Welcome to Watches of the Week, the place we'll observe the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches noticed on celebrities.

Remembrances of the late designer Virgil Abloh, who died final week at 41, have largely targeted on the issues he made. Which makes loads of sense: Abloh was among the many most purely generative designers in style historical past, seemingly ripping off a brand new collab or assortment, with Louis Vuitton or Off-White or Nike or a museum, each few days. However the story of Virgil Abloh will not be full with out the story of the issues he owned—he was, to the top, a fan, and a collector. And the story of Virgil-the-collector finds possibly its most attention-grabbing chapter in his blistering number of watches.

So this week, we're devoting our Watches of the Week column to Abloh and his watches. In attribute style, he turned a sometimes-staid class into the province of shock, delight, and severe covetability.

The Blacked-Out Patek Philippe Nautilus

Abloh's assortment begins and ends with Patek, and particularly with the model's flagship Nautilus. He owned a pair inventory items (see under), however Virgil being Virgil, the definitive Nautilus in his assortment has slightly little in widespread with the one you may discover at a Patek Philippe boutique. This piece was most probably made in collaboration with the mad hatters at MAD Paris. (“I can neither affirm or deny we made it for him,” the model's founder informed GQ's Cam Wolf, following that with 4 smiling emojis.) Whoever made it, they coated the roughly $45,000 watch in carbon (for the black) and threw a pair of Abloh's signature citation marks across the emblem. (Abloh additionally seemed to commission the brand for a similar treatment, this time in blinding white, on his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.)

The All-Gold Patek

Typically a barely less complicated strategy was referred to as for. However each time you thought you had Abloh pegged, he'd swerve: if this watch satisfied you he was strictly into monochrome Nautiluses, this contrasting-face black-and-gold ref. 3700 would counsel in any other case.

The Jacob & Co. Caviar Flying Tourbillon

For all Abloh's high-fashion bona fides, he understood higher than most the business's deep, however too typically unacknowledged, connection to hip hop. And what higher method to flex that information than with a sequence of collabs with legendary hip hop jewler Jacob Arabo? Jacob & Co. got here to prominence within the bling period, worn by the likes of Diddy and Jay-Z—and was finally rediscovered by the likes of Drake and A$AP Rocky. And Abloh, with a deep appreciation for each of these generations of rap, knew precisely what to do with Jacob: this piece is about with greater than 400 rubies.

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The Blacked-Out Jacob

The “5 Time Zone” is likely to be the iconic Jacob & Co. watch. Go away it to Abloh to hit it along with his most well-liked black-on-black therapy.

Drake's Virgil'd Nautilus

As wild as Abloh's personal assortment is, he is likely to be most infamous in watch world for a bit he made for Drake: that is the piece about which Drizzy rapped, “Virgil received that Patek on my wrist goin' nuts.” Could not have stated it higher ourselves.


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