Drake & Ed Sheeran
Drake and Ed Sheeran were both spotted recently wearing the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711/1300A in stainless steel with a ‘sunburst olive green’ dial – factory-set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds around the bezel.
The Maison announced in January that 2021 would be the last year of production for the iconic Nautilus ref. 5711/1A. Accompanying that announcement came the well-documented launch of two stainless steel references, both with an olive green sunburst dial, and one with a bezel set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds: the ref. 5711/1300A-001 seen on Drizzy and Ed here. Whilst diamonds are usually reserved for Patek’s precious metal variants, this Nautilus has been given a rare combination of stainless steel for its case and bracelet paired with a diamond-set bezel. Reinforcing the fact that green is indeed the new blue this year, both references instantly became the most sought-after pieces on the market. Extremely rare and hard to procure, the iced-out ref. 5711/1300A-001 currently goes for almost 4x its retail price.
Retail price: USD 94,624 / HKD 679,000
Est. market value: USD 800,000+ / HKD6,230,000+
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was spotted wearing an Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph ref. 26399CR, limited to just 50 pieces.
Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 collection made its debut at SIHH in 2019 – and wasn’t treated to the warmest welcome. The initial release of 13 references took the industry by surprise, to say the least. The Code 11.59 came equipped with novel features: a double-curved sapphire crystal, a round case design (with an octagonal mid-case sandwiched between a round top and back), and hollowed-out lugs – which was an aesthetic departure from the Royal Oak in every sense. Ranging from time-only models all the way to minute repeaters in a range of various designs, colourways and materials, the range of the initial release was impressive – and in the two years since its launch, there’s no denying that the Code 11.59 has evolved for the better.
A prime example of what we’re talking about is this ref. 26399CR. Definitely one of the most striking and avant-garde designs implemented in a suit watch, Kevin Hart’s ref. 26399CR is wonderfully complicated but makes no sacrifice in its design with sharp, purposeful lines, and an extraordinary amount of depth and three-dimensionality.
Reference: 26399CR.OO.D002CR.01 Limited to 50 pcs.
Retail price: USD 289,000 / HKD 2,250,000
Ed Sheeran was spotted at the VMA’s wearing a vintage 18K gold Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph from the 1940’s, the legendary ref. 1518.
The English singer-songwriter has proven time and time again that he is one of the biggest celebrity collectors. Showing up at an industry event with a vintage Patek Philippe provides a way for him to stand out from his peers and also shows his deep knowledge of the watchmaking history; and whilst some may question his choice of jacket, here we cannot help but applaud his choice of timepiece.
The Patek Philippe ref. 1518 was the first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch and was the catalyst for many future serially-produced complicated watches from the brand. The ref. 1518 is an icon of Patek's, and it's crazy to think that the watch was released in 1941 in the midst of The Second World War. The watch has a perfectly balanced dial design, and sparked a whole lineage of perpetual calendar chronographs that still exist today in the Maison’s diverse catalogue.
Est. market value: USD 440,000+ / HKD 3,450,000+
Football player for Manchester United Paul Pogba was spotted wearing a platinum Patek Philippe ref. 5905P with a flyback chronograph and annual calendar complication with a blue dial.
For many watch collectors and enthusiasts, having a chronograph function paired with a calendar complication represents the best of what a daily-wearer would need. Released in 2015, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5905P is housed in a hefty 42mm platinum case and features a 60-minute chronograph at 6 o’clock while providing all the useful information of the annual calendar (day, date and month) at the top of the dial between 10 and 2 o’clock. The usefulness of an annual calendar resides in the fact that the watch takes into account the lengths of individual months, but unlike a perpetual calendar it does not account for February and leap years, so once a year, the wearer must adjust that themselves.
The present ref. 5905P with a sunburst blue dial is enhanced by the contrasting white minute track and matching font which gives the piece a sporty yet still dressy look.
Retail price: USD 92,940 / HKD 628,100
Est. market value: USD 71,000+ / HKD 560,000+
Recently joining Levante, German-Albanian football player Shkodran Mustafi was spotted wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin ref. 26586IP.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin – a.k.a the “RD#2” – is the production piece of their prototype shown at SIHH in 2018 – the second piece to have come out of AP’s Research & Development department. This watch took 5 years to create, and features a brand-new Caliber 5133 that is just 2.89 mm thick! To achieve this ultra-thin caliber, AP had to reduce the number of layers typically found in a perpetual calendar movement. The danger that comes with this is making sure that all the gears and parts of the movement remain in place and do not touch and damage each other while a person is wearing the watch. To have a watch this thin whilst accommodating all the indications that a perpetual calendar needs – including a leap year and the fact that the watch is self-winding with a full rotor – is an incredible achievement. Housed in a titanium case, the watch is not only ultra-thin but also ultra-light.
Retail price: USD 150,000 / HKD 1,168,000
Est. market value: USD 260,000+ / HKD 2,025,000+
Georgina Rodríguez, model and partner of Cristiano Ronaldo, was spotted wearing an 18k yellow gold Rolex Day-Date with a Lavender Jade ‘Carousel’ dial set with diamonds (ref. 118238). A legendary watch that requires no introduction, the Day-Date is an undisputed classic from Rolex. Featuring a fluted bezel, 36mm case, president bracelet and a stunning lavender jade dial set with diamonds, this is a playful watch brimming with personality.
Reference: 118238 Lavender Jade
Est. market value: USD 50,000+ / HKD389,000+
Norwegian DJ Kygo was spotted wearing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in white ceramic, ref. 26579CB. One of the most highly-coveted modern Royal Oaks, the ref. 26579CB is hard to miss. With its (almost-blindingly) all-white ceramic case and bracelet paired with an ocean-blue dial and matching white subdials, there's no other Royal Oak that remotely resembles it – not to mention, its nautical colour scheme makes it the perfect watch for summer.
It’s worth noting that ceramic is 7 times harder than steel, making it one of the most durable materials in watchmaking – but notoriously difficult to work with. Extremely lightweight and scratch-resistant, you’re afforded greater peace of mind when it comes to daily wear and tear. What’s more, AP finishes its ceramic case and bracelet to the very same elite standard of the steel Royal Oak – and the contrasting sheen of the brushed and polished bevels of a ceramic Royal Oak’s case and bracelet is truly spectacular.
Retail price: USD135,000 / HKD1,050,000
Est. market value: USD370,000+ / HKD2,800,000+
UK rapper Dave was seen at the premiere of the new James Bond film – No Time To Die – wearing the new 100-piece limited-edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph.
With an icon as powerful as the Royal Oak Offshore amongst their ranks, introducing a new generation will probably always be a trying exercise for AP. That being said, it’s clear that they’ve nailed it here. From its case design to its movement (the in-house cal. 2967) and its quick-change strap system, the Royal Oak Offshore has been given some serious updates this year. Limited to 100 pieces, the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph seen on Dave is a fantastic vehicle for AP to demonstrate their watchmaking prowess, and we’re here for it.
Reference: 26622TI.GG.D002CA.01 Limited to 100 pcs.
Retail price: USD 258,000 / HKD 2,000,000