It was a positive week for Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Paul Thomas Anderson, a fan of the MCU, was able to spit dirt on prestige directors, Shang-Chi has “terrific energies,” he stated, which is the most compliment a Los Angeles resident can receive. The Marvel universe isn’t limited to television and movies. It includes a partnership with Audemars PIguet, a luxury watch brand.
Black Panther is the focus of the first watch in what will become an ongoing collaboration. This watch is part of a wider pop culture trend: Fans of Mario, Mickey Mouse and Space Jam might all be able to find high-end timepieces to satisfy their passions this year. The Black Panther watch is the most popular ($162 000). It’s a match for Serena Williams, a real-life superhuman. This month Scottie Pippen proves he’s not a second fiddle, and Andrew Garfield keeps it classic.
- Serena Williams’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon
Eternals’ Rotten Tomatoes score means that working with Audemars Piguet must be one of Marvel’s best moves of 2021. According to the brand, the piece features a Wakandan superhero figure at its center. It took the brand 30 hours to carve. There were only 250 made. We’ve seen them on the wrists and ankles of LeBron James and The Weeknd and Neymar.
- Scottie Pippen’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
The Last Dance was full of tension and drama, with the Chicago Bulls trying to win another title, and Michael Jordan’s Batman and Pippens Robin. If you pay close enough attention throughout the documentary, you will see Jordan and Pippen using dueling pieces from Roger Dubuis. Jordan’s watch is very cool. It is made from tires that were part of Formula 1 winning cars. This makes it ideal for someone who is obsessed with winning. Dubuis’s Excalibur was worn by Pippen, a skeleton-dial timepiece with two tourbillons. You know what’s cooler? The Excalibur was made of white gold. Jordan’s watch was sold for $75 000. Pippen’s? $287 500.
This is to say that Pippen is a top-notch horologist. Pippen is wearing a Royal Oak Offshore navy with a matching camo strap. Pippen stated that he was as good as Michael Jordan. He may be referring to “watch collector” but he has a point.
- Andrew Garfield’s Omega De Ville Tresor
He was promoting his movie Tick, Tick…Boom!. Garfield is making a lot of news. Garfield is revisiting his idea of Spider-Man exploring his bisexuality. He also doesn’t deny the rumor that he will appear in the new version of Spider-Man alongside Tom Holland. Garfield needed a quiet watch to listen to his loud soundbites. Garfield turned to the Omega De Ville Tresor for help. This piece was first released in 1949 and is just as timeless as its date. For the premier of Tick, Tick…Boom, a watch was essential. Let’s just hope Garfield’s Omega fulfills only two-thirds.
- Gunna’s Richard Mille, RM 030
Gunna is looking for new ways to make Rihanna’s next costume more expensive than the one she wore this year. The rapper showcased his rose-gold RM 030 this week. This Richard Mille foundational piece is the first to have a declutchable rotating rotor. It automatically disconnects from the winding mechanism once it reaches its maximum capacity, to prevent it from from deteriorating. This feature is Richard Mille’s signature.
- Daniel Ricciardo’s Patek Philippe 5271P
The Ellen Show’s F1 driver Ricciardo was ready to fight with The Ellen Show’s watch-fiend host. The 5271P is heavyweight. Nearly 60 baguette-cut, diamonds are covered the bezel, lugs and crown. But when it comes down to Patek, sizzle and substance always balance. This watch is extravagant enough to be worn by the most emo hip-hop stars, but it also comes with a perpetual calendar that will please the most discerning horologist.