It will take more than shelter to keep obsessive watches off their bracelets. In March, a RolexForum user asked the group if they were still wearing their watches in quarantine. The answers were, “Of course.” “Absolutely.” “Yes, every day.” And: “Why don’t you want to wear it at home?” Even celebrities don’t let self-isolation stop them from showing off their best timepieces. There are still matching pictures, IGTV episodes, and even snapshots of workouts to bend over for. For Drake, a family photo shoot was reason enough to bring out two Patek Philippe watches, each of which would be the crown jewel in someone else’s collection. In this edition of Clocks of the Week, we take a look at the best clocks we’ve clocked since hitting the pause button in March.
Drake’s Patek Philippe 40th Anniversary Nautilus
You know the Nautilus: it’s the unexpected grail clock that makes ordinary collectors visit boutiques and wait years to get their hands on it. In other words: extraordinary. Well, it is not quite extraordinary for Drake itself. He already owns a Nautilus, which was adapted by designer Virgil Abloh. And the one shown in this photo is a limited version of the already rare piece: in 2016 only 1,300 pieces of this model were released for the 40th anniversary. The watch is embossed with a series of numbers (1976-40-2016) that commemorate the anniversary and ten diamonds stand for indexes.
But because Drake is nothing more than a show-off (see: his jet, his palace), a killer watch was not enough for his family portraits. In another photo with his son Adonis he is wearing 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 for why Drake unleashed two clocks at once: he didn’t hide his clocks from the world, he hid the world from his clocks.
John Mayer’s G-Shock GWG-1000-1A Mudmaster
A G-Shock watch worth around $ 470 is an odd choice for John Mayer, best known for collecting one-of-a-kind Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet watches. But since Mayer began to excel as a serious watch collector at the beginning of the last decade, he has clearly defined his tastes to include all watches. “I love Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendars only marginally more than I dig the Casio Frogman G-Shock – but for a variety of reasons – and if you’re wearing both, I’ll likely go over to you and start a conversation about it.” In 2012 he wrote for Hodinkee.
The G-Shock Mayer, which was recently worn on an episode of “Current Mood,” is a 2015 release that withstands mud, hard scratches, and heavy vibration. It’s a watch that looks like it could thwart anything – a sign of Mayer’s readiness to fight in difficult times.
Steve Carell’s Omega Speedmaster in the Space Force
Most of the people who saw the trailer for Space Force, the new workplace comedy starring Steve Carell, likely saw what it took to be a hopefully fun new show that will help kill a few hours in quarantine. Watch as obsessives saw something else: an Omega Speedmaster. Kudos to everyone who put together the costumes for Space Force because the show hit that detail at least. NASA has exhibited Omega Speedmasters to all of its astronauts since the 1960s. The watch’s high-precision chronograph function saved real missions, but Carell looks like he would need more than a stopwatch to get out of this one.
21 Savages Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Long live the matching picture. Cartier glasses, a batik hoodie from Palm Angels, and a dark blue Aquanaut – 21 looks like he might be an apprentice in a sequel to Uncut Gems called 2 Uncut 2 Gems. If you’re wearing a $ 40,000 watch with a tracksuit on while isolating yourself, the Aquanaut really is your only choice. The model with the elastic bands is the most casual in the Patek Philippe line – think of it as the sporty younger brother of the Nautilus.
Rolex GMT-Master by Jimmy O. Yang
Last week we unveiled a list of pieces selected by watch dealer and expert Eric Wind. He told the director of Crazy Rich Asians how he could help a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona find a scene in the film. The connection between wind and film goes deeper, however. After filming, the author of the book joined Wind and Jimmy O. Yang, one of the film’s supporting cast. 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 wandered the country on a book tour. Hodinkee first spotted the watch on Yang’s wrist during his new comedy special, Good Deal.