Welcome to Watches of the weekwhere we will keep track of the rarest, wildest and most desirable watches spotted on celebrities.
Count on John Mayer to always find the dark, outrageous watch that seems tailor-made for him. For most of the year, this salmon-colored perpetual calendar was hiding, secretly hiding in Japan as an exclusive version that not even the US-based AP team knew about, according to hodinkee. But at the end of last summer, when a second batch became available in the United States, Mayer immediately became a customer. It was a natural fit – after all, our officially designated WWMIC (Watch World’s Most Influential Collector) already has a constant love of hard-to-buy mystical fashion from Japan and maintains a storage unit to hold all of his Visvim.
Even if it didn’t emerge from some hiding place in Japan, this watch would likely make Mayer giddy with desire. Mayer really leaned on his Audemars Piguet pieces. He recently wore the new Royal Oak “Music Edition” which uses a series of sapphires to mimic the look of an audio equalizer on the dial. A hilarious choice for Mayer. But there is something watch collectors find irresistible about salmon-colored dials. Fish hue is a favorite hue for special editions of many brands, whether you are Patek Philippe selling the most expensive wristwatch in history or Zenith in its recent Hodinkee tie. Rack up another winner for Mayer.
Omega Seamaster Ploprof by Simu Liu
I believe we have a first here in Watch of the Week history. In the over three years that I have written this column, no celebrity has worn the extraordinarily funky Ploprof (a portmanteau of the French word for diver, plongeur and professional). So hello to Liu, because this is one of my favorite watches. It’s a true design quirk – the Ploprof was made for divers and has even received feedback on the look from the French dive company COMEX (even the much desired Rolex dials). In an official guide to clarify its history, Omega writes that the face of the watch “is undoubtedly the most distinguishing feature of the watch”. Well, I hate being argumentative, but I’d say the watch’s most distinguishing feature is that huge button that sticks out to one side. Liu’s is a luxury version of the Ploprof, but many of the original models feature a safe-to-press Big Red Button – how much fun is that? (Pressing the button unlocks the winding bezel, if you were wondering.) This feature brings the watch completely into nutshell territory and makes it a true star of the red carpet.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak by Daniel Kaluuya
The hottest competition in the world right now is the one underway between high speed train Other NO walkers on the red carpet. What we are seeing is a suitable battle of such enormous proportions and with such A-list talent, that it seems the Russo brothers need to get involved in some way. Scoring a point for his team is Daniel Kaluuya, who wore one of the special Royal Oaks AP staged for the watch’s 50th anniversary.
Jack Harlow’s Rolex GMT-Master II
If there’s one watch that symbolizes the “First Class” lifestyle that Harlow talks about, it’s GMT. The watch was built for travel: Originally designed for Pan-Am employees, its price and rarity mean that GMT is now more associated with people sitting in those comfortable seats at the front of the plane. Harlow wears the “Batman” version of the watch in black and blue.
Aaron Paul’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual
the breaking Bad Lately the cinematic universe is taking on epic proportions: the spin-off of the show Better to call Saul just did a crossover episode with Bryan Cranston and Paul. Meanwhile, the couple witnessed the unveiling of their character statue at the Albuquerque Convention Center last weekend. For the event, Paul wore one of the short-lived and highly coveted Oyster Perpetuals with a ruby red dial. Paul’s former co-star just so happens to own exactly the same watch.