‘As high-end horology is still a niche and rather privileged hobby, it continues to serve as a symbol of professional success, inspiring dreams and ambitions’
From TV personalities to well-performing athletes alike, the luxury watch industry continues to attract successful individuals across industries. More than ever, high-end timepieces get coverage during red-carpet events, and feature on the covers of magazines as indispensable personal items expressing fashion taste and lifestyle choices. With this in mind, here are some of Britain’s most influential celebs and their personal watches.
To all those concerned that luxury horology might be antiquated, the collection of this 27-year old pop star will make you think again. Ed Sheeran’s selection of watches is bold, to say the least. He is an undisputed fan of luxurious, attention-grabbing watches from brands like Hublot, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Richard Mille.
On numerous occasions, Sheeran has been spotted wearing the Hublot Big Bang Rose Gold. Fit for a prince of pop, this is a truly beautiful piece built with classic horological craftsmanship. Similar in style and character, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ‘Volcano’ has also made numerous appearances on his wrist. However, perhaps the most significant watch in his collection is his Patek Philippe Nautilus. It is the absolute pinnacle of Swiss watch-making and a much revered, celebrity favourite.
Victoria & David Beckham
The ultimate style-power-couple, Victoria and David Beckham are loyal fans of Rolex. In their prised possession, they have numerous models ranging from classic to more flashy pieces. In addition to Rolex, David has been seen sporting numerous watches from other brands, including a couple Tudor and Breitling models.
The present-day fashion designer, and former Spice Girl has been a style icon for a long time. Her ultra- trendy and sophisticated looks are always completed with eye-catching accessories. While she epitomises an elegant femininity, she contrasts it with large men’s Rolex watches. She has most often been seen wearing a 40mm pink gold Rolex Daytona as well as a Rolex Day-Date President in 18k yellow gold. She often pairs them with additional gold jewellery on the same wrist.
Similarly, the retired football-player has an incredible collection of Rolex watches intended to complement his looks on a variety of different occasions. He has been most frequently photographed sporting a Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea that perfectly completes his relaxed, urban-cool attire. On more formal events, David usually wears his elegant yellow-gold Datejust on a black leather strap. In addition to Rolex, he’s also got several Breitling models including the Transocean Chronograph Unitime and Breitling for Bentley Chronograph. While he’s an unsolicited fan of Rolex and Breitling, since 2017 Beckham has been a brand ambassador of Tudor. As such, he’s often seen wearing a timeless Black Bay Chronograph.
The opinionated and unceasingly humorous star of BBC’s Top Gear is not only a fan of motorsports but also a proclaimed watches man. His collection comprises of several classic high-end pieces, chiefly from Omega and IWC.
Among his all-time favourites is the Omega Railmaster XXL – a large 49.2mm watch equipped with a modified hand-wound ETA/Unitas 6497 movement. In addition, his collection includes the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean and an IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Edition.
The famously blunt reality television judge embraces a decadent lifestyle. Apart from his fondness of luxury cars and yachts, like any true gentleman, he is also passionate about watches.
His respectable collection of high-end timepieces includes the classic Breitling Navitimer, as well as the Mille Miglia Chronograph from Chopard, which he usually pairs with a casual outfit. Most recently, he has been spotted wearing the automatic Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon à Quantième Perpétuelis. As the name suggests, the watch features a classic tourbillon and a perpetual calendar with four digit year indicator. This is definitely one of his most prised watches, as he’s even purchased it in multiple finishes.
The devil of Hell’s Kitchen is a world-renowned chef with a passion for luxury timepieces. While his collection includes a Breitling, he is unmistakably a loyal fan of Rolex. Quite recently, he managed to attract the attention of watch aficionados by purchasing a vintage Rolex Submariner. The watch is said to be a model from the 1950s. It features an automatic movement enclosed in the traditionally robust Oyster case.
With all this in mind, it may be said that celebrities and luxury timepieces were made for each other. As high-end horology is still a niche and rather privileged hobby, it continues to serve as a symbol of professional success, inspiring dreams and ambitions.