Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
Blinged-out, super-icy watches—the kind that require a pair of sunglasses to stare directly at—are not, strictly speaking, all that rare. DJ Khaled has a dozen, Drake has a few, of freaking course Lil Uzi Vert has his. The procurement process is almost always the same: drop an entire bag on an already very nice watch, take it to your jeweler of choice, and request they empty their entire supply of diamonds. More unusual are watches that come straight from the manufacturer looking music-video ready. One of those belongs to Antoine Griezmann, the French soccer player on the move from Atletico Madrid, who was spotted wearing a blindingly hot Rolex Rainbow Daytona. You know the watch is special because, even though Griezmann and his hair have somehow perfectly captured ‘70s David Hasselhoff, the Rolex is the first thing you notice. I’m in awe. Plus, another big week for the Patek Philippe Nautilus and a surprisingly strong showing from Breitling.
Antoine Griezmann’s Everose Gold Rolex Rainbow Daytona
Rolex’s bread and butter is purposeful sport watches made for divers or race car drivers. Griezmann’s is extremely not that, unless you consider flexing on everyone within a 10-mile radius a professional purpose. The amount of bling in this watch is jaw-dropping: the rainbow effect on the bezel is achieved with 36 baguette-cut sapphires, there are an additional 56 diamonds on the case, and then another 11 sapphires on the dial standing in for the hour markers. Even the hands are made out of rose gold!
Brad Pitt’s Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition
Pitt’s watch knows how to get around: Breitling, a brand best known for making watches for pilots, collaborated with motorcycle company Norton for this edition of its Premier B01 Chronograph 42. Then it made it onto the wrist of Brad Pitt. Not too shabby for this humble $8,800 timepiece.
Harrison Ford’s Breitling Aerospace
Harrison Ford is famous for spending his downtime flying planes, and he wears a watch to match his hobby. Breitling watches were used by British Royal Air Force pilots during World War II, and the company has cemented itself as a favorite of aviators—including, apparently, the one who flies the Millenium Falcon. The digital display on Ford’s watch helps him get a good look when the stopwatch or countdown feature is activated. Ford is dedicated to this piece: he wore it during a cover shoot for a little magazine called Gentlemen’s Quarterly in 2017.
Drake’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
Drake cheered, pumped his fists, and made “Hotline Bling” hands at Klay Thompson during game one of the Finals between the Warriors and Raptors—all while wearing a special Nautilus. We’ve seen some special takes on this classic watch over the past week, including ones worn by Virgil Abloh and Luka Sabbat. This one is definitely…the shiniest. And Drake wasn’t the only guy wearing one. Just ask…
Henry Golding’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
While Drake covered his Nautilus in diamonds, Golding kept his classic. The watch is a famous-dude favorite, and not even GQ Man of the Year Golding is immune to its charms. The watch was designed to be one of Patek Philippe’s sportier options, so naturally the Crazy Rich Asians star wore it to the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco this week. That’s just A+ thematic outfit coordination.
Sting’s Bulgari Diagono Chronograph
Very good French boy Sting went to the French Open this week wearing a Bulgari Diagono. According to Bulgari, the watch is named after the ancient Greek “agon” competition, designed to “determine the best debaters or athletes.” Maybe a signal from Sting to the tennis players he was there to see: I’ll be watching you.
Article written by Cam Wolf #GQ