In what is arguably 2021’s hottest gathering yet featuring the glitterati of both sport and hip-hop, Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin hosted an epic, all-white party over the July 4th weekend. From Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Quavo to Winnie Harlow, J Balvin, and Bobby Shmurda – everyone who is anyone was in attendance and dressed accordingly. But when it came to wrist candy, Jay-Z showed why no one can touch him, by rocking a Richard Mille RM 56-01 Tourbillon in green sapphire.
Jay-Z is well known for having the means and the taste to curate what is likely one of the best watch collections on the planet, and he isn’t exactly afraid to wear them out in public. Yep… Jay-Z hates safe queens; having notably been spotted wearing his Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300G at Diddy’s 50th birthday party, as well as his unique Richard Mille RM56-02 (the sibling watch to the one on his wrist last weekend).
Hov isn’t opposed to sharing the horological love, either. Ahead of his Shawn Carter Foundation Gala back in 2019, Jay-Z gifted all of his VIP guests rose gold Rolex Daytona Ref. 116505 watches, which have a current sticker price of $55,550.
The Richard Mille RM 56-01 Tourbillon that Jay-Z was photographed wearing is a truly a one-of-a-kind piece. What makes this watch so expensive (estimated to cost around $4 million), and so technically impressive is that the entire watch case is made out of green sapphire crystal. The tourbillon movement also contains sapphire bridges (the components that hold all the gears and springs in place), while much of the rest of the movement is titanium, making it extremely light on the wrist.
The sapphire crystal case alone reportedly takes more than 960 hours to machine and required Richard Mille to purchase a specific CNC machine to mill. Paired with a white rubber strap, it perfectly complemented Jay-Z’s white Cuban shirt and East Hampton NY bucket hat. Richard Mille is considered to be the membership badge for those in the billionaires club, so it’s good to see Jay-Z living large since he sold his music streaming platform Tidal to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in addition to a 50% stake in his champagne house Armand de Brignac (AKA “Ace of Spades”) to LVMH just a few months prior.
If you’re still keen for some snooping, head to Michael Rubin’s Instagram to witness more debauchery right here.