Coleman had already worn a black G-Shock during the pre-season games.

It's not against the rules to wear a watch during a game, but it's something that's rarely seen. The Casio G-Shock — maybe the Gold X Black or the new Benny Gold watch — is water resistant to 200 meters and is a standard of durability and reliability.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick Muffs His Marriage Proposal, But Scores With This Beautiful 7-Carat Diamond Ring

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is used to the intense pressure of matching up against the best receivers in the NFL, but the prospect of popping the question to Basketball Wives LA star Draya Michele was a bit too much for the 28-year-old to handle.

The proposal was set to take place during a special night out at Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks, Calif. — the same place where they had their first date. But as the evening wore on Michele could sense that Scandrick was off his game.

"He was acting so weird and so nervous," Michele, 30, told People magazine. "When he walked up to the bar he tripped and fell over some chairs! I was thinking, 'What in the world is wrong with him?'”

Scandrick brushed himself off and attempted to go forward with the marriage proposal. That’s when the silly moment grew even more awkward.

"He got down on one knee and as soon as he started to talk I got nervous and couldn't help but to laugh hysterically. I was laughing and crying at the same time," Michele reported.

Even though Scandrick muffed the proposal, he scored big with his selection of a beautiful 7-carat cushion-cut diamond ring, reportedly worth $400,000. The cornerback is credited with designing the ring with the assistance of a Beverly Hills jeweler.

Michele took to Instagram to show off the dazzling ring. She modeled the ring against a background of red roses.

Here’s how she captioned the shot: "Yesterday, the love of my life asked me to be his wife...I said YES!!! Love you @oscandrick32 forever starts now."

The engagement news caught some fans by surprise because the couple had announced a split only a few months ago. Celebrity watchers reported that their busy lives had taken a toll on their relationship. Clearly, all is well now.

Michele, a model and actress, has starred on VH1's reality show Basketball Wives LA since the show’s debut in 2011. Scandrick, who was drafted by the Cowboys in 2008, has emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, often handling the assignment of locking down the oppositions’ best receivers.

The couple is ready to blend a family that includes Michele's 12-year-old son, Kniko Arenas, and Scandrick's twin girls, five-year-old Tatyana Scandrick and Taylor Scandrick.

Images: Instagram/sodraya, Instagram/oscandrick32

Cars, Watches and the Daytona 500

This past weekend, the Daytona 500 took place in Daytona Beach, FL, though certain favorites didn’t make it to the final run, including Kyle Busch, who broke a leg and foot in a hard crash during the Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Nonetheless, the race was exciting – with Joey Logano speeding to victory in the 57th Great American Race. Logano is the youngest winner in the history of the Daytona 500 at just 24 years old.

All of the excitement with this race, and others coming into the season, reminds us of the precision mechanics it requires to build these performance engines and the patience and fortitude of the drivers. It is a field not unlike the world of precision mechanics under the hood of a watchcase.

In fact, as more watch brands recognize the synergy between precision mechanics of timepieces and automobiles, they are getting more involved in the world of motorsports. From actually taking title roles as Official Timer of certain races to sponsoring teams, drivers and rallies around the world, watch brands are on top of the fast-paced world of automobiles.

Rolex, for instance, has been intimately involved in auto racing since 1935, and solidified its position in the sport in 1959 when it began its association with the Daytona International Speedway. The brand continues to sponsor the Rolex Daytona races, as well as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion every year in August, among other automotive activities. The brand’s iconic Daytona watch is the one most associated with automotive sports.

Similarly, Tudor is the Entitlement Sponsor of Tudor United Sportscar Championship races. This series combines two previously separate races — the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Road Racing — under one umbrella managed by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The TUDOR Grantour Chrono Fly-Back watch has a strong tie with the world of auto racing, as it allows consecutive time intervals to be measured rapidly via the on-the-fly chronograph reset and instant restart function.

TAG Heuer has long been involved in the world of auto racing – dating back to the Pan-American races. The brand is actively involved in the fully electric FIA Formula E Championship, World Rally (with Sebastien Ogier joining as a brand ambassador), is the Official Watch Partner of Nissan NISMO, and sponsors the TAG Heuer Premier Motor Racing Exhibition, which kicked off in Kuala Lumpur in January. The brand creates both the Monaco and Carrera watch lines that honor this sport and that have become renowned around the world for their race-inspired design and top-quality craftsmanship.

We are proud to carry these brands and others with auto-inspired themes. Stop in any time to see them.

TAG Heuer Doesn't Crack Under Pressure

Recently TAG Heuer hosted a couple of very important events that highlight the brand’s commitment to sports. Not only did the brand unveil a new Times Square New York billboard with two recent marathon runners (Michelle DeLucca and Justin Michalski) profiled, but also announced its role as the Official Timekeeper and Timepiece for the New York City Marathon. While these exact events took place in New York City, they underscore TAG Heuer’s national (and even global) commitment to physical fitness.

In fact, TAG Heuer will be timing other sports marathons across America and around the world as part of its new strategy to reaffirm its sports roots and to convey its message “Don’t Crack Under Pressure.” The direction of the brand is to focus on sport watches, chronographs and healthy competition, and the partnerships with marathons extend its motor racing territory to another much-loved ground sport.

“Running a marathon requires great physical strength and even more mental strength, and this is even truer if you want to be one of the gallant marathon 'finishers,'" says Stephane Linder, Global President and CEO of TAG Heuer.

For this top-notch Swiss sports watch brand, the connection to marathon running – wherein men and women of all ages participate – ensures greater visibility for the brand and its cutting-edge chronographs. Stop in to see our selection of TAG Heuer watches.