Luxury Watches – Even in the Watch-Crazy NBA, Chris Paul’s Ultra-Rare Patek Philippe Stands Out
Chris Paul’s Patek Philippe World Time
Think of the World Time as a much more powerful version of the GMT. While the GMT can keep track of two different time zones, Patek’s World Timer has you covered in all 24 of them (or at least all the zones that are divided by one-hour increments). The World Time function was developed in the 1930s by famed watchmaker Louis Cottier, who peddled his design all over the place. He developed World Timers for Vacheron Constantin and even made some very cool Rolex pocket watches with the complication. Patek made a series of watches with Cottier in the 1950s, too. Despite the fact that Patek took a three-decade-plus break from making the watch, the brand stuck Cottier’s original version. Modern World Time, like Paul’s, still use the watchmaker’s design.
Gucci Mane’s Bulgari Octo L’Originale Blue Full Baguette Diamonds
Even in the luxurious, super-opulent world of top-tier watches, this Bulgari made a stir upon its release a couple years ago. The watch has a lot in common with pieces worn by other celebrities, who take standard-issue pieces and flood them with diamonds. The difference with Gucci Mane’s piece is that all this bling comes directly from the brand. The watch is set with 1,172 diamonds or over 50 carats worth of stones—the bracelet alone boasts more diamonds than most watches have in total. Even the sides of each bracelet link are set with three baguette-cut stones. The watch was a fitting birthday present for Gucci Mane, one of the few people alive capable of pulling this piece off.
LeBron James’s Richard Mille RM 11-03 in red Fintech Zoom
LeBron James has apparently added a new Richard Mille to his arsenal. This one is part of the 11-03 family that James is already well acquainted with: he owns the same model in standard rose gold as well, as a blue Fintech Zoom special edition made for former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt. If James has proven anything over his career, it’s that when he likes something, he gets a whole mess of them.
Naomi Osaka’s Tag Heuer Aquaracer
Naomi Osaka signed on to become a Tag Heuer ambassador in January—and immediately went about making her new partner look great. She managed to topple Serena Williams in the Australian Open semifinals this week, and did so while wearing an IWC Aquaracer. Since its invention, the Aquaracer has been designed to take worn by athletes, but in the past that’s typically meant sailing or diving. Osaka proved this week that the watch doesn’t perform too shabbily on a tennis court, either.
Doc Rivers’s Rolex Submariner
Typically it’s the NBA’s players who deliver the type of high-caliber watches we talk about here. Current NBA coaches gravitate towards the practical—Brooklyn’s Steve Nash wears an Apple Watch—or the cheap and clunky, like Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s G-Shock. Doc Rivers can go wrist for wrist with the NBA’s best, though. Lately, the Philadelphia 76ers coach has been wearing Rolex’s iconic Submariner model with a date function. This may be an encouraging sign for 76ers fans, who are watching their team shoot very poorly and infrequently from outside the three-point line. The Submariner is Rolex’s most recent big release, so there’s at least some proof the coach can keep up with modern trends.