Welcome to Watches of the Week, the place we’ll observe the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches noticed on celebrities.
Within the ‘70s, all the things went topsy-turvy for the watch business. The introduction of cheaper and extra correct quartz-powered watches despatched the enterprise scrambling for methods to maintain clients paying luxury-grade costs. It was on this crucible that the luxurious sports activities watch—which might finally change into probably the most dominant development within the watch market—was born. Audemars Piguet rolled out its Royal Oak, adopted shortly thereafter by Patek Philippe and the Nautilus. Misplaced within the shuffle, although, was Vacheron Constantin’s 222 mannequin, launched in 1978 for the model’s 222nd anniversary. VC solely produced the look ahead to eight years and made simply a few thousand throughout that point interval. Naturally, over time the watch’s shortage has made it much more fascinating at public sale and on the second-hand market.
This 12 months, Vacheron introduced again the 222—proper as luxurious sport watches proceed to blow up in reputation. The piece was certainly one of my favourite new releases to come back out of Watches & Wonders this 12 months. And so far as luxurious sport fashions go, the gold-on-gold-on-gold 222 leans sublimely into the luxurious facet of issues. New releases have been rolling out onto wrists ever since April—extra on that quickly—however I didn’t anticipate four-time NBA champion Klay Thompson, not precisely a watch aficionado, to be rocking the brand new hotness. Hopefully Thompson gained’t be the final so the 222 can stick this time round.
Chris Hemsworth’s Rolex Day-Date
Talking of certainly one of 2022’s finest releases, let’s pivot to Hemsworth’s platinum Day-Date. One among my most cherished reminiscences from W&W was attempting on this new Day-Date from Rolex—the piece is so heavy and substantial, it simply looks like one million bucks. It’s fairly good-looking, too; the gorgeous ice-blue dial performs properly off the platinum.
Hemsworth is carrying an much more souped-up model of the platinum Day-Date with a diamond-set bezel. And I assumed the usual model was fancy.
Jay-Z’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
Apparently, Jay-Z determined that is the watch he wears to championship video games. Again in February, Hov wore this actual Nautilus to the Tremendous Bowl and now he’s carrying it courtside on the NBA Finals. This explicit mannequin, first launched in 1981, is a slimmed-down model of the unique Nautilus that Patek launched when it realized collectors had been fretting over the watch’s jumbo-sized proportions. As much as that time, the Nautilus completely got here in chrome steel however Patek began incorporating valuable metals like gold within the ‘80s. 4 a long time on, Patek Philippe doesn’t have to fret a lot about attracting new clients to its Nautilus, however Jay’s represents an inflection level within the watch’s historical past. The NBA is the place wonderful occurs—and I don’t simply imply the play on the hardwood.
Max Verstappen’s customized Tag Heuer Monaco
The bottom mannequin of Verstappen’s Monaco is already a killer. The blacked-out model of the iconically quadratic piece is coated in DLC, options rose-gold arms and indices, and is nicknamed the Darkish Lord. Tight. Tag Heuer zhuzhed up the look ahead to Verstappen by including a fats “1” to the dial at 6 o’clock. The “1” is for Verstappen’s race quantity nevertheless it additionally coincidentally stands in for the place he completed ultimately weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Khloe Kardashian’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Kardashian household owns a surprisingly nice assortment of timepieces. Matriarch Kris Jenner has a deep bench of Rolex watches, starting from the Daytona to the Day-Date, and he or she’s rocked a Cartier Crash on the red carpet. Kim paid a good-looking sum to personal the Cartier Tank that belonged to Jackie Kennedy (no phrase on whether or not or not she additionally broken this piece of trend historical past). The Kardashians additionally reportedly spent $300,000 to make sure the crew that labored on their TV present had been outfitted with Rolex watches. This week, Khloe made it recognized that she’s no slouch in terms of wristwear, both. She wore the collector-favorite Rolex Daytona in gold on gold.