It’s not often that you see retailers actively lending pre-owned and vintage copy watches for awards ceremonies, but Watches of Switzerland, which recently purchased pre-owned and vintage purveyor Analog Shift, dressed Travon Free in a 2003 Patek Philippe Aquanaut and Martin Desmond Roe in a gold dial and gold-cased Audemars Piguet replica watch from the 1970s.
Then again, it’s none too common to see bright-yellow lapels and bow ties at these formal ceremonies, either. The Dolce & Gabbana suits were statements about police brutality, as the lining was stitched with names including Duante Wright, Tamir Rice and Stephen Clark. Their lapel pins were a tribute to Kobe Bryant.
While their gold case replica Audemars Piguet watch choices don’t seem to serve as any kind of political statement or memorial, they did perfectly match the suits, and it was a cool choice to consider older and vintage models. Although Free and Desmond most likely picked these out for their colorway, these are two pieces many collectors wouldn’t mind having in their vaults.