welcome to Watches of the week, where we’ll follow the rarest, craziest and most coveted watches spotted on celebrities.
Welcome to the fight of the century. Let’s set some ground rules: The challengers are taking the all-new Patek Philippe Nautilus green dial, initially priced at around $ 35,000 but already sold in auction houses for $376,000– and find a way to zhuzh even more. In the corner we have John Mayer, the world’s most influential watch collector. In the other we have Ed Sheeran, from Mayer Hodinkee colleague and voracious collector of rare watches.
You might be wondering what is so special about this Green Dial Nautilus. Well, for starters, its blue-dialed sibling is already the world’s most desired watch, a piece that inspires waiting lists for years to come. Add to that the fact that Patek will cease production of the Model 5711 by the end of the year, which means that this green-dialed version will be made in 2021 and then never again. This is what watch traditions are made of, and yet the base model is still not enough for Sheeran or Mayer. Let’s see what they brought this week.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 / 1300A by Ed Sheeran
Sheeran is not afraid of non-traditional watches. He owns other Nautilus watches personalized by Bamford and original pieces by Richard Mille. For the British GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony, Sheeran wore the green dial 5711 with a bezel set with diamonds. The bezel of the watch is set with a row of 32 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of approximately 3.6 carats. Presumably, every auction house in the universe calls a prayer circle in the hope that one of them shows up.
John Mayer’s Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 / 1A
After drinking from Sheeran’s Diamond-set Nautilus, you might think Mayer’s one isn’t that special. But what Mayer’s watch lacks in flash, he makes up for it with small details. On Instagram, Mayer posted a close-up of the watch where it can be seen that it received the iconic Tiffany & Co. stamp. You could stamp Tiffany on an expired milk carton and collectors would probably be clamoring for it again. Adding this detail to this particular Nautilus puts this watch in a whole new level. If this was really some sort of flex-off between Mayer and Sheeran, we should give Mayer the green light. At least Sheeran’s watch has a product page.
Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 by Novak Djokovic
As promised, Djokovic wore this blue Big Bang at the US Open. Over the weekend, the Joker announced he was signing a deal with Hublot after being a free agent for two years. While Djokovic will one day wear a performance watch made in collaboration with the brand in the field, it is not a bad stopgap. The Big Bang is part of Djokovic’s cohesive look for the tournament. “My shoes and gear will be blue, so I decided to go blue all the way,” he told GQ.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak by Cardi B
The Cardi B family is full of great watches. Offset has a large, very frosty collection and the couple’s daughter, Kulture, recently received a Richard Mille for her third birthday. Still, the family matriarch has the best collection of the three. She recently showed off her Patek Philippe World Time and was seen in New York this week wearing a Royal Oak bust. The watch on the right is not a exact match — Cardi added diamonds to hers after leaving the factory — but the two share those big, juicy diamonds.
Longines Legend Diver by Regé-Jean Page
The Legend Diver by Page is a recreation of a Longines watch from the early 1960s. In 2007, the brand relaunched the line and kept spitting out new variations of the watch. Page’s comes with a very nice gradient green dial and bronze case. Collectors appreciate the most what is not on Page’s watch: this new version approaches the original diver’s watch by removing the date display, which has been added to most recent Legend Divers.