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Justin Bieber subscribes to the tried-and-true wisdom that the only thing better than receiving a gift is giving one. Sure, he bought himself a vintage yellow-gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as a wedding present just last month but now he's making sure his new wife is equally, in his words, “flooded.” For her 23rd birthday, Justin also bought Hailey an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Now, they have His & Hers Royal Oaks—aww! While Bieber’s yellow-gold watch was a rare show of simplicity by our Dirtbag Overlord, he showed no such restraint when picking out a gift for Hailey. “ONLY THE BEST FOR MY BOO,” he wrote on Instagram. And the best, for his boo, appears to be AP’s Royal Oak in frosted gold, which gives the timepiece a sparkling effect that looks like how singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” through a vocoder sounds. Really looking forward to seeing how Justin one-ups himself this holiday season. Also this week: Drake wears $750,000 of combined jewelry and please, please, please scroll to Oscar Isaac’s very cool pilot’s watch.
Hailey Bieber’s new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Now the versatility of the Royal Oak model is captured in a single Bieber family portrait. Both Hailey and Justin’s watches are the same when stripped down to their core: the iconic octagon-shaped case, the checkered “Grande Tapisserie” pattern on the dial, and only a date function at the 3 o’clock mark. Audemars Piguet created the foundation of its brand on the versatility of this watch, building it with tourbillons or beefing it up for an “Offshore” model. Or in the case of the Bieber’s, making the watch in yellow gold or taking Hailey’s white-gold version and using a method inspired by, according to the brand’s website, an “ancient Florentine gold hammering technique” to make the piece look like it fell in a glitter pit.
Rock Panerai Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso
When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson first laid eyes on this Panerai, I imagine it going down like a rom-com scene: time slowing, a Lionel Richie song leaking into reality, desirous glances exchanged. Just like how finding clothes off the rack to fit his frame must make what Luke Hobbs pulls off in the Fast & Furious movies feel like light work, a watch to fit a man of Johnson’s beefy proportions isn’t so simple. This Panerai Radiomir delivers 47 millimeters of watch, though (most modern watches are roughly 40 millimeters). Originally built to serve the Royal Italian Navy, the Radoimir has a robust shape and numerals that are designed specifically so they can be easily read by divers underwater. Johnson’s is made out of a gold peppered with copper, which gives the piece its reddish quality. Maybe not the best fit for Italian navy men but it must have been love at first sight for the Rock.
Drake’s Patek Philippe Nautilus 5719/10R-010
This ostentatious photo of Drake, by the numbers:
Roughly $750,000 worth of jewelry.
50 carats of diamonds in total.
One Patek Philippe Nautilus that one product listing describes accurately as “fully loaded,” like Herbie or nachos from Applebee’s.
255 diamonds just on the watch’s dial, which is also set with three baguette-cut diamonds that stand in as the hour markers.
32 additional diamonds run around the watch’s bezel.
953 more diamonds on the watch’s bracelet.
18-carat rose-gold case and bracelet.
One very happy rapper.
Meek Mill’s Richard Mille RM 16-01 “Citron”
Richard Mille is nothing less than the Willy Wonka of watchmakers, so it’s fitting that earlier this year he released the candy-inspired “Bonbon” collection. “Richard Mille has bitten into a juicy new realm of graphic, emotional and chromatic expression,” the brand’s website reads. Frank Ocean, who was seen wearing the “Kiwi” earlier this year, is a fan! This week, Meek Mill sat courtside at a Los Angeles Clippers game wearing the “Citron,” which is dotted with tiny slices of oranges and lemons. Each model in the Bonbon collection is limited to only 30 pieces each.
Oscar Isaac’s Breitling Navitimer Iraqi Air Force Issue
Since the start of the brand, Breitling has pointed itself at the sky. In 1918, the brand started working with the British Royal Air Force to equip the outfit’s planes with chronographs. And in the 1950s, the brand launched its aviation-minded Navitimer and offered it exclusively to members of the Aircraft and Pilot Association (the watch became the AOPA’s official timepiece several years later, in 1959). Over the ensuing decades, different organizations supplied Navitimers to their pilots, and if you enlisted in the Iraqi Air Force in the 1970s, you would have been given this very excellent watch. The dial comes in the Navitimer’s signature “reverse panda” dial (black dial with white subdials) with radiant hour markers and the Iraqi Air Force’s wings stamped on the dial. Because of those big wide-eyed white subdials, the watch earned itself the nickname the “Fried Egg.” If only everyone were as generous and inventive with pet names as the watch world.
Sterling K Brown’s IWC Portugieser Chronograph
Maybe you’re reading this story when it was originally published Saturday morning of Thanksgiving week. You are likely still bursting with turkey and mashed potatoes, or if you’re an uncle or grandma, the uncomfortably personal questions you didn’t get to ask your niece/grandson. Think of this watch as an excellent palate cleanser, the ginger shot of timepieces. The allure of the IWC Portugieser Chronograph lies in its simplicity: the elegant black dial, beautifully laid-out and uncrowded face, and simple steel case is what’s made the piece such a powerhouse for IWC. The watch matches up with Sterling K. Brown’s simple, perfectly tailored style. See, we’re feeling better already.
Originally Appeared on GQ