Drake’s new Rolex is a true blue grail

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Perhaps no urine collection attacks more ferociously than Drake, seemingly ready to dive into every corner of the urine world. He will wear a Patek Philippe customized by Virgil Abloh one daya horny Richard Mille anotherand keep on your toes by quoting Queen Elizabeth II as inspiration to wear a rare version of a Patek Philippe Ellipse. Last weekend he wore a watch with less complicated bona fides: Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman,” famously one of the most important grails of the ancient world. For a guy who has done a whole lot of watch flexing, this might be his most impressive flex yet.

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For the uninitiated, the watch got its name because Paul Newman wore this style of Daytona. Simple enough! But the actor’s endorsement was a big deal: before photographs of Newman wearing this watch went viral, this model was unloved by most collectors. And then suddenly it wasn’t. The watch comes with some funky features, like an “exotic” dial that has a sunken outer edge in a different color than the center and the fine numbers on the sub-dials. These details once scared off collectors – but they are the same ones that make this watch one of the holy grails of the hobby in 2023.

The “Paul Newman” Daytona is an interesting choice for Drake, who breaks many of the conventional rules when it comes to urine collection. He had Abloh cover his Nautilus with diamonds, and often replaces the standard bracelets on Rolex watches with those from Chrome Hearts, bucking the conventional wisdom that changing anything on a watch once it leaves the factory is a big no-no. The “Paul Newman” Daytona, on the other hand, is a true nerd’s grail. It is a watch that requires the buyer to understand the details that make it special. (If you want to be cynical, you could argue that Drake is simply buying into the massive hype surrounding this piece. Paul Newman’s very own “Paul Newman” Daytona sold for $17.8 millionwhich briefly set the record for the most expensive wristwatch ever, in the fall of 2017, while most run for around $TK.)

Drake’s new Daytona may not have belonged to Newman, but it has a special connection to the rapper. Menta Watch’s Adam Golden, who picked up this piece, explained in an Instagram comment that “this one came direct from the original owner from Toronto.” I don’t know if he ever mentioned this, but Drake is actually from Toronto. Pretty cool coincidence.

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Jeremy Allen White’s Vacheron Constantin 222

It turns out that Jeremy Allen White and I have a lot in common. He plays a tortured chef the bear, a perfect show with perfect white T-shirts. I am also extremely passionate about both food and tees. He had a meal at Langer’s, Los Angeles’ home of killer pastrami, last year; I did too. (Technically it was because we were there at the same time, to conduct an interview for GQ’s Men of the Year issue, but I’d argue it’s also because we both love pastrami. He was a treat, in case you’re wondering.) Now, at this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards (where the critics get to choose!), he’s outing himself as a watch nerd. More than that: his VC 222, a revival of the brand’s sporty watch from the ’70s, was near the top of my list of favorite 2022 releases. I feel like this is it scene i Step brothers: “Did we just become best friends?” “Yup.”

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Steph Curry’s Rolex Deepsea Sea Dweller

Sports watches have taken over as the dominant category when it comes to urine collection. These tough stainless steel pieces are now acceptable for romantic date nights, red carpets and business meetings. Ocean exploration watches like Curry’s Deepsea, on the other hand, haven’t quite reached the shores of celebrity. But hey – when you’re celebrating your NBA title at the White House, you can wear whatever you want.

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Frances Tiafoe’s Tag Heuer Carrera

No one has looked cooler at the Australian Open than rising American Frances Tiafoe. His swirly technicolor set has been controversial, but it shouldn’t be – it rules. Tiafoe also recently wore a stunning watch to the premiere of Netflix’s new tennis doc series Breakpoint. This particular version of the Tag Heuer Carrera is skeletonized to let the wearer see inside the watch, just like Breakpoint is designed to let viewers see inside the world of tennis. I’m sure that’s exactly the parallel Tiafoe was trying to draw.


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Tyler James Williams’ Cartier Santos Dumont

Abbott ElementaryWilliams wore an entire piggy bank’s worth of Cartier jewelry to the Critic’s Choice Awards: a nail-shaped tie pin, a gold necklace, the brand’s famous Panthère rings, the brand’s even more famous Love bracelet, and even a Love ring for good measure. But of course the piece de resistance was Williams gold Santos Dumont. The combination of white dial and yellow gold watch is unmatched.

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