Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t seem to be much of a Watch Guy. He’s happier in a wrinkly T-shirt and cargo shorts, blasting through Manhattan on a Citibike. However, perhaps there is one watch with the power to convert him: the Patek Philippe Nautilus with a Tiffany-blue dial. Most people interested in watches probably know the story by now. Last year, Patek Philippe announced it was discontinuing the beloved 5711 Nautilus—the most simple and treasured of Nautilus models. The 5711 then took a victory lap throughout 2021, capping it off with a green face edition, announced in April, that has already sold for $376,000 at auction. No one could have seen the Tiffany-blue dial iteration coming, though. Before last year, the holy grail of Nautilus collecting was an edition stamped simply with a discrete Tiffany & Co. logo no bigger than a few millimeters. This new version, with its aquamarine dial, is so in-your-face and on the nose, it could have been customized for Drake. Also this week: Tom Holland throws not one but two GMTs into the rotation and Chris Paul shows off one of the best new Rolex pieces.
Allen J. Schaben
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
DiCaprio collects very few watches—years ago he was spotted in a Rolex Daytona and he wore a Tag Heuer Aquaracer before that—but clearly he knows how to pick them. This is undeniably the hottest watch to come out in quite some time, attracting major celebrity Watch Guys like Tiffany ambassador Jay-Z, who was the first to show the watch off in public, and LeBron James, who got something nice under the tree on Christmas Day. And, as part of its release, Patek sent one of the pieces to be auctioned off for charity. The retail price is $50,000, but someone was willing to fork over $6.5 million rather than take their chances with the waitlist. DiCaprio is in good company.
Chris Paul’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual
In 2020, Rolex released a new version of its all-time classic Submariner and a version of the watch with a green bezel….