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A series of guesses trying to pinpoint the richest person in the world might go something like this: Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, the inventor of avocado toast, and Drake’s jeweler. Over the past year, Toronto’s very own has made a lot of noise with his accessories, whether it’s the super-horny Richard Mille RM-69 or his $400,000 iPhone case. (Drake, you know they change the size of those, like, all the time, right?) Despite the torrent of bling, Drake has been able to balance all his accessories well, always doling out the right piece at exactly the right time. There’s the classic Patek Philippe Nautilus producer-Drake wore to the premiere of the show Euphoria, which he produced. There’s the, uh, aforementioned torqued-up Richard Mille because for some people ball is life and wife. This week, he dialed his timepiece back to let another piece of jewelry shine. The main attraction here was the specially made Toronto Raptors championship ring with the team’s logo on it (he has another with “The Boy” written on it), in perfect harmony with his yellow-gold Rolex Day-Date. Congrats to the Boy. Also this week: Ellen Degeneres wears a really special Rolex Daytona, and Anthony Davis is already in mid-season form.
Drake’s Rolex Day-Date
A fun fact: Champagne Papi’s Rolex has a champagne-colored dial. An excellent way to get dressed is to give yourself a nickname and then just strictly adhere to dressing in ways that complement it. And while the Day-Date might not be as loud as some of Drake’s other watches, it’s no slouch. The bezel is set with 31 gems and the hour markers are baguette diamonds. Because let’s be reasonable: matching perfectly with a $150,000 championship ring requires some bling.
Ellen Degeneres’s Cosmograph Daytona “John Player Special”
Some watches are like artichokes: you have to peel back the layers to get to all the good stuff. Ellen Degeneres’s watch is one such example, so let’s unpeel it all. Layer one: the watch is a Daytona, a good watch in its own right. The piece comes with a chronograph function and is packed with tasty racing ties. Layer two: the “Paul Newman” is named after the model worn by the actor, and those cool “art deco”-style numerals in the subdials and the contrasting color running around the edge of the dial make it subtly different. Paul Newman’s Paul Newman set a record at auction when it sold for $17.8 million two years ago.
But the proverbial heart of Degeneres’s piece is still one layer deeper. George Bush’s new BFF is wearing a “John Player Special,” named for its resemblance to the gold-and-black Formula 1 cars made in the early ‘70s sponsored by the cigar company John Player & Sons. Unlike the Newman, the watch shares no actual relation with those cars. Instead, similar to the black-and-blue “Batman,” the green “Kermit,” or red-and-blue “Pepsi,” this watch gets its nickname because of a matching color scheme. There are reportedly only 300 “John Player Specials” in the world. In December of last year, Christie’s auction house sold one for $552,500.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date
Last year, JLC re-launched its Polaris line, inspired by a watch of the same name originally released in 1968. The timepiece is something of an anomaly within JLC’s catalogue, which is heavy on extremely complicated, elegant pieces that treat tourbillons and moonphase functions as modern-day necessities. The Polaris is sportier, though, with those super-awesome big numerals at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. An inspired choice.
Anthony Davis’s Richard Mille RM 11-03
This column has covered Richard Mille’s RM 11-03 so many times that the piece is starting to feel like a watch-world classic. Drake owns one, Ice T has his, YG wears his all-red model religiously, Davis’s teammate LeBron James recently had a special-edition blue version on his wrist, James Harden’s is known as the “McLaren,” while Logan Paul’s is named after racecar driver Felipe Massa. There are only 50 pieces of Davis’s red 11-03 in the world.
Megan Rapinoe’s Rolex Datejust
While Megan Rapinoe ascended to national-hero status this summer as both World Cup conqueror and national conscience, she’s also been called to the holy position of Fit God. She’s been spotted shopping at New York shrine to weird and high fashion Totokaelo, enlisted the help of stylist Karla Welch (who is also the abstract artist behind Justin Bieber’s wackadoo wardrobe), and apparently started accumulating a nice watch collection. Here, she wears the lovely Rolex Datejust in gold.
Swae Lee’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
It’s hard to tell what the exact Nautilus reference is underneath Swae Lee’s frozen-solid version of the watch. Regardless, it takes a lot of guts—and cash!—to take the most-wanted watch on earth and cover it in so many diamonds that Adam Sandler will now, by law, have to make an Uncut Gems sequel based on trying to acquire and sell this piece.
Originally Appeared on GQ