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WATCHES CELEBRITIES ARE WEARING
President Donald Trump to Rihanna to Jackie Chan
Just wanted to write about a topic that would be fun reading and take our minds off COVID-19 and its effects ravaging the world – even for just a few minutes.
Let’s talk about watches. At Robert Palma Designs, we specialize in fine watches and I have to admit, personally, I have a collection of watches and love to change my what I wear from time to time (get it? – “time to time” Lol!)
Not all watches are created equal. In fact, some are in a league of their own. Combining impressive craftsmanship with a stylish aesthetic, luxury watches are so much more than simple accessories; they’re wearable works of art.
According to Forbes, the top 10 luxury watch brands are:
Jaquet Droz (this one does not appear in Forbes list – I added it 😉
Rolex was the first brand to get its watches onto the wrists of world leaders. To commemorate its 100,000th watch mark, Rolex offered prime minister Winston Churchill a rose gold Rolex Datejust, but it wasn’t until Lyndon B Johnson appeared in Time magazine wearing a Day-Date Perpetual Oyster Chronometer was when it became known as the “Rolex Presidential”. More recently, Former U.S. President Barrack Obama wore a Jorg Gray chronograph
Between 2007 – 2015 (a gift from his secret service detail). In March 2015, Obama doffed the Jorg Gray chronograph and started to wear a Fitbit Surge instead, according to London’s Daily Mail. In his post-president life, he’s been spotted wearing a Rolex Cellini. As expected, Current U.S. President, Donald Trump, has a love for gold and quite a watch collection. While president, he as mostly commonly be spotted with a Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1968, a Rolex Day-Date “President” and a Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse. Former Vice President Joe Biden Biden has been known to wear a few watches, including an Omega Seamaster, a Citizen, and here a Tissot T-Touch.
Let’s take a look at what a few of the richest people in the world are wearing. The world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos wears just 3 watches, his favorite being a $3,500 Ulysse Nardin Dual Time (the most updated version sells for about $7,700). Bezos also wears a Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT (retails about $5,500) and a Patak Philippe Calatrava 5119G – leather band – this is the most expensive watch he wears and he does so only special occasions. This one retails for roughly $22,000 but still quite conservative for the richest man on the planet. By comparison, the second richest person in the world, Bill Gates (net worth is about US$110 billion) wears a $70 Casio Duro
Now on to other celebrities and athletes – this is where it gets really fun and entertaining.
Taylor Swift has a love of cats and wears a wristwatch with a cat face on the dial in the You Need To Calm Down music video
It comes to no surprise the music star Drake has a ridiculous collection of luxury, and yes, over the top watches. Let’s just say Drake’s admiration is more than love, his horology craving borders on gluttony. Eagle-eyed fans noticed the rap superstar was sporting a Richard Mille 69 Tourbillon Erotic watch on his wrist – a $995,000 timepiece that “plainly reveals the wearer's deepest desires for luxury and bling. Another one of his latest watches is a a Richard Mille RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon watch, featuring a cool price tag of $750,000.
He also owns an iconic bright blue RM 11 Last Edition Baby Blue Felipe Massa Ceramic Chrono. And the list goes on.
Beyonce wears a limited edition $30,000 rose gold Apple Watch in a recently released image on her website. Mrs. Carter is one of the first celebrities to be seen with this watch. It is her husband, Jay Z that wears the flash. In 2013, Beyonce laid down a whopping $5 million on a custom made “Big Bang” from Hublot . It is encrusted with 1,282 diamonds and was given by Beyoncé to her husband Jay-Z on his 43rd birthday.
Like her friend, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian West has a love for gold. In 2017 the reality star purchased Jackie Kennedy’s timeless 18k gold 1962 Cartier tank wristwatch for nearly $400,000, though is is commonly photographed in “every day wear” with a yellow gold Rolex Datejust with the Rolex oyster bracelet.
Kylie Jenner seems to have a much larger array of watches than her sister. The world’s youngest self made billionaire was gifted with a diamond-encrusted Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch by boyfriend Travis Scott (NBA star, Lebron James sports this same watch – in the men’s version). She also sports a rose gold version from the same watch maker. She has also been spotted with a number of Cartier watches including a diamond Cartier Tank Anglaise,
One of Ryan Reynolds’ most unique timepieces is the Piaget Altiplano Scrimshaw Engraving Watch. The art of scrimshaw involves engraving on bone and ivory, followed by an application of pigment to bring out the design. Reynolds’ choice model features a falcon engraved on a dial of fossilised mammoth ivory. Ryan Reynolds is now The Piaget ambassador and wears the brand’s timepieces on his wrist on- and off-duty, but we’ve seen him wear other brands, too. Ryan wears a Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale in '6 Underground' and has photographed with an Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of The Moon and vintage Cartier Roadster Chronograph (The Nines).
In his role as assassin John Wick, actor Keanu Reeves wears a wears a Carl F. Bucherer Manero Autodate. The brand is quickly developing a reputation for partnering with filmmakers who incorporate its watches directly into the action—as was the case in the 2017 action film Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron.
Then there are some other notable time pieces that I need to mention. Ed Sheeran has a surprisingly large collection of very unique and refreshing watches. It’s the breadth and depth that astonishes. At one end of the spectrum, there’s the lairy, fresh-out-the-oven Richard Mille Evil Eye showpiece that is earmark “rocker”. And at the other, quietly considered, low-key Sturmanskie Gagarin Vintage which would make any serious watch collector do a double take were they to see it flash discreetly underneath the sleeve of one of his hoodies or t-shirts. Moving from the music stage to the boxing ring – Floyd Mayweather’s Jacob & Co Billionaire, say it all about his love for flash. It’s more a piece of jewelry than a watch, but when you already have jets and private chefs aplenty, what else is there but a $18 million timepiece? Let’s hope he give more than that away to those in need than what he wears on his wrist. But let’s face it, he’s fought for every penny! Last but not least, Paul Newman’s personal ‘Paul Newman’ 1968 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - the Holy Grail of classic timepieces. There were only 2000 – 3000 of these watches ever made so the model itself if hard to come by. But this Rolex Daytona owned by Paul Newman, a titan of Hollywood, sold at auction for a world record (at the time of its sale in 2017) $17.8 million. A new record for the most expensive watch sold has since been set with the sale of a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime for $31 million in 2019. The watch’s most unique feature is front and back dials — one salmon colored, the other black — that can be flipped or reversed.
I like the idea of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime because its a watch that no one else on earth has. In my opinion, I still revert back to customization of timepieces – especially if you can afford it. Any fine watch can be customized. Nearly every part of the EXTERIOR of a watch can be customized. From the dial to the bezel, the case, the crystal, the hands to the strap/links. Diamonds, precious gems, gold, platinum, rubber, ceramic, engraving/etched, almost anything you can think of. Think it, Robert Palma Designs make it! Remember, everything we do is built around you!
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