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The celebrities at last night’s Met Gala really brought their A-game when it came to watches. I’m going to say it: this was the best Met Gala for watches in the history of the event. Nearly every corner of the industry was covered, from brand new releases on the wrists of Roger Federer and Pete Davidson, traditional dress watches on Pierce Brosnan or Rami Malek, to new-age sport pieces from Jeremy Strong (and, wow, wouldn’t you know it—we just happen to have a gallery going behind the scenes and getting detailed shots from almost that entire crew). That doesn’t even get to the serious showing of sport watches that made their way to the Met Gala courtesy of Pusha T, Jack Harlow, and Nick Jonas.
To put a finer point on all this: my round-up of last year’s Met Gala timepieces featured 13 tickers. Below, you’ll find a whopping 24 attendees who proudly showed off their watches on the red carpet (and that doesn’t include Pete Davidson, Ke Huy Quan, Idris Elba, or Brooklyn Peltz Beckham who we know were wearing watches—cough, check out that aforementioned gallery, cough—that weren’t visible on the red carpet).
Jeremy Strong’s Richard Mille RM07-04
Not surprising at this point that the method-acting Strong would wear the same watch brand as his Succession character Kendall.
Roger Federer’s Rolex Perpetual 1908
Federer wore this brand-new Rolex out in public for the first time.
Pierce Brosnan’s Blancpain Villeret
Brosnan told us that this watch was a gift from his wife, and it’s inscribed with “Love flies on time’s wings” on the back.
Rami Malek’s Cartier Tank
Rami Malek and Cartier Tanks make peanut butter and jelly look like a lacking combination by comparison.
Pusha T’s Rolex Day-Date
This is the most important “Monday” Pusha’s Day-Date will ever display.
Patrick Mahomes’s Cartier Santos
Mahomes knows how to pair a watch to an event: an all-business Rolex to the Super Bowl and a slick Santos for the Met.
Kim Jones’s Rolex “Pre-Daytona”
It looks like the Daytona, it smells like the Daytona (probably), but look closely and you won’t find the name anywhere on Jones’s vintage piece. This is an example of a chronograph watch that Rolex made outside the Daytona family.
Nick Jonas’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Jonas is proof that serious sport watches fit right in on the Met Gala red carpet.
Jack Harlow’s Rolex GMT-Master II
A GMT-Master, the watch originally made for Pan-Am pilots, is a necessity for a guy who loves flying first class so much he wrote a song about it.
Barry Keoghan’s Bulgari Octo Roma Papillon Central Tourbillon
The name of this watch does the drama of it justice. The beating heart of the tourbillon, right at its center, amps up the theater.
Eddie Redmayne’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
Omega has been churning out the Aqua Terra in lovely, lively hues. Redmayne’s comes in a nice shade of sand.
Taika Waititi’s Cartier Santos Dumont
In my humble opinion, a watch always looks cooler next to a hand tattoo—especially when said tattoo is supplying a little edge to an otherwise elegant Santos.