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Last summer, Drake just rested. On New Year’s Day, he stretched. And on Valentine’s Day, he made love. At least that’s according to his new song “What’s Next”. As for the next step? We will see, he promised … Well, what happened next is what happened so many times during the career of Champagne Papi: he has a new watch. Seen leaving the studio alongside Zack Bia and other crew members, Drake was spotted wearing one of the coolest Rolex Daytonas we’ve seen in a while. This frosted blue-dialed Daytona was launched in 2013 to commemorate the model’s 50th anniversary, and Rolex went big for Daytona’s 50th: the brand first made the watch in platinum, then paired the ice blue bezel. with the chocolate brown bezel – also a first for the Daytona. At the time of its release, this added up for a very luxurious version of the sports watch. Eight years later, it remains a favorite among collectors, as evidenced by Drake by getting his hands on one. And it wasn’t the only big Daytona this week.
Drake’s Rolex Daytona
Drake’s MO as a watch collector seems to always be our guess. One moment he’s icing his Patek Philippe Nautilus – a big no-no among collectors – and the next he’s buying top-notch Daytonas that any hardcore lover would want.
Drake’s timing couldn’t be better either. Although Rolex was of great importance in outfitting its sporty Daytona with platinum and an icy blue dial in 2013, the Crown has come a long way since then. Now the Daytona is available in all sorts of precious metals – and this week Rolex unveiled a version of the watch with a meteorite dial. The Daytona has only gotten more interesting since Drake’s release – and at least part of that change can be attributed to this very part.
Cartier Ballon Bleu by Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya continues to sweep the awards show with his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah, and he continues to wear great watches while doing so. At the Critics’ Choice Awards, Kaluuya wore an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. And Sunday, during the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kaluuya worked with this Cartier Ballon Bleu. Take a look at the Kaluuya version of the watch, as Cartier just unveiled its successor at Watches & Wonders. The new Ballon Bleu will be reduced, from 42mm to 40 from Kaluuya, and now comes with these three words that all watch collectors dream of:
I love you “Internal movement”. This essentially means that Cartier will now manufacture the mechanism that powers the watch rather than acquiring it from an external watchmaker.
Blake Griffin’s Rolex Daytona
The white and black Panda dial could very well be the papa mack of modern Daytonas. The watch first came out in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped people, like those at the Time & Tide watch blog, from asking years later, “Is this the steel sport model GOAT?” While Drake’s ice blue and brown may require a comfortable collector with a bit of flash to get by, Griffin’s vintage-inspired panda dial is a real crowd pleaser. Just like his dunks.
Eddie Redmayne Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
The photo ops that celebrities are doing now to replace red carpet photos are a small positive aspect of Zoom awards season. If you’re dressing for a show, there’s no point letting people see the top half of you while politely cheering for the rest of the nominees. It’s a fair honor to be nominated, but not to have the opportunity for a fit photo turned down. So that explains Redmayne posing here in his Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. This piece is both a sports watch, a dress watch and everything is beautiful. The dial pattern is inspired by the look of a deck on a boat – I’ll take a guess and say the inspiration was closer to a yacht than a dinghy.
Jordan Spieth’s Rolex Daytona
There is the Rolex Daytona is one of, otherwise the, the most fashionable sports watch in the world: the watch appeared on the wrists of three personalities in the space of a week. Spieth’s is another luxury version of the racing watch: in white gold with a “Cerachrom” bezel (Rolex’s term for its ceramic), this piece is more comfortable in the luxury box than in the Daytona pit. Three very different guys, three very different Daytonas – I challenge you to find another watch with the same range.
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