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May 9th, 2024

The Most Fascinating Watches Seen At The MET GALA 2024

Met Gala 2024 Luxury Watches

Every year, fashion enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the first Monday of May. The Met Gala is a night when who's wearing what becomes the centre of most people's attention. Earlier, the event was confined to celebrities and their outfits..but now more and more wristwatches are stealing the show. Well, believe it or not, this is only a telltale sign of the increasing popularity and importance of luxury watches in today's culture. 

This year, the Met Gala's theme was 'The Garden of Time', drawing inspiration from a short story by J.G. Ballard in 1962, which celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute's Spring exhibit 'Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion'. 

The theme was especially thrilling for watch enthusiasts. Why? It gave a moment to the 'Vintage timepieces' and pieces that somehow portrayed the passage of time. 

With dramatised outfits, the watches worn by celebrities were a sight to behold, as they were in tandem with the 'Garden of Time' brief. From vintage Cartier to Patek Philippe, the night was lit with some of the finest timekeeping pieces. 

Here, we look closer at our favourites from the star-studded event. 

10 Most Memorable Timepieces From The Met Gala 2024

1. Chopard Alpine Eagle – Chris Hemsworth

The eagle landed on the Red Carpet as Chris Hemsworth paired his bespoke Tom Ford cream suit with a sporty-chic Chopard Alpine Eagle timepiece. You'll find shiny rings on almost every finger and a long chain around his neck. 

Chopard - Chris Hemsworth

The Chopard Alpine Eagle is quite an unconventional choice by the Thor actor, who has been spotted on numerous occasions showing off his Tag Heuer range. Inspired by the Swiss mountains and the commanding strength of the eagle, this diamond-encrusted 18ct rose gold timepiece is everything a Holy Grail looks like. 

2. Audemars Piguet Sandgold Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Openworked – Serena Williams

Making her presence felt with a shiny Balenciaga gown, tennis legend Serena Williams chose an Openworked Audemars Piguet Sandgold Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Ref. 26735SG.OO.1320SG.01 for the big night. The watch grabbed eyeballs as Williams stood with her golden goddess look. 

Audemars Piguet - Serena Williams

Crafted in sand gold, a new 18ct gold alloy that gently hovers between pink and white gold while playing with light, this 41mm AP timepiece has an attractive skeleton dial. Williams accessorised her look with black gloves, which served as the perfect background to complement the sand gold colour. 

3. Patek Philippe Aquanaut – Ben Simmons

Cloaked entirely in Thom Browne attire, Ben Simmons made a lasting impression with his Mad Hatter-inspired ensemble. The star took the theme quite literally as he sported a clock briefcase along with his show-stopping Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 7968/300R. Clearly, time was on his mind and hand. 

Patek Philippe - Ben Simmons

The NBA superstar ensured his fashion game was on point as he turned heads with this iconic Patek Philippe. The gem-set timepiece is as vibrant as it comes, with a rainbow theme throughout. The dial flaunts multicoloured hour markers, and the bezel is wholly gem-set in rainbow shades. The red strap got the watch the attention it deserved. 

4. Clash de Cartier - Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun, the Beef star, graced the Met Gala 2024 with his undeniable charm. The actor chose to pair his Thom Browne-designed black floral brocade suit with an unconventional Cartier Clash de Cartier timepiece designed for women. The yellow and purple gold jewellery watch was a major flex as the borders were erased between watchmaking and jewellery. 

Clash de Cartier - Steven Yeun

The Cartier Clash Ref. WGMB0002 is a statement model with a fully articulated bracelet and a silvered sunray dial embracing a nice golden finish. The watch debuted in the Clash De Cartier collection last year and screams elegance. The spikes are soft, the beads are rotating, and it's a piece you can experience with just the touch. 

5. Jacob & Co Ruby Billionaire III- Usher

'Assuredly, Usher was at the top of his style game in a tailor-made Alexander McQueen outfit by Sean McGirr. It was completed with a cape adorned with roses. When the musician arrived at the Met Gala, all you could see was his leather hat, an assortment of pink rings, and the red rose he carried. But tucked beneath was a massive, vibrant pink watch from Jacob & Co. 

Jacob & Co - Usher

Talk about extravagant—Usher's Jacob & Co Ruby Billionaire III is quite that. Adorned with a whopping 714 pristine Rubies totalling 147.65 carats, set in 18ct white gold, this Jacob & Co. creation has an exorbitant price tag. However, the iconic pop star walked around pretty casually with this pink-hued gem on his wrist. 

6. Vintage Piaget From Analog Shift – Lil Nas X

A Vintage Piaget, stunning combo nails and Lil Nas X's glam – is there anything more iconic? The musicians and pop stars seemed to take the cake at this year's Met Gala. Lil Nas X never shies away from blingy and glitzy ensembles and went full glam in white attire embellished with Swarovski crystals. But what elevated his ensemble tenfold is the piece on his wrist.

Vintage Piaget - Lil Nas X

The vintage Piaget was one of the most distinctive timepieces at the Met 2024. This stunning 18ct white gold model from the 1970s Analog: Shift catalogue reminds us of the minimalistic days when less was considered more in the watchmaking world. The watch features a malachite dial and an integrated textured bracelet. The green hue feels like you're peering into a garden.

7. Tiffany Cocktail 2-Hand - Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum reminds us that even with a larger wrist, you shouldn't be afraid to wear small watches. The Jurassic Park star, along with his two pairs of glasses, a Tiffany & Co. brooch, a smart black overcoat, and white gloves, wore a Tiffany Cocktail 2-Hand watch that seemed like the perfect fit for a stroll through the 'Garden of Time'. He impressively showed off his neat hand in mixing and matching jewellery. 

Tiffany - Jeff Goldblum

The Tiffany Cocktail 2-Hand goes all the way back to the 1920s, encased in an 18ct rose gold body with a white guilloche dial, outfitting a bezel set with dazzling round diamonds. Presented on a satin black strap, this classy Tiffany piece gets our seal of approval. 

8. Omega De Ville Prestige - Barry Keoghan 

Not one, not two, Barry Keoghan wore three incredible Omega watches to the Met Gala 2024. The list included a modern De Ville Prestige in yellow gold, a Seamaster Aqua Terra in 18ct Sedna™ gold and diamonds and a rare stainless 'Staybrite' pocket watch from the 1930s. The most special is the pocket watch that Barry clipped to his lapel. 

Omega - Barry Keoghan

Keoghan graced the evening wearing Burberry. His ensemble featured a three-piece suit, combining modern sophistication and vintage charm. He artfully paired this with a black pinstripe wool waistcoat, adding a touch of formality. The star from the film Saltburn owned the Mad Hatter aesthetic as he was going for the big night.

9. Tag Heuer Carrera 60th Anniversary - Nicholas Galitzine

Nicholas Galitzine made a breakthrough debut at the Met Gala 2024. He arrived in style, dressed quite sharply in a Fendi tuxedo featuring embroidered black flowers. The actor from "The Idea of You" continued his on-and-off romance with Tag Heuer at the Met Gala, as he wore the 60th Anniversary edition of the silver-and-black Carrera.

Tag Heuer - Nicholas Galitzine

The Panda Carrera made a hit comeback at Watches & Wonders 2023 as homage to an earlier Heuer piece from the 1960s. Presented in a steel body, the watch has a silver sunray-brushed dial and contrasting black sub-dials. This piece is our personal favourite. Also, we give a 10/10 to his hair! 

10. Cartier Santos - Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade made a fashionable entry dressed in Versace lilac. The popular basketball player is known for his keen interest in luxury watches, and he showed off his tasteful pick at the Gala with a Cartier Santos de Cartier in rose gold.

Cartier - Dwyane Wade

Dwyane wore a Santos De Cartier Ref.WGSA0029, with the bezel completely encrusted in diamonds. It fits to a black leather strap. The combination of rose gold and silver dial reflects a balanced sense of modern elegance and luxury chic. Only a true watch enthusiast can recognise the value of this piece, which has a mind-boggling price in the market. 

LASTLY..

Let's take a moment to admire these timekeeping beauties, perfectly aligned with the theme. It's refreshing to witness how technology breathed life into garments. 

If there was a year when the 'watches' worn at the Met Gala would claim the spotlight, it has to be this: a year when the theme was 'Garden of Time'. While the theme may not have directly called out for a focus on the watches, it did, and we couldn't be any happier. 

The magic of the Met Gala 2024 literally manipulated time.

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