Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we track the rarest, wildest, and most sought-after watches from celebrities.
Pharrell is clearly not from this planet. The man does not age and dresses like an evolved species sent here to be our benevolent intergalactic ruler. The rapper-producer-singer has the bracelets to prove it: a space-quality Richard Mille that he made in partnership with the luxury sports watch brand. The watch, released in November 2019, is the visualization of one of Pharrell’s dreams: It shows an astronaut standing on Mars and looking back at Earth. This isn’t the typical design you’d find on a $ 969,000 watch, but that’s exactly why Pharrell was primarily interested in Richard Mille. He calls RM’s watches “a breath of fresh air in a category that is stagnating”. Also this week, more pandas and future have a citrus party on their wrist.
Pharrells Richard Mille RM 52-05
Pharrell was a long time Richard Mille fan. He launched the brand with a song back in 2006 and was spotted frequently with the RM25-01, which was made in collaboration with Sylvester Stallone, until his own model was released. In the press release for this article he called Richard Mille the “Timepiece Supreme Creator”, which is about nails: Who else would bring out a watch with an astronaut motif that still contains all the bells and whistles – it is made of a material the brand calls cermet, that combines ceramics and metal and still manages to put a tourbillon under the spaceman – a very serious watch?
Rolex Pearlmaster of the future 39
Vitamin C deficiency is gone! This lemon orange version of the Datejust is the definition of sublime post-pandemic style. This watch was released in 2015 but feels like a long smoldering harbinger of what’s to come. This year, versions of Datejust and Day-Date are having more fun than ever. As with Future’s, a number of day dates due out this year will be adorned with jewels and rotated in party starting colors. So it’s not surprising that the future is trending.
Rolex Datejust by Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook never plays it from the book. If he’s wearing a sweater, he needs a gaping hole in the middle. If he is holding a basketball he needs a rim to destroy it. Even the very traditional Rolex Datejust isn’t immune to Westbrook’s “why not?” Mantra. While almost every version of the Datejust could be seen on Rolex’s anniversary bracelet, Westbrook swapped this for a dark blue leather strap with a yellow stripe off the center. In this case, it’s hard to argue with Westbrook’s offroading results: In the NBA, Datejusts are a dozen, but none look like Russ’s.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar from Austin River
Austin Rivers made a statement immediately after joining his new team, the Denver Nuggets. Not necessarily on the court, where he scored 5 points on his debut, but in the arena tunnel, where he wore one of the hottest watches out there. Audemars Piguet’s white ceramic Royal Oak seems to have its own gravity and pulls any top watch collector into its orbit: Kevin Hart has one, Trevor Noah, Virgil Abloh has customized his, and Draymond Green calls it one of the best pieces in his collection. Just a killer line of collectors who all agree that the already iconic Royal Oak made from white ceramic is something special.
Rolex Daytona by Stefanos Tsitsipas
In the past few weeks, this black and white Daytona – the “panda” dial – has appeared on the wrists of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Blake Griffin and now Monte Carlo Masters champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. I thought these things should be at risk?