Pierce Brosnan’s Speake-Marin Resilience
Peter Speake-Marin founded his eponymous watch brand in 2002 and brought Brosnan on as an ambassador in 2015. As the story goes, Brosnan, though he wasn’t Bond any longer (or does the title stick for life, like President?), was filming a different spy film (Survivor) in which his character wore Speake-Marine. So although the name on the dial has changed, Brosnan isn’t giving up on wearing for-spy timepieces.
Travis Scott’s Richard Mille RM-011 Felipe Massa “Asia Boutique” Edition
Today, having your very own signature watch made by Richard Mille, whose baseline editions come in limited quantities and command huge prices, is seemingly essential to becoming an A-tier celebrity. Everyone in Hollywood seems to be playing in a high-priced game of anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better as they attempt to acquire the most limited of limited-editions. To that end, Travis Scott appeared courtside during a Lakers game this week wearing an RM-011 “Asia Boutique” edition. No surprises here: the watch was christened with this particular nickname because it was only available at Richard Mille’s Hong Kong and Singapore boutiques. There are only 50 of these RM-011s with a brown case in the world. The rapper clearly has a thing for this shade of brown, which resembles the colorway of his collaborative Air Jordan 1.
Kevin Hart’s Patek Philippe Grand Complication 5004P-021
To paraphrase John Wick: Yeah, I’m thinking Kevin Hart’s back. This week, he made his first appearance since a scary September car crash, and the comedian wasted no time reasserting himself as one of Hollywood’s best watch collectors. Hart popped up at the People’s Choice Awards wearing a Patek Philippe Grand Complication, which tells wearers the date, phase the moon is in, day of the week, and—oh, yeah—the time. The watch isn’t available at retail anymore, but one went for $218,750 at Christie’s auction house last March.
Chris Evans’s IWC Portugieser Chronograph
When the Great Depression wreaked havoc on individuals and businesses alike in the early 1930s, everyone was looking for a life raft, including the watchmakers at IWC. As luck would have it, one was thrown directly the brand’s way by Rodrigues and Antonio Teixera. The two Portueguese watch dealers asked IWC for a men’s wristwatch that kept incredibly accurate time. IWC filled this request with a model that, up to that point, was only known as Model 228. To grease the wheels in this new market, IWC rechristened the watch the Portuguese (it was renamed the Portugieser in 2015). The dressy timepiece is now the most popular in IWC’s line, and apparently a favorite of Chris Evans. This particular model is “ideal for a more slender wrist,” according to IWC’s website, which is a funny thing to say about a watch that belongs to the former Captain America.
DJ Khaled’s Rolex Sky Dweller
DJ Khaled attended the launch party for Pharrell’s new Richard Mille wearing a Rolex Sky Dweller with that Froot-Loop-sized subdial. While both watches are air-travel minded, they have very different ambitions. Pharrell’s RM 52-02 displays the perspective from Mars; the Sky Dweller is intended to serve jetsetting travelers in less far-flung areas of the galaxy.
Ed Sheeran’s Bamford-customized Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A
Longtime watch fan Ed Sheehan finally made his timepiece obsession public in a letter posted to the site Hodinkee. “Hello there, I'm Ed,” the singer starts. “I've been collecting watches since I was 20 years old.” Sheeran owns as many cool watches as the residual checks from “The Shape of You” affords, but the one that really stands out is a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A. Sheeran took the ultra-rare watch to the customizers at Bamford and blacked it out, made the hour markers red, and etched his initials on it. “I know it's a sin to pimp out a Patek, but it really is cool,” Sheeran writes. It’s a one-of-one watch...sort of! Sheeran’s inspiration for the watch was an almost exact replica he made as a gift for his “musical hero,” the only difference is the set of initials on the dial. (Smart money says that watch’s brother reads “EC” for the reclusive watch-collecting rock god Eric Clapton.) Basically: These are the most expensive BFF bracelets in existence.