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Some things just go perfectly together: peanut butter and jelly, milk and cereal, Martin Scorsese and infinite time. Also, the subject we’re here to discuss: Post Malone and an ultra-complicated watch with a skull on it. Post’s personal style has always leaned into the territory of face tattoos, tucked Dallas Cowboys jerseys, and acid-washed pants. There’s a rakishness, a punky feeling to the way Post dresses himself, in rebellion to any notion of decorum. The guy’s most-popular song is called “Rockstar”! Naturally, Post needs a watch to match: a watch with a skull and crossbones depicted through the four criss-crossing bridges right on the dial. But if elegance is what you crave this week, Travis Scott and Kevin Hart wore some of the finest Patek Philippe watches in the world.
Post Malone’s Richard Mille RM 052 Tourbillon Skull “Asia Edition”
What I appreciate about Richard Mille, and what I can imagine someone like Post appreciating, is that the brand takes its watches very seriously. Even if the watch depicts an astronaut or centers a piece’s movement around a skull, it doesn’t skimp on the technical details. They pair high-powered timepieces with something that tickles the taste you had when your budget only accommodated a Swatch. Remember when you were a kid and you thought, One day, I’ll grow up and eat ice cream every day for breakfast? This watch is ice cream for breakfast: an indulgence made for adults.
Tom Holland’s Piaget Alitplano 910P
Tom Holland is spending his Marvel(/Sony?) money well. The 23-year-old is compiling quite a watch collection, including a Patek Philippe Aquanaut, a Cartier Santos, and a Rolex Daytona. Plus, he’s promoting his latest movie, Spies In Disguise, wearing a Piaget Altiplano 910P. The Altiplano has been in the throes of a battle with pieces from brands like Bulgari for the title of thinnest automatic—meaning it doesn’t need to be manually wound to keep ticking—watch in the world. Holland’s ups the cool factor just a bit with a skeletonized dial that reveals all the gadgetry inside.
Travis Scott’s Patek Philippe 5131G World Time
Patek Philippe makes so few of these World Time watches a year (it currently makes none of the white-gold version on Scott’s wrist). There’s a good reason for that: the globe on the dial of each watch is hand-enameled in tiny, exacting detail. Patek Philippe says these paintings in miniature can take up to several months to create, “sometimes using a brush as fine as a single hair.” Sotheby’s, which auctioned off a watch like the one Scott wore to the Dior runway show in Miami for roughly $131,000, relays that there are fewer than 25 known examples of a World Time in white gold. In the words of Scott: it’s lit.
Adam Levine’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116506
Rolex isn’t afraid to play with unusual color combinations. Consider the green-and-gold Cosmograph Daytona that languished inside display cases for a couple years until John Mayer put the watch on the map and turned it into a bestseller. Now, check out Adam Levine’s Daytona with its frozen-blue dial and chocolate-brown bezel and subdials. It’s a color combo so mystifying I can’t even think of one of the patented nicknames that typically accompany Rolex watches (or one good one at least). The Hershey in the Freezer?? It doesn’t really matter, though. Rolex’s Daytona model, in any color, is a favorite among collectors.
Kevin Hart’s Patek Philippe 5960G-010
The level of watch nerdery displayed by Kevin Hart here is special. The Patek Philippe 5960 is a mighty fine watch with a chronograph and dial in something close to the Color of the Year. But this particular version of the reference is a super-limited edition of the piece that was originally released exclusively in Moscow. Only 100 of this watch—in white gold, with the single red hour hand—were even made. Hart, a very devoted watch collector, made sure he got one.
Danny Green’s Panerai PAM 578 “Lo Scienziato” Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT
Never doubt the heart of a champion! Danny Green may be teammates on the court with A+ watch collectors Anthony Davis and LeBron James, but off the court they are engaged in horological warfare. This week, Green might have them both beat. The Lakers’ X-factor wore one of Panera’s BIG Luminors, a watch inspired by the Radiomir that was used by the Italian Navy, with a fully skeletonized dial. The “Lo Scienziato” special edition is a collection of Panerai watches inspired by…the astronomer Galileo. Green won’t be reporting for Naval duty in this piece but it will score him major points in the watch battle.