Rihanna needs no introduction, but seeing as we’re truly obsessed, we couldn’t not hype her up a little bit.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and in addition to always being on repeat in our headphones, Rihanna is also a major player in both the fashion and cosmetic industries with her Fenty design house and highly-successful Fenty Beauty line of products. An A-lister for the better part of two decades with a casual estimated net worth of $1.7 billion, you can guarantee Rihanna keeps her wrist game on point. Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most drool worthy pieces in our girl Riri’s collection.
Cartier is widely considered to be one the world’s most famous luxury brands, and no celebrity watch collection would be complete without at least one piece from the iconic Paris-based manufacturer. While Rihanna’s watch collection contains a few different models from Cartier, one of her go-to favorites seems to be the medium-sized Panthère de Cartier in full 18k yellow gold.
Although it was originally designed to be a men’s watch back when it was first created in 1983, the Panthère de Cartier quickly became a must-have fashion accessory for many of the world’s most prominent female celebrities. Described by the manufacturer as a watch that doubles as a piece of jewelry, the Panthère is one of Cartier’s most elegant designs and Rihanna frequently wears hers in a stack, pairing it with other gold bracelets on the same wrist.
The other Cartier watch that Rihanna can frequently be seen wearing is a full yellow gold version of the Santos. With a history that dates all the way back to 1904, the Cartier Santos holds the distinction of being the brand’s very first wristwatch, and while it was originally designed for pilots and aviators, its signature square-shaped case has become a mainstay in popular culture – an instantly recognizable piece in any of its various forms.
As you’d expect, the Cartier Santos in Rihanna’s collection is a truly statement-worthy example, featuring a silver opaline dial paired with a case and bracelet crafted from solid 18k yellow gold. While it arguably offers a greater visual impact than any other Cartier watch in her collection, Rihanna most frequently chooses to wear her yellow gold Santos in casual settings, pairing it with jeans, shorts, and streetwear.
Rihanna’s love for solid gold watches is not limited to just Cartier. As you might’ve expected, multiple different versions of the iconic Rolex Day-Date are also part of her extensive collection. First launched in 1956, the Day-Date is Rolex’s flagship collection of timepieces, and it is often considered to be the world’s single most famous gold watch.
The Rolex Day-Date is only ever constructed from precious metals, and given her penchant for solid gold watches, Rihanna owns examples of the Day-Date in both yellow and rose gold. In addition to a traditional Day-Date 36 on a President bracelet in 18k yellow gold, Rihanna also owns a rare pink gold vintage Rolex Day-Date that is fitted with a matching Oyster bracelet.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus is the poster child for ultra-exclusive luxury watches that are entirely unattainable at a retail level, trading hands on the open market for multiples of their original retail prices. As one of the world’s most famous celebrities, Rihanna has an example of this horological icon in her watch collection, and the specific version that can be spotted on her wrist is the Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R.
Originally created by legendary watch designer Gérald Genta in 1976, the Patek Philippe Nautilus has become one of the world’s most famous luxury timepieces, and it offers an instantly recognizable aesthetic that consists of a rounded octagonal face and an elegant integrated bracelet. Crafted entirely from 18k rose gold, the reference 5980/1R stays true to Rihanna’s love of solid gold watches, and despite its premium materials and advanced mono-counter chronograph movement, it remains a proper sports watch with a screw-down crown and 120 meters of water resistance.
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