Welcome to Clock of the weekwhere we will track the rarest, wildest and most coveted watches spotted on celebrities.
For his birthday this year, A+ collector Kevin Hart celebrated with a very special watch with some unique mechanisms. Let me tell you about another guy who needed a very special watch with some unique mechanisms: met Pope Alexander VII, head of the Catholic church from 1655 to 1667. From the very beginning. During his tenure, the Pope could not stand the clocks of his new home (Vatican). He was said to be unable to sleep because of the incessant ticking – and worst of all, while awake in the dark, he couldn’t even read the time on the clock that caused his insomnia. Campani brothers to create a solution.
The Campanis completed the mission. They created a clock with a domed window directly below a series of roman numerals marking each quarter hour. A disk marked every hour will run across the window, just minutes in the process, at the opportune moment. To show the time in the dark, the brothers created vents to allow an oil lamp burning in the night to illuminate the watch. But it is the timekeeping method that we are most interested in today. Finally helping Pope Alexander catch up with some zzzzs, the Campani brothers invented what’s known as a “wandering hour” display.
If the mark of a great invention is an underestimation of its time—people doubt the light bulb! —Then the wandering hours were a brilliant success. It took centuries before the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet stumbled across similar timepieces in a 20th century watch magazine and were inspired to create their own hands-free logo in 1991. The result was the first modern wristwatch: the Audemars Piguet Star Wheel. The watch uses three discs that rotate around the dial, and the respective hours tell the time by “wandering” through the minute arc to the top. Each disc is marked with four hour markers that rotate into place. It’s an incredibly unique way to tell time.
The AP not only borrowed the display from the original Pope night watches — they also captured the ornate finish. Although it has only been in production for 5 years, AP has created versions of the Star Wheel set with diamonds and sapphires, and with solid gold dials. Hart appears to be wearing a rose gold repeater watch.
Tag Heuer Carrera by Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling wants simplicity from his watch. During a group interview on Wednesday night, Barbie’s boyfriend balked at the idea of higher-end watches. “You mean like complications? You know, I haven’t been to the workshop so I don’t know about watches to go into the minutiae”. Tag Heuer’s new ambassador said. “Readability is the best thing for me personally.” Gosling understands what makes the Three Hands special: you don’t have to visit the factory necessary to understand its allure.
Jason Statham’s Patek Philippe 5711 Watch
A benefit to playing an endless list of guns rented over decades in Hollywood? Get access to the world’s least used watch, the Patek Philippe 5711. Even before Patek stopped making new ones, the unnamed collector Statham waited nearly a decade for this piece. When you have so many celebrity friends to impress at Wimbledon, you can’t go wrong with 5711.
Cartier Ballon Bleu by Kate Middleton
The wrists of both Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William are indebted to Princess Diana. Prince William’s Omega Seamaster is a gift from his late mother and a watch he rarely takes off. Middleton’s clocks are not directly linked, but Cartier was the choice of Diana who wore the Tank. Middleton’s is a more modern Cartier — the Ballon Bleu was only released in 2007, compared to most of the French jeweler’s watches. But whether it’s a Cartier from 1917 (like the Tank) or 2007, the jeweler asserts its reputation as the choice of kings and queens.
Justin Timberlake’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Aging has its pros and cons. On the other hand, as Timberlake learned last month, sometimes you dance so badly that you feel compelled to issue a public apology for giving “Kaki vibe” with dance floor. On the other hand, maybe you learn a little more about yourself and your style. Maybe you like khakis, damn vibes! Not a bad move: Royal Oak Offshore, Royal Oak’s standard wasp-keeping cousin. Timberlake comes with a rose-gold case and black ceramic bezel. The two of you are natural dance partners.