Leonardo DiCaprio wears the Insta-Grail watch of 2021
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Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t really seem like a Watch Guy. He’s happiest in a crumpled T-shirt and cargo shorts, blasting through Manhattan on a Citibike. However, there may be one watch that has the power to convert it: the Patek Philippe Nautilus with a Tiffany blue dial. Most people interested in watches probably know the story by now. Last year, Patek Philippe announced that it was discontinuing the beloved 5711 Nautilus, the simplest and most valuable of the Nautilus models. The 5711 then took a victory lap throughout 2021, capping it with a green face edition, announced in April, which has already sold for $376,000 at auction. However, no one could have seen the Tiffany blue dial iteration coming. Prior to last year, the holy grail of the Nautilus collection was an edition stamped simply with a discreet Tiffany & Co. logo no larger than a few millimeters. This new version, with its aquamarine dial, is so in front and on the nose that it could have been personalized for Drake. Also this week: Tom Holland throws not one but two GMTs into the rotation and Chris Paul shows off one of the best new Rolex pieces.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
DiCaprio collects very few watches – years ago he was spotted in a Rolex Daytona and he wore a Tag Heuer Aquaracer before that – but he clearly knows how to choose them. It’s undeniably the hottest watch to release in quite some time, attracting big-name Watch Guys celebrities like Tiffany Ambassador Jay-Z, who was the first to show the watch in public, and LeBron James, who has had something nice under the tree on Christmas Day. And, as part of its release, Patek sent one of the pieces to be auctioned off for charity. The retail price is $50,000, but someone was willing to shell out over $6.5 million rather than take a chance on the waitlist. DiCaprio is in good company.
Chris Paul’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual
In 2020, Rolex released a new version of its all-time classic Submariner and a version of the watch with a green bezel. And yet, the watches that continue to make noise from this season are the Oyster Perpetuals with undeniably fun colored dials – a shade of blue reminiscent of a Tiffany box is particularly sought after, thanks to Patek Philippe’s collaboration with the jeweller. Chris Paul, who is known for his love of chic Pateks, changes things up with this coral-dial Oyster Perpetual.
Tom Holland’s Rolex GMT-Master II
Before going on paternity leave in December – please clap! – I appointed Tom Holland as NGC, or Next Great Collector. When I return, I am happy to see Holland live up to this title. He deploys another classic Rolex – we know he also owns a Rolex Submariner with a green ceramic bezel (the Cermit) and the beloved Daytona – in the GMT-Master II. It looks like Spider-Man is wearing the black and blue pattern known as Batman. (Thanks for the support, Tom!)
But one big watch doesn’t make an NGC. Just days after wearing the Batman, Holland released another GMT: the black and brown model known as Root Beer.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak by John Mayer
Even John Mayer’s watch plays soft music. This edition of AP’s Royal Oak is the Minute Repeater Supersonnerie, a variant of the classic minute repeater, a function that strikes the time. The difference? AP is super strong. There were only 20 of these watches produced. Naturally Mayer, a god-level watch collector, owns one.
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