Justin Timberlake is best known to people around the world for his time as a member of the mega-successful boy band NSYNC and as a solo artist. During his career, he has won a total of 10 Grammys and sold over 32 million albums. In addition to music, Timberlake is an actor and has starred in notable films such as The Social Network, Friends with Benefits and Trolls. As far as watches go, Timberlake is no newcomer and has been spotted wearing Audemars Piguet and Rolex watches in the past. And a couple of days ago, it was yet another crown-branded model we spotted.
Justin Timberlake appeared on The Ellen Show last Wednesday and was sporting a less commonly seen model from the Rolex catalogue. For those wondering what was on Ellen’s wrist, she was wearing a Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A from her vast (to say the least) collection of timepieces.
The model in question is the Milgauss Reference 116400GV Z-Blue. The Milgauss was initially released in 1956 and was designed to be worn by scientists and engineers who worked in environments with strong magnetic fields. The Milgauss was able to withstand 1,000 gauss or 80,000 A/m and the watch derives its name from mille, French for 1,000, and the measurement of a magnetic field, gauss. After being discontinued in 1989, Rolex brought back a modern version at Baselworld 2007.
Timberlake owns the Z-Blue version of the Milgauss, which was introduced at Baselworld 2014. In addition to the unique green sapphire crystal, which was a watchmaking first when released in 2007, the watch has a striking blue dial, which Rolex calls Z-Blue (the Z stands for zirconium, used in the process to create the dial hue). It also features a contrasting orange seconds hand, shaped like a lightning bolt, which is a nod to the original Reference 6541. Like the original watch from 1956, the modern Milgauss can withstand magnetic fields up to 1,000-gauss, thanks to the soft iron cage which protects the Calibre 3131 movement and parts of the escapement which are made from anti-magnetic materials. An in-depth review of the 116400GV can be read here.