Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
Last NFL offseason, in the aftermath of Odell Beckham Jr.’s trade from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, the star wide reciever’s life was suddenly awash in orange. There was the Rolls-Royce he bought in the exact shade of burnt orange associated with his new team. (He said he bought it before he was even traded—a beautiful premonition.) Even the watch he was suddenly wearing all the time shared an orange with his new digs—the Richard Mille RM-11 even made its way onto the field with him. But this was in preparation for a different incarnation of the Cleveland Browns: the one with the hottest new quarterback in football and Super Bowl aspirations. Now, with expectations tempered in Cleveland, Beckham has found a new headline-making but more team-agnostic watch to wear: the highly desirable Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711. Also this week, Virgil Abloh wears a watch that isn’t blacked out (and one that is) and a presidential candidate keeps it lowkey.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
Customers who want a Patek Philippe Nautilus, especially the no-frills 5711 on Beckham’s wrist, are famously forced to wait as long as eight years to get one. Beckham, no doubt, doesn’t have that problem—it’s more likely he can miraculously grab Nautiluses out of thin air whenever he’d like. The Nautilus Beckham wore to the Burberry runway show is incredibly classic: dark dial, stainless steel case, and no complicated functions outside a date display.
Virgil Abloh’s Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3800 and Jacob & Co Five Time Zone PVD
Since taking over as the men’s designer of Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh has flashed a seriously impressive collection of watches. But for the most part, they have one thing in common: they are all done up in all black—or as we may have said half a decade ago murdered out. The Patek Philippe Nautilus he owns? All black. The Jacob & Co. watch he wore at All-Star weekend? All black. The watch he designed for Drake (the one “going nuts”)? You guessed it: all black, with some emerald-green embellishments.
So it was surprising to see the designer attending the Lanvin show wearing another monochromatic Nautilus—but this time completely gold. Just when you think you’ve pegged Abloh’s taste, he swerves!
Schoolboy Q’s Rolex Day Date 40
The Rolex Day Date has seen many things: it’s been worn on the wrists of presidents and all stripes of luminaries. But nothing compares to the view it had this week. The watch sat courtside on Schoolboy Q’s wrist as Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans went into a heavyweight matchup against LeBron James and the Lakers. As both Schoolboy’s watch and James, who won the game, can attest: nothing beats a classic.
Michael Bloomberg’s Victorinox Swiss Army Original
Presidential candidates often have a way of politicking with their wristwear choice: Bernie Sanders wears a Citizen Eco-Drive available to the 99%, and Barack Obama wore a similarly affordable Tag Heuer when he was running in 2007. Bloomberg has taken a similar approach during his heavily criticized run, wearing a very simple, sub-$200 Victorinox watch. This isn’t the work of a savvy behind-the-scenes stylist, though—Bloomberg has worn the inexpensive, understated watch for years.
Winston Duke’s Drive de Cartier
The hallowed names whispered about at Cartier: Drive de Cartier… Tank de Cartier… Winston Duke de Cartier. While Cartier is often thought of as an old maison with watches designed by French mustachioed artisans toiling away decades ago, the Drive could almost be described as brand-new by Cartier standards. Unveiled in 2016, the Drive keeps all of Cartier’s classicism while allowing the house to flex its watchmaking abilities. Versions of the Drive often come with skeletonized casebacks or tourbillons on the dial. Duke opts for the simpler, all-black model.