Welcome to Watches of the Week, the place we’ll monitor the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches noticed on celebrities.
It’s humorous to consider the origins of Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut now. Within the ‘90s, Patek was looking for a watch that might cater to the appetites of a brand new set of collectors flush with money from the dot-com growth. The model had loads of heady, high-complication items for the black-tie set…however not a lot on faucet for the rising wealthy who wore a uniform of T-shirts and denims. Enter the Aquanaut: a good sportier and extra informal cousin to Patek’s Nautilus.
The very first Aquanaut, launched in 1997, was given the reference quantity 5060A. The watch got here with a black dial, white hour numerals, and, in a primary for Patek, a black rubber-like strap (a “tropical” strap within the model’s parlance). And when The Weeknd wore that very watch to a Los Angeles gala final week, it was a reminder of how a lot the watch world has modified: The watch designed to slot in with an informal wardrobe now appears to be like excellent at a gala and paired with a swimsuit.
The Aquanaut was a newcomer in 1997, retailing for about $5,000, in line with Hodinkee, nevertheless it now sells for $23,070 for these fortunate sufficient to get one straight from Patek. (It’s extra simply discovered now for a number of occasions that quantity on the secondary market.) Perhaps what’s modified essentially the most is that, whereas the Aquanaut was as soon as designated for the nouveau riche popping out of Silicon Valley, it’s now very a lot the area of well-known actors, rappers, momagers (see beneath) and singers like The Weeknd.
Luka Doncic’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
When did Luka Doncic formally change into an NBA celebrity? Was it final 12 months, when he led his group to the convention finals? How about this 12 months, the place he’s been averaging 36.1 factors per recreation this season? I’d argue that it occurred on TKNIGHT, when he broke out aRolex Daytona—also referred to as the Official Watch of NBA Superstars. LeBron James owns one, and so does Anthony Davis. Additionally: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Michael Jordan. Now, Doncic owns one in gold with a black dial and gold once more on the subdials—the trendy piece is harking back to the beloved “John Participant Particular” Daytona.
Kris Jenner’s Patek Philippe Aquanaut
It took precisely eight (8) days for this watch to land on the wrist of Jenner. It was just a few weeks in the past that Patek introduced this new hilariously ostentatious model of its Aquanaut. The brand new model of the sporty mannequin comes with two rings of diamonds on the bezel: a rainbow of 40 sapphires on the periphery and 40 extra diamonds stacked within these. Even the hour markers are represented by totally different coloured gems. This watch is already being handed backwards and forwards between Jenner and boyfriend Cory Gamble, who wore the Aquanaut to a Lakers recreation.
Eddie Redmayne’s Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Redmayne’s Seamaster is linked to each James Bond (Pierce Brosnan wore the watch whereas in character), and Prince William (who acquired it as a present from his mother Princess Diana). So what’s Redmayne making an attempt to inform us with this watch? Clearly that’s he’s about to change into both the brand new James Bond, or next-in-line to be the King of Britain. Large week!