Celeb Style Steal: The Beauty And Art Of Watch Collectors, Because Having One Just Isn’t Enough
The luxe life: From top-of-the-range supercars and designer clothes, to sprawling pads and insanely expensive jewels, celebrities are no strangers to the world of luxury and indulgence. So, it comes as no surprise that many of them put in a great amount of consideration when it comes to collecting some of the best watches on the planet.
Although the art of collecting luxury wristwatches is a relatively new phenomenon, (starting with the invention of the quartz watch in the 1980s), it is an industry that has seen a massive increase. As such, many celebrities can find some solace in knowing the potential of investing in unique designer pieces. For starters, not only do luxury watches look great paired with almost anything, but to know that some brands have actually increased in value over time, make a watch purchase a pretty savvy financial move!
If you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to investing in timepieces, look no further than the following celebrities who are leading the charge in the world of luxury watch collecting:
You may have heard Jay-Z name-dropping his favorite watches on some of his best-selling albums, but his lyrics don’t even come close to reflecting the extent of Jay-Z’s passion for high-end wrist wear. While he has been spotted wearing a number of Rolex models, from the classic Day-Date to his custom-made Perpetual Calendar, it is his Audemars Piguet watches that remain his faves. To strengthen the relationship between the brand and the star, in 2006 Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore 10th Anniversary “Jay-Z” Edition, with only 100 units released in three-color options.
In addition to these iconic watches, Jay-Z also invests in one of the most avant-garde brands in the world, Swiss brand Richard Mille. Prices are only given per request. Jay-Z must have put in a request or five, as he is regularly seen wearing a 50-edition special of the RM027 model.
While many celebrities opt for traditional brands, Robert Downey Jr. prefers something a little bit different. Sporting his Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT in Iron Man 2 was just a taste of his varied choices in watch collecting. He is also partial to his Patek Phillipe Nautilus for red carpet events, as well as a modest Bell & Ross given to him by Ben Stiller after they wrapped up Tropic Thunder. He has also been spotted in a Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph and a Hublot Big Bang.
Anyone who follows Kevin Hart on Instagram will already know that the comic/actor has not only been on a roll with his career, but has also built a respectable watch collection. Rewarding himself in the form of luxury watches including Rolex, Patek Phillipe, and Audemars Piguet, Hart views his watch collection as an investment rather than a statement of bling. It is this kind of savvy approach that also led him to become a world-class poker player who now teaches others with his trademark comedic style.
One of Hollywood’s ultimate icons, Brad Pitt, is a brand ambassador for Tag Heuer, but his collection is comprised of an incredibly wide range of brands. Also a fan of Patek Phillipe Nautilus, he has been seen wearing numerous Rolexes, as well as Cartier and A. Lange & Söhne. Like his film choices, Pitt tends to diversify when it comes to his watch selections, so he often walks the red carpet with his favorite niche brands, which include Terra Cielo Mare and Red Monkey Designs.
Another face of Tag Heuer watches, Leonardo DiCaprio has an insanely amazing collection of wrist wear. From his Carerra 1887 Chronograph to a limited edition Aquaracer, the Academy Award actor pulls no punches when it comes to his favorite brands. He donned a Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master in Wolf of Wall Street and a classic Raymond Weil piece in The Great Gatsby. No, we’re not jealous at all!
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