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Only One Player at the U.S. Open This Weekend Will Be Wearing a $690,000 Watch

When Rafael Nadal steps on to the court tomorrow to take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet in one of two U.S. Open men’s semi-finals (the other features Novak Djokovic against a Swiss player not named Federer), he will as usual have some stellar time-keeping reinforcement on his right wrist.

In case you missed it, CNBC “Inside Wealth” columnist Robert Frank had a fascinating look earlier this week at the latest watch worn during matches by Nadal. The first one designed in partnership with Richard Mille sold out quickly on the consumer side at $525,000 a pop. The new model sported these days by the Spaniard (the RM027-01) will retail for a cool $690,000:

Nadal’s signature left-handed “whip” forehand has been clocked at over 4,000 revolutions per minute, and although the watch is on his right wrist, they wanted it to be durable enough to withstand huge force when he plays his double-handed backhand, which can clock in at more than 3,000 RPM.

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Lunch: Captain Picard, I Presume?

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Between the heinous weather that has us nursing what must be walking pneumonia, a deadly dull award season (Does anybody really care about the Oscars without the parties?) and some mind-numbingly bad television we’ve been forced to endure (What the hell happened to Nip/Tuck?), we were yearning for some excitement today at 55th & Fifth. Alas, there was nary a bold-face name in sight. Except for a delightfully random celebrity sighting — Patrick Stewart, looking quite collegiate in a grey crewneck sweater — we loved you in A Christmas Carol! — things were pretty much business as usual in the dining room. The staff, though, was abuzz that none other than Captain Picard had landed in the dining room.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Showtime’s Stu Zakim hosting his “bi-monthly guy’s lunch.” In attendance: ABC’s Jeff Schneider, recruiter Arnie Huberman, SIRIUS’ Patrick Riley and Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici. I congratulated Jeff on tapping into the zeitgeist in yesterday’s Mixed Media column where he reported on the tipping point that seems to indicate some — but clearly not all — in the media seem to be having a (slight) attack of conscience when it comes to reporting 24/7 on the sad spectacle of Britney Spears’ alleged mental illness. Jeff emailed the editors of the celebrity weeklies to weigh in on the subject but only People‘s managing editor Larry Hackett responded. Larrys take: the whole thing has Day of The Locust feel to it, but in the unlikely event the media did back off, it’s “presumptuous” to assume the fallen pop star would finally start to get well. I agree. (Full disclosure: I am a People contributor). Interestingly, there’s also a piece in today’s USA Today that reports — duh! — “Britney’s collapse: Media not helping.” The collective sense among journos that cover celebrities and the business of celebrity that this story is going to end badly is palpable. The question is: how will those that have been the beneficiaries of the Britney media bonanza cover the final chapter of this tale? Us Weekly reported last month that AP has already written Spears’ obit. Remember when Princess Diana died and George Clooney held a press conference to blame the tabloid media for her death? Is there anyone besides Heidi Klum, who has said that Brit can come and live with her and Seal until she gets her life together, that can actually do anything to alter Spears’ collision course with tabloid infamy before its too late? George, are you busy?

2. Producer Jon Hart, who predicts a “low key” Oscars on Sunday, with two business-types we didn’t recognize …

3. Katherine Oliver celebrating her birthday with a table full of pals including Lisa Dallos and Chris Taylor.

4. Gerald Schoenfeld & Candia Fisher.

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NYT in 90 Seconds

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  • One look at the changes over at Time names the weekly’s ever-slimming look, its new Friday street date and pending employee cuts (is that all?) as the major changes Richard Stengel has initiated in his half-year post at the mag. Patience in its reader base will be key in upcoming months until the redesigns of the magazine and the new Web site— which makes its debut today— are complete.
  • The Politico plows ahead with high aspirations in the midst of a general retreat from Washington coverage forced by the glut of news from the capital city; and to top it off, access to the new venture’s reporting will be free for readers both online and in print.
  • As we’ve noted, bloggers are (still) not appeased by the A.P.’s confirmation of a disputed source used in reports on the violence in Iraq, as this week they’ve shifted their criticism to the fact that the A.P. itself was at the root of the article acknowledging police captain Jamil Hussein, the source in question.
  • WSJ reporter Robert Frank and NYT contributor Robert Frank both will release new books— on the same topic (American wealth) no less— this summer. Not to worry: apparently the writers are “more amused than annoyed” by the coincidental timing.
  • Cole Campbell, one of the earliest newspaper editors to foster the idea of ‘civic journalism,’ died Friday in Reno, Nevada, when his vehicle flipped on an icy road.
  • DirecTV is all set to unveil the Sat-go, a 25-lb mobile satellite and television system projected to retail at over $1,000 bucks a pop starting this spring, today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
  • A story suggests that the ensuing print-Internet court battle being waged in China over violated copyright laws reflects the start of a media war and hints at a possible shift in policies in a country that has long been called a “no man’s land for intellectual property rights.”
  • An email from one of the Times‘ own, a senior editor, may be used in the suit against the paper over columns written about the deadly anthrax mailings back in 2001.