Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
Circles are over. Squares and rectangles? Absolutely done for. If you follow celebrity tastes when it comes to watches, you’ll want to high tail it to the nearest boutique and demand the clerk bring out something shaped like a diving helmet, a stop sign, the arena where two men enter and only one exits: an octagon. Because the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was everywhere this week: promoting $50 boxes of Reese’s Puffs with Travis Scott, walking the red carpet with Migos member Quavo, winning NBA Rookie of the Year on Luka Doncic’s wrist, performing onstage at the BET Awards strapped to John Legend, and covering a Wheaties box with Serena Williams. And if you can’t find the eight-sided Royal Oak, at least seek out a tonneau case (the fit-for-a-trip-over-Niagra-falls barrel shape), like Meek Mill (twice!) and Nick Jonas did with their Richard Milles.
Travis Scott’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
AP’s signature watch is a classic but almost none of the celebrities wearing the piece this week kept it that way. Do you really expect Travis Scott, who doesn’t even eat regular-old Reese’s Puffs, to keep his watch standard-issue? His Royal Oak comes with a skeletonized “openwork” dial that allows the movement to be seen just by staring at the face. Scott also iced out his already-special wristwear.
Meek Mill’s Richard Mille RM 055
Meek Mill wore a pair of Richard Mille watches around this week, showing he isn’t afraid of a little color with his orange-strapped “Bubba Watson” RM 055 and his golden RM 11-03 with its spark of yellow around the crown.
Serena Williams’s Rose Gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Quartz
Until this week, one of the very few honors Serena Williams hadn’t received over her illustrious career was appearing on a Wheaties box. On the box, she’s wearing her classic tennis whites, which only makes what’s on her wrist stand out that much more: a rose-gold Royal Oak. This one is special to Williams, too: Audemars moved the crown from the right to the left side to make it wearable during play.
John Legend’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
As previously mentioned, despite the deluge of Royal Oaks this week, no one wore what could be described as a standard-issue piece. When the Royal Oak was introduced, it was a stainless steel watch: handsome enough for formal occasions but in a material sturdy enough for day-to-day wear. Legend, naturally, wore a Royal Oak made of precious 18-carat gold to the BET Awards. Not exactly classic, but we’re not complaining when it looks this good.
The Migos’ Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Rolex Day-Date
The Migos—all stars on their own now—have kept up their fun tradition of rolling up to the red carpet together. It gives us fun high-wattage moments like this one, where Quavo rocked—could it be anything else during a week like this?—a Royal Oak. Offset, meanwhile, gave equally good watch with a Rolex Day-Date. Of course, each of the watches is covered in diamonds.
Luka Doncic’s 18-carat gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo”
Slovenian basketball phenom Luka Doncic didn’t necessarily play like a rookie this year, so it makes sense he wouldn’t dress like one either. The Dallas Maverick is clearly already wearing the watch of a ten-time All-Star: his gold-on-gold-on-gold Royal Oak is special.
2 Chainz’s Rolex Pearlmaster
This feels like it could be a teaser for a new episode of 2 Chainz’s *Most Expensivest Shit*. The Pearlmaster comes from Rolex’s high-end line, which makes sense when you learn that the rapper’s piece is comprised of an 18-carat white gold case and bracelet that comes covered with factory-set diamonds. Nowadays, Rolex typically shows the prices of its watches online, but this one still comes with the marker of budget-obliteration: Price Upon Request.
Nick Jonas’s Richard Mille RM 11-01
Without even getting into the rarity of Jonas’s Richard Mille, this watch is notable for the way it functions alone. Designed expressly for Italian soccer manager Roberto Mancini, the dial is split up to time a 90-minute match: two 45-minute periods plus space for extra time and halftime. The chronograph specifically resets the watch back to the top 12-o-clock position, so that when it’s started back up again it will countdown the length of a soccer match. Also, for Jonas’s purposes—because it feels unlikely he’ll coach a national soccer time anytime soon—it looks pretty cool.