The Met Gala on Monday night provided plenty of razzle-dazzle, in the form of four-act outfit changes, spooky disembodied heads, $500,000 worth of ruby nipples, and some savvy inversion of the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme by Frank Ocean and Kanye. The watches, rightfully so, did not headline the night—but there were plenty of very cool, very expensive, maybe-not-so-camp timepieces at fashion’s biggest night. Speaking of which: can watches even be camp? Well, people spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on items that are basically obsolete. That breed of over-the-top seriousness is 100% camp.
Colin Kaepernick’s Hublot Classic Fusion
Colin Kaepernick wore a quartet of gold aquatic-themed rings (a crab, a shell, a catfish) to the Met Gala, so he was covered when it came to flashy jewelry. Kerby Jean-Raymond told Hypebeast the whole look was inspired by references Kaepernick and his girlfriend Nessa sent him of “kings, queens, pharaohs and reflections of African tradition.” He added, “At the last minute I got Colin to wear those rings.” Kaep’s all-black Hublot was probably purposeful, too: the colorway is called “Black Magic.”
Serena Williams’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
“The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance,” Susan Sontag wrote in the night’s guiding essay “Notes on Camp.” Maybe no watch better embodied that spirit than Serena Williams’s Royal Oak. There isn’t a single centimeter on the surface of this watch that isn’t covered in diamonds, 1,135 in total.
Tom Brady’s IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Edition “150 Years”
So maybe Tom Brady didn’t “get” the theme, but he wore one hell of a watch. This IWC timepiece includes a perpetual calendar, moon phase indications for both the northern and southern hemispheres, and an 18-carat gold case. It’s rare, too: there are only 250 of these watches in the world. This is a piece worth breaking the theme for. Brady’s outfit begs a good question: Why be camp when you can instead show off a really fantastic watch?
21 Savage’s Richard Mille RM-055 “Bubba Watson”
Dapper Dan told GQ that 21 Savage’s kingly black and gold jacket is a tribute to “the golden age” of hip hop. “When you see the gold and black that I encouraged him to use, all that is a holdover from the streets,” Dap said. “Everyone on the streets wants to be shiny, they want gold, and the outfit he’s wearing is a reflection of that.” And nothing says shiny like one of Richard Mille’s way-over-the-top watches.
Rami Malek’s Cartier Tank MC
Rami Malek—pardon me, Oscar winner Rami Malek—wore a jumbo-sized version of Cartier’s classic Tank to the Met Gala. According to Cartier, the intention of the MC watch is to bring “a resolutely masculine edge” to the brand’s signature design. Making something perfect even bigger? That’s camp, baby!
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Richard Mille RM-030
At his Thom Browne fitting on Sunday night, dressed in his Met Gala kilt, Beckham wore a Richard Mille with an orange strap. He admitted that the shade didn’t go well with the rest of his outfit. So what does a dynasty-building wide receiver pair with a kilt and a tux jacket with the sleeves ripped off? Another Richard Mille—in matching black, of course.
Michael B. Jordan’s Piaget Altiplano 900P
Michael B. Jordan’s Piaget has been in a long fight for supremacy in the watch world. When the Altiplano 900P was introduced in 2013, it was the thinnest mechanical watch in the world. It lost that record when Bulgari released a 5.15-millimeter watch in 2017. But Piaget came back swinging the next year with a new Altiplano that measured only 4.3 millimeters—just a hair more than two stacked nickels stacked—to reclaim the featherweight champion of the world belt.
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