Welcome to Watches of the Week, the place we’ll monitor the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches noticed on celebrities.
Michael Jordan and his dad denims won’t have match into at the moment’s fashion-forward NBA, however that doesn’t imply he hasn’t left his sartorial mark. For starters, there’s the sneaker empire that bears his identify and emblem. He maintains his signature hoop earring, so well-known it’s the topic of a Drake bar: “Do not Michael Jordan nonetheless acquired his hoop earring in?” And the G.O.A.T. has stockpiled one of many extra attention-grabbing and various watch collections on the planet. Whereas most athletes are pleased to rotate the classics—the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Rolex Daytona, and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak—throughout their wrists, MJ has gone in a very completely different path by choosing out high-priced items from area of interest high-minded watchmakers.
Jordan owns loads of out-there watches from Ulysse Nardin, Richard Mille, and Roger Dubuis, however the model he all the time appears to return again to is Urwerk. We final noticed him carrying a customized piece with the numerals remade in Chicago-Bulls purple and MJ’s quantity 23 etched in gold Roman numerals. On the Ally 400 race in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend, Jordan confirmed off one other new piece from his go-to model: His UR-220 in purple gold with a clear white rubber strap is a brand-new launch that was introduced simply final month. This specific piece, restricted to solely 10, marks the final version of the UR-220.
Urwerk founders Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner mentioned in a press launch that the inspiration for the watch was none aside from the ‘80s TV present Miami Vice and the golden tans and pearly white smiles of its stars. Unusual inspirations are what make Urwerk Urwerk–the model is all about creating watches that make folks “aware about their time,” Baumgartner advised me in 2020. “Actual luxurious is to have time. And, really, to not even know the time by the second, to simply have your individual really feel of time.” Protected to say, for Jordan, it’s additionally a few Miami Vice-inspired, purple gold, roughly $150,000 watch.
Odell Beckham’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
Once you’re a premiere athlete, apparently no watches are off limits. There are ranges to this, even with regards to the already extraordinarily in-demand Nautilus. Beckham’s piece is a model of the Nautilus that wasn’t even made accessible to the general public—solely Patek’s greatest clients had been granted entry to it. What a 12 months for Beckham: Tremendous Bowl champion, new dad, and the proprietor of this special-edition Nautilus that includes 44 rubies.
Rick Ross’s Jacob & Co. Billionaire III
Jacob & Co. items seem like Rick Ross lyrics sound—aggressive, unfiltered braggadocio. To wit: the identify of Ross’s watch is the Billionaire III. (Please, Billionaire was my father, name me Billionaire the Third.) You’ll be able to all the time rely on a Jacob & Co. watch to pair pyrotechnic mechanisms with over-the-top bling, and this watch is not any completely different. The place else are you able to discover a tourbillon—the spinning cage that rotates on the middle of this watch—and 504 white diamonds (simply over 90 carats price) in a single place?
Kevin Love’s Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Nautilus
Love acquired married over the weekend in a ceremony that doubled as a reunion of the 2016 Finals-winning Cleveland Cavaliers crew. The marriage was impressed by The Nice Gatsby and Love couldn’t have picked a greater look ahead to the theme. Whereas the Nautilus wasn’t round within the ‘20s when Gatsby threw his personal lavish events, that is the watch the previous sport would have worn at the moment. No watch alerts wealth and entry to the very best types of luxurious higher than the Nautilus geared up with a perpetual calendar operate.
Jerry Lorenzo’s Rolex Day-Date
The watch is called the President, however this week, the Day-Date confirmed it’s a favourite amongst vogue designers, too. Thom Browne embroidered the watch on shirt sleeves and Concern of God designer Lorenzo wore the actual factor whereas having fun with the festivities in Paris. Earlier this 12 months, Lorenzo launched a group he referred to as “Everlasting”—garments designed to transcend developments. If everlasting cool is what Lorenzo’s involved in, he couldn’t have picked a greater watch.