Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
Jackie Chan’s legacy is so powerful that people keep trying to make ridiculous things to capture the essence of a man who’s acted in 141 movies, according to IMDB. A 2017 GQ profile lists a couple items of note from his stuntman campus: the half-Chan, half-horse statue made out of parts from past movie sets graced by the actor; a “legitimately fucking incredible painting” of Chan doing kung fu on the edge of a canyon; a 1,000 year-old-tree he received from some guy for some thing—Chan can’t remember. But maybe nothing gets as close to honoring the sprawling legend of Jackie Chan than the Richard Mille watch that bears his name. The RM 57-03 pits a dragon and phoenix—both made out of gold—against one another inside the case, while a tourbillon whirs in the center. According to Richard Mille, the Phoenix is “the king of the birds,” while dragons are “the mounts of heavenly deities.” Jackie Chan is Jackie Chan—that’s good enough. That’s why he gets a special-made Richard Mille made out of titanium with a dial featuring two of the sky’s most mythical beasts. This week’s roundup of celebrity watches is chock full of other heavy hitters, too, like Drake, Diddy, and Roger Federer.
Jackie Chan’s Richard Mille RM 57
Today, I am reorienting my entire life around a single goal: meeting Jackie Chan. A good chunk of that aforementioned GQ story revolves around Chan’s generosity. Johnny Knoxville—yes, that Johnny Knoxville—filmed a movie with Chan, and says the actor would give him a jacket just because he complimented it. One day, I will meet Chan, tell him I love his watch, and wait eagerly for my reward. Until then, I’ll appreciate Richard Mille’s propensity to work with unconventional subjects. Collaborating with adventurers, race car drivers, and accomplished divers is cool, but it doesn’t open you up to the sort of inspiration that results in a design featuring a dueling phoenix and dragon.
Roger Federer’s Cosmograph Rolex Daytona
There are innumerable perks that come with being a professional athlete. The fans, the checks, the army of people at your every beck and call whose only job is to make sure you are feeling your best. Another one: unparalleled access to the catalog of one of the world’s coolest and most impenetrable watch brands. Longtime Rolex ambassador Roger Federer made that clear once again this weekend, when he won the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament and immediately put on his white-gold Rolex Daytona.
Drake’s Patek Philippe Grand Complication
The Patek Philippe reference 5271P stuffs everything that’s great about a Patek into a single watch: there is the ultra-advanced combination of complications like the moonphase indicator and chronograph and perpetual calendar, the elegant black-face dial, and the snazzy alligator-skin strap. Piled on top of that are the 58 baguette diamonds (roughly 3.63 carats worth) set on the bezel. The watch (almost) makes $268,760 feel like a steal.
Adam Levine’s Rolex Submariner “Kermit”
In 2007, on the 50th anniversary of Rolex’s iconic Submariner model, the watch brand released a version of its beloved diver’s model with a bezel in a familiar shade of green. So familiar, in fact, that collectors named the watch after The Muppet Show star Kermit. The watch has the power to make grown adults relate to a pig puppet—both share an unshakeable infatuation with Kermy.
Diddy’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
Let me put this in ultra-technical watch-nerd terms: this Diddy watch is so ridiculous. It’s a Nautilus: you know, the you-gotta-wait-eight-years just to maybe buy one. But this isn’t just any old Nautilus. Diddy owns the special-edition released to commemorate the model’s 40th anniversary in 2013. It is one of only a small handful of Nautilus watches to feature a chronograph, and comes stamped with an inscription that doubles as a powerful flex: “1976 – 40 – 2016.” Diddy took this very limited $96,390 watch and leveled it up with diamonds.
Maluma’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is the watch-of-choice for practically half of the people charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Maluma’s, though, might be the coolest: an extra-thin Royal Oak (the thin models are the ones AP makes in tiny numbers and that sell out immediately because they look so fantastic on the wrist) with a mesmerizing tourbillon complication and a bezel set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds.