The best watches we saw at the Grammys, from Jay-Z’s Patek to Pharrell’s Richard Mille and more

Watches at the Grammys

The real watch collectors came out to show off at this year’s Grammys

The Grammy Awards, music’s biggest night, typically offers one of the most stylish (or at least outré) red carpets of the entertainment-industry attention festival we’ve come to know and love as awards season. But perhaps what’s most impressive about Sunday night’s proceedings is that many of the well-dressed men at the event chose their own watches, and not something a major horological brand paid them to wear.

To wit: Jay-Z, whose wife, Beyoncé, broke the record for the most Grammys won by a single individual during the broadcast, wore a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime that became available in 2017 at the eye-searing price of US$2.2 million—not exactly small change, even if you’re a billionaire. Trevor Noah wore at least two watches: a diamond-set Patek Philippe Nautilus and an Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar. And how could we forget Jay-Z’s rare 18-karat rose gold Patek Philippe Nautilus?

In other words, the real collectors dusted off their watch winders, put on tuxedos and came out to show off. For the rest of the best watches we saw on the Grammys 2023 red carpet, read on.

Watches at the Grammys
Noah started the night right with the 18-karat rose gold Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5723/1R-001

Trevor Noah’s Patek Philippe Nautilus

Trevor Noah, who hosted the Grammys for the third time on Sunday, walked the red carpet in a golden grail: a rare 18-karat rose gold Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5723/1R-001 with baguette diamonds set around the bezel, which he purchased at Wempe in Manhattan. He decked out his jacket with a Cartier high jewellery brooch made from white gold, emerald, onyx and diamonds.

Patek Philippe

Watches at the Grammys
Jay-Z is known for being quite a watch collector

Jay-Z’s Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatch, the two-faced Grandmaster Chime, came roaring back into life in 2014 and became a regular part of the brand’s collection in 2017. Jay-Z, who has quite the collection, has worn this watch on a number of formal occasions, and at the Grammys he paired it with one of Tiffany’s sought-after Bird on a Rock brooches.

Patek Philippe

Watches at the Grammys
The bright timepiece matched Williams’ brightly coloured outfit

Pharrell Williams’s RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley

For a notoriously happy guy, what’s better than a watch with a smiley face right on the dial?

Richard Mille

Watches at the Grammys
Nothing flashy for Hurd, who went for a classy timepiece by Vacheron Constantin

Ryan Hurd’s Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

Country star Ryan Hurd came to town wearing one of Vacheron Constantin’s most intriguing watches, the Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date, in white gold.

Vacheron Constantin

Watches at the Grammys
Not everyone can pull off an Urwerk but Swizz Beatz certainly did

Swizz Beatz’s Urwerk UR-120

In addition to having one of the best stage names in the game, Swizz Beatz also has a deeply impressive watch collection. Not everyone can pull off Urwerk’s outlandish timepieces, but Swizz wears this model with a casual air that makes it look right at home on his wrist.


Watches at the Grammys
Diamond watches are not just for the ladies

Sebastian Yatra’s Coussin de Cartier

Yatra, who was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album for his work, Dharma, wore a small, gem-set Cartier watch that suggests you can get a big impact from a small package.


Watches at the Grammys
Noah’s second timepiece at the awards show was the AP Royal Oak Perpetual Chronograph

Bonus: Trevor Noah’s AP Royal Oak Perpetual Chronograph

Why should the ladies have all the fun? Noah, who changed his jacket multiple times during the nearly four-hour show, also changed his watch, slipping into an Audemars Piguet chronograph in the middle of the telecast.

Audemars Piguet

This article was first published on Robb Report US