It’s going to take more than a stay-in-place order to keep watch obsessives away from their wristwear. In March a RolexForum user asked the group if they were still wearing their watches in quarantine. The answers poured in: “Of course.” “Absolutely.” “Yes, every day.” And, “Why don’t you want to wear it at home?” Celebrities won’t let self-isolation get in the way of showing off their best watches, either. There are still ‘fit’ photos, IGTV episodes and even snapshots from training to flex for. For Drake, a family photo shoot was reason enough to bring out not one but two Patek Philippe watches, both of which would be the crown jewels of anyone else’s collection. In this edition of Watch of the Week, we review the best watches we’ve seen since the world hit the pause button in March.
Drake’s Patek Philippe 40th Anniversary Edition Nautilus
You know the Nautilus: it’s the unexpected grail watch that makes ordinary collectors flock to stores and wait years to get their hands on it. In other words: extraordinary. Well, even extraordinary doesn’t quite cut it for Drake. He already owns a Nautilus customized by designer Virgil Abloh. And the one shown in this picture is a limited edition version of the already scarce piece: only 1,300 pieces of this 40th anniversary model were released in 2016. The watch is embossed with a series of numbers (1976-40-2016) to commemorate the anniversary, and ten diamonds stand for hour markers.
But because Drake is nothing if not a show-off (see: his jet, his palace), one killer watch was not enough for his family portraits. In another photo with his son Adonis, he wears a Patek Philippe reference 5271P – a watch with a beautiful black dial and a bezel set with 58 baguette diamonds. There’s only one explanation why Drake released two watches at once: he didn’t hide his watches from the world, he hid the world from his watches.
John Mayer’s G-Shock GWG-1000-1A Mudmaster
A G-Shock watch for about $470 feels like an odd choice to John Mayer, best known for collecting unique Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet watches. But ever since Mayer established himself as a serious watch collector at the beginning of the last decade, he has been sure to define clearly his taste to include all watches. “I love Patek Philippe perpetual calendars only marginally more than I dig the Casio Frogman G-Shock – but for different reasons – and if you’re wearing any of them, there’s a good chance I’ll sidle over to you and start a conversation about it.” he wrote for Hodinkee in 2012.
The G-Shock Mayer wore during a recent episode of “Current Mood” is a 2015 release designed to withstand mud, hardscrabble environments and intense vibrations. It’s a watch that looks like it can get through anything – a sign of Mayer’s combativeness in trying times.
Steve Carell’s Omega Speedmaster i Space strength
Most people watching the trailer Space strengththe new workplace comedy starring Steve Carell, has likely seen the grounds for a hopefully fun new show that will help kill a few hours in quarantine. Watch obsessives saw something else: an Omega Speedmaster. Kudos to whoever put the costumes together Space strength, because the show at least got that detail. Since the 60s, NASA has issued Omega Speedmasters to all of its astronauts. The watch’s super-accurate chronograph function has saved real missions, but Carell looks like he’ll need more than a stopwatch to get him out of this one.
21 Savage’s Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Long live the fit image. Cartier glasses, a tie-dye Palm Angels hoodie and a navy Aquanaut-21 look like he could become an apprentice in a Uncut gems successor called 2 uncut 2 gems. If you want to wear a $40,000 watch with a sweatsuit while isolating yourself, the Aquanaut is really the only choice. The model with a rubber strap is the most relaxed in Patek Philippe’s line – think of it as the sporty little brother of the Nautilus.
Jimmy O. Yang’s Rolex GMT-Master
Last week we featured a list of pieces selected by watch dealer and expert Eric Wind. He shared a story about helping the director of Crazy rich Asians find a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona for a scene in the film. However, Wind’s connection to the film goes deeper. After the shooting, the author of the book connected Wind and Jimmy O. Yang, one of the film’s backers. Wind wrote that Yang was looking for a Rolex GMT-Master, a watch that would help the comedian keep track of multiple time zones as he trekked across the country on a book tour. Hodinkee first saw the watch on Yang’s wrist during his new comedy special Good deal.