Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll keep track of the most unusual, outrageous, and coveted timepieces that have been noticed on celebrities.
It was essentially a Watches of the Week holiday last weekend due to the fact that John Mayer, our patron saint of heavenly horology, walked onto the Grammy stage with amazing hair and an even better watch than usual. The timepiece in question is a Patek Philippe 5270G, which is made of platinum and features a perpetual calendar as well as a chronograph. It can be purchased at auction for upwards of $130,000. Mayer and Patek perpetual calendars have a long and illustrious history of collaboration. A prior version of this watch with a white dial was described by Mayer as “as good as it may ever be” in his very first “Talking Watches” video with Hodinkee, which was released back in 2013. Mayer has demonstrated that he has not changed his mind about this. These watches have become increasingly valuable to him over the years, and he now has a collection of several, including one that is encrusted with baguette diamonds. The 5270G watch that Mayer wore to the Grammys is the successor to those legendary timepieces and is a part of Patek’s long and illustrious history of perpetual calendar timepiece design. Luke Doncic discovered a new watch brand this week, and Mayer wasn’t the only one in the audience at the Grammys sporting a very good Patek Philippe.
In the watch collecting community, Mayer is well-liked because he totally embraces the nerdery of it all—an approach that is evident in his affection for this particular piece. According to him in his second “Talking Watches” video, “I love the American Courier-typewriter typeface on a perpetual [calendar] watch.” “It’s the Wolf of Wall Street crap from the 1980s, and I really adore it.” There are many other reasons why the 5270 is so well-liked, aside from its font. Similarly to its predecessor, this perpetual calendar watch is larger than the preceding period of Patek Philippe’s mega-popular perpetual calendar timepieces. The increased size of the watch made it simpler to read and enabled the inclusion of a tachymeter, which is a ring of numbers along the outside rim used to measure speed, into the design. This racecar-driver gadget also gives the timepiece a far more sporty appearance. Mayer even refers to it as “Patek’s Daytona,” a reference to the Rolex Daytona.
The name of this watch, on the other hand, is quite a mouthful. Let’s take it step by step. Porto Cervo Marina is a tourist town on the island of Sardinia, Italy, located at the northern extremity of the island. It is described as “a luxury yacht magnet and a billionaires’ playground” in one of the first paragraphs of the Wikipedia entry for the town of Porto Cervo. In 2012, to commemorate the resort’s 50th anniversary, Hublot lent a hand in organizing a bash. Elton John performed for the affluent crowd, and Hublot released two limited-edition timepieces, one of which was worn by Carmelo Anthony in this photograph.
Lil Baby managed to get his hands on two high-end Richard Mille timepieces in a single night earlier this year. In the end, neither of them made the cut for the Grammys red carpet, as the rapper veered away from his flamboyant luxury sports watches and instead opted for this spotless Patek Philippe. This watch was introduced in 2006 and features a design that was adapted from a Patek Calatrava from the late 1930s. It still looks as fantastic as it did 15 years ago, and it has been more than eight decades since the original design was created.
Luka Dončić, who has worn a gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak for most of his still-young career, has apparently discovered a new watch brand he’s very excited about. This week, he wore Hublot’s Big Bang with a gold case and a black ceramic dial. And while I missed it the first time around, a closer inspection of Dončić’s All-Star weekend fit shows a flash of orange peeking out from under his sleeve. Only Hublot has the moxie to make a watch like that. Clearly, someone had a good time at his local authorized dealer.
Thomas is an unexpected clotheshorse, assuming that you consider an enormous number of polos, khakis, and vintage jerseys to be sufficient prerequisites for such a designation. He has two walk-in closets that are crammed with his belongings, which include a large collection of timepieces. Among these timepieces is this Daytona in white gold, which serves as a counterpoint to Mayer’s Patek 5790. The Watches of the Week are arranged in a wide circle!
Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll keep track of the most unusual, outrageous, and coveted timepieces that have been noticed on celebrities. Making a watch more personal by engraving the caseback is a nice touch, whether you want to inscribe a sentimental message, a warning, or a foul-mouthed dismissal onto the metal caseback....
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