It’s perhaps the biggest annual celebration in America but Fourth of July has slowly descended into a who’s who of the fashion game. Designers spruik eagle-themed haute couture, while celebrities drop a little glam in honour of US Independence. While Jay-Z’ may have stolen the show with his $4 million timepiece on show at Michael Rubin’s all-white party, Canadian GOAT Drake also stepped up his game. Spotted at Nobu in Malibu, Drake was seen wearing a USD$1.050 million (AUD$1.4 million) Richard Mille RM 27-04 sports watch, of which only 50 were ever made.
Partying alongside French Montana and Conway the Machine, Drake showed off the horological creation in full-form, but what makes this interesting is the timing. Sure, the anniversary of America, the world’s most-capitalist country’s independence is an ideal time to show off your wealth and affluence, but Drake’s Richard Mille watch had a double-timed unveiling.
The Richard Mille RM 27-04 sports watch was originally crafted for tennis dynamo Rafael Nadal. It features a tennis racquet-inspired dial that works to stabilise a movement that can withstand a gravitational force of 12,000 Gs, just slightly under that of an intense on-court forehand. With Fourth of July celebrations raging in America, the tennis world was focused on more pressing matters, namely, Wimbledon. The high-prestige English tournament was being held simultaneously to Drake’s Malibu shindig, prompting some to suggest the watch’s appearance wasn’t a coincidence.
Unfortunately, two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal pulled out of this year’s event, noting a short-turnaround between Wimbledon and the French Open as the key motivator. “It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” he said.
Nevertheless, Drake appeared to be emulating the Spaniard’s styling, opting for the same baby-blue strap worn by Nadal at the French Open. This is the traditional choice after the Spaniard switched out his for a white version later in the tour.
It’s not the first time Drake has shown his appreciation for Richard Mille. The rapper is known to have worn the strange and often criticised RM 69 erotic watch, however, this foray into sports watches does set a new precedence. Unlike its competitors, Richard Mille doesn’t just want ambassadors to wear its pieces at afterparties and press conferences, but during the most intense and physical aspects of their sporting endeavours. Judging by how big Fourth of July celebrations were this year, Drake made the right decision.
What watch does Drake wear?
Drake was most recently spotted wearing the Richard Mille Rm 27-04 sports watch, however, he has an extensive collection of timepieces including a customised Rolex and several tudors.
How much is Drake's Richard Mille?
Drake's Richard Mille RM 27-04 watch costs $1,050,000 retail. Only 50 examples of this limited-edition piece were ever made.