Jay-Z’s Watch Collection

Jay-Z’s Watch Collection

 

“I don’t got the bright watch, I got the right watch.” – Jay-Z, 30 Something, 2006

Rapper Jay-Z is well-known for dropping the names of his favorite watch brands in his songs – namely Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Hublot. And while luxury watches have always been a staple among rap and hip-hop artists, Jay’s collection is a cut above the rest.

From classic models to rare, ultra high-end pieces, here’s a peek into Jay-Z’s watch box.
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Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500 is one of the most coveted Daytona models because it was one of the first to sport the ceramic bezel. Available in a white or black dial, with a contrasting white or black ceramic bezel, this Daytona is Jay-Z’s casual watch, that is, considering all the flashy, iced-out watches he has.
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AP Royal Oak

Jay-Z has a number of different Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches and one can say this watch dominates his collection. He even collaborated with the brand in 2006, for a limited edition collection celebrating his first decade in the music business.Jay has famously said that it was a tour in Audemars Piguet’s headquarters that really got him into serious watch collecting. Since then, he has also led the way for AP’s domination in the rap scene.
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Two of Jay-Z’s gold pieces: the limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Shawn Carter, a product of his collaboration with the brand; and the Rolex Sky-Dweller in all yellow-gold.
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Rolex Day Date

Jay-Z has the Rolex President Day-Date in yellow gold and platinum. He has said that among his watches it’s the one that makes him feel most like a “baller”.

Perhaps because the Day-Date is easily recognizable as a status symbol, even among people who really aren’t into watches.

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Jay-Z ‘s complicated Patek Philippe timepieces. Grand Complication in 18k white gold, and the ultra luxe Celestial – which shows the planisphere of the northern hemisphere, in addition to the moonphase and date.
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
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Patek Philippe may be known as the most prestigious watch brand, but its models are far from flashy. Take for example this stainless steel and white Nautilus – it’s a must-have for any collector, given its iconic heritage; but its easy to dress down, as you can see here on Jay-Z.

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JLC Reverso
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Jay-Z isn’t always seen in a Jaeger LeCoultre; but when he is, he chooses a super elegant watch. His choice JLC piece is the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to 1931 in rose gold, which is an homage to the original design of the iconic Reverso. He always wears it with a tux and we must say, the combination looks extra classy.

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SEE MORE OF THE WATCHES IN OUR VIDEO:

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PHOTO CREDITS: Jay-Z photos from Rich Thane [CC BY-ND 2.0] and Pieter-Jannick Dijkstra and Matt J Carbone [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr, AintNoJigga on Twitter and Michael Katasi on Twitter. Hublot Shawn Carter by Elegant Living on Instagram. Rolex Sky-Dweller by Chino the Horologist on Instagram. Patek Philippe Celestial and Grand Complication by Massimo Margaritelli on Instagram.
 
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