Powerful Hand: Watches Worn by the Forbes Billionaires and the Highest-Paid Athletes
A watch is a big and emblematic present.
11 Nov 2018
A watch is a big and emblematic present. In the past 20 years watches have also converted into a new investment option — not always plain, but worthy of consideration.
Moreover, a good watch can be later inherited by a son or even a grandson. So, the only question is how to choose the right model. Here, as usual, the trends are set by the most powerful people from Forbes lists.
1. ROLEX GMT MASTER II ORIGINAL DIAMONDS
Rolex is the most known brand in the watch world, that make a powerful statement. That is why this brand is preferred by world’s richest athletes, well-paid actors, businessmen — and the governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Roger Federer raised his 5th Australian Open trophy in 2017, wearing Rolex GMT Master II Batman. Hugh Laurie wore his GMT Master II Espresso even with a tuxedo at the Golden Globe Awards, while the world’s richest No. 10, the co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison with his net worth of over $50 billion dollars, often gives his speeches wearing his Rolex Submariner.
Rolex GMT Master II is a legendary unisex model, first produced in 1980s. Today this model is presented in different variations, including limited ones with diamonds. 18kt white gold case set with diamonds make this 40mm watch very noticeable and glamorous, which is why it is usually avoided by politicians. However, it is very popular among richest athletes, world’s most well-paid actors and famous rappers, who love to make their wrists shine.
2. PATEK PILIPPE GRAND COMPICATIONS
Watch for over $1 million? This is definitely the choice. Patek Philippe is the most expensive and most luxurious brand in the highest watch segment. Let’s just say, Patek Philippe was spotted on the wrists of the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and a hedge fund legend George Soros, whose net worth is now estimated at $8.3 billion dollars. David Beckham loves wearing Patek Philippe’s Grand Complications on different occasions.
And Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater showing 24 reference zones was first produced as a limited edition — only 10 pieces available. Now this men’s watch with rose gold case and shite crocodile skin bracelet is a part of the regular collection of Patek.
3. RICHARD MILLE RM 052-01
Richard Mille is a young Swiss brand, which is already considered one of the most expensive in the industry. The brand’s founder, Richard Mille, is a sports aficionado himself, that is why he is putting his watches on race car drivers, golfers, athletes. The most famous brand ambassador is 17 Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who won his 11th Rolland Garros title wearing $725,000 Richard Mille watch. Sylvester Stallone is always spotted with a Richard Mille watch on his powerful hands.
These watches are extravagant and stylish and offer technical complexity, level of visual finishing and use of exotic materials, which make this brand stand out. RM 052-01 is a limited edition of 30 timepieces in TZP ceramic and carbon nanotubes and includes its symbolic skull.
4. HUBLOT AERO BANG
Bernard Ecclestone (net worth $3.2 billion) former Formula 1 CEO, was attacked by four muggers in London while he was wearing his Hublot watch. This story became a theme of Hublot advertising campaign with Ecclestone’s face on it to emphasize what people can do to get Hublot. Other Hublot owners were luckier: the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt used to wear Hublot watch for his medal ceremonies, and Jay-Z received a $5 million Hublot watch as a birthday present from his wife Beyonce (combined worth $1.25 billion).
Being young, Hublot brand already has an impeccable reputation. Hublot Aero Bang 44 mm with a titanium case, black dial, a rubber backed crocodile leather bracelet, is one of the world’s most iconic watch. With its skeleton dial, you can see its flawless mechanism in motion.
5. LANGE & SÖHNE SAXONIA
Lange & Söhne Saxonia is often worn by the 42nd president of the US Bill Clinton. Philadelphia Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie (net worth $2.1 billion) wore Lange & Söhne 1815, while his team was winning their first Super Bowl Championship in history. And Ed Sheeran loves performing in his Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk.
This particular model is technically optimal and aesthetically perfect. The slender 38.5mm rose gold case is set with 76 white diamonds that frame the elegant silver dial. This unisex piece is powered by the automatic Lange calibre L086.1 ‘sax-o-mat’ movement, and fitted to a brand new brown Lange alligator strap with solid rose gold pin buckle. Even though it looks minimalistic, every little detail of it has reached perfection.
6. IWC PORTYGISER CHRONOGRAPH
Canadian Prime-Minister Justin Trudeau, who is often voted the most stylish politician in the world, was spotted wearing IWC watch during his negotiations with Barack Obama. And one of the greatest football players of all times, Zinedine Zidane, even got an IWC Ingenieur edition in his honour.
The International Watch Company (IWC) was founded in 1868 and connected Swiss craftsmanship with American manufacturing techniques. IWC Portugieser Chronograph is rightfully considered one of the most iconic watches of all times. The 42×14.5mm steel case and black crocodile leather make this watch look very classy and elegant.
7. CHOPARD HAPPY SPORT
Chopard brand is famous for itstimeless diamonds collections. And their watches make a perfect addition to jewelry sets: for example, Chopard Happy Sport will go perfectly with Happy Diamonds rings and earrings. Perhaps, that is why this model is often worn by Rihanna, the big diamonds lover, who joined the 2018 Celebrity 100 list with her net worth of $210 mln, thanks to her Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie businesses.
This Chopard Happy Sport is made of 18 kt rose gold and includes seven floating diamonds (0.39 carats). Its design is a representation of true taste and style. The diameter of 36 mm ensures a feminine identity to this watch and an ease to wear as much in the office as in the evening.