NEW YORK — Dwyane Wade hasn’t had much time to relax in the off season.
Since his Miami Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals in June, Wade has spent time traveling, working with his sponsors and — oh, yes — getting married to actress Gabrielle Union. The two tied the knot at the end of August and spent the next two weeks honeymooning in exotic locales.
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“Aug. 30 was the special day,” he said, sitting in the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park. “It was a really special day for me and my wife and our boys. All the things that went wrong, went right.” Although it was only two weeks ago, Wade said it “feels like a year ago.” That could have been because of the post-wedding trip they took to the Maldives and Tanzania. “My wife is an adventurous person,” he said.
And a busy one: In addition to her work on the BET series “Being Mary Jane,” Union is also starring in the upcoming film “Mr. Doula” with Taye Diggs.
But she was able to make the trip to New York with her new husband. “We’re riding together,” Wade said. “She’s very busy and I’m very busy, so it’s good when we can travel together. We both had things to do in New York City, but then we’re heading out and will meet up with the kids.” Wade has three sons from previous relationships.
Taking up most of his time during this visit to New York was the launch of his latest timepiece with Swiss watch brand Hublot. Called the Classic Fusion, the watch is the second one under his name, following the King Power D-Wade in 2011.
“The fact that this is number two is amazing,” he said. “I’ve dreamed of so many things in my life, and I can’t say having my own watch was on my hit list, but this is great.” He’s especially enamored with the design of the Classic Fusion, which boasts a red, black and gold color scheme, a Dwyane Wade logo at 3:00 and his signature at 6:00. “The first one was sports-inspired,” he said. “But this one is elegant and sleek.” The watch comes in a red-and-black box that looks like a luggage trunk and will retail for $19,400; only 250 pieces will be produced and sold globally beginning at the end of the month.
The NBA Finals MVP and Olympic gold-medal winner has also become known for his fashion sense and acknowledges that “fashion and style have always been important to me. They are part of my day-to-day life.”
On this day, he wore a pair of jacquard camouflage pants and a square-neck navy sweater from Fabrice Tardieu, a Haitian-born designer who worked for Giorgio Armani in Paris and launched his own brand in 2013.
“He sent me a lot of cool stuff and I liked it,” Wade said. But pulling the sweater over a crisp white dress shirt was tough for Wade because it nearly covered his gray tie, part of his neckwear collection with the Tie Bar. He also has a line of socks with Stance. But so far, no apparel collection. “Not yet,” he said with a smile. “I’m starting slow, with my feet and my neck.”
And his wrist.
When Hublot was working on the next incarnation of his watch, Wade visited the Swiss headquarters and factories for a first-hand look. “I wanted to see how everything worked,” he said. “And it gave me a better appreciation of the watch. Once you see how much work it takes, you take better care of it.”
While he’s enjoyed all these extracurricular activities, it’s nearly time to head back to his day job: the basketball court.
“Training camp opens on the 27th,” he said.
The Chicago native, who played for Marquette University, joined the Heat in 2003 and is viewed as a key part of the team’s success, especially in light of LeBron James’ exodus to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I’m going into my 12th year and it’s a different challenge for me now at the tender age of 32,” he said. “It’s my time to lead and I’m excited about it.” Although the team lost James, it still has Chris Bosh and a number of other strong players, including recently added free agents Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger to try to extend its string of consecutive NBA finals appearances to five.
“We’re recovering,” Wade said of the Heat’s loss in the NBA finals. “We have a great system and some great all-stars, so we have as good a chance as anyone.”