In the world of the rich and famous, luxury watches, are easy gifts to give. It seems it has become almost customary for celebrities to gift each other high end watches at any point during their relationship, even within the first few months.
Apparently, spending thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars on a watch for a relatively new girlfriend or boyfriend is all good in Hollywood.
The ironic thing is that when rich people date other rich people, there almost seems to be competition in who can buy who what and in one upping each other’s purchases.
For example, John Mayer seems to be the king of buying Rolex watches for his girlfriends, and if I’m not mistaken, the same Rolex. He bought both Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston gold Rolex watches. Mayer gave Jessica Simpson a Rolex Datejust Jubilee Men’s Watch with an Oyster Bracelet. When he dated Jennifer (the entire relationship lasted only four months!) he gave her a Ladies Oyster Datejust with black face and pink hour markers. The one girlfriend who came previous to these two but who walked with nothing was Cameron Diaz.
In her case, Cameron is quite capable of buying herself a Rolex or any other kind of women’s luxury watch, or jewelry watch. So is Aniston. In fact, she seems to have a weakness for Cartier watches. She has been seen wearing a Cartier Tank Louis, a Cartier Tank Chinoise, and a Cartier Roadster, among other vintage Cartier watches.
This past summer the gossip mill started again that because Jen was seen wearing the Rolex Mayer had given her, it meant she was trying to send him messages that she wanted to rekindle their romance. Fat chance. If a girl is given a nice watch or ring or handbag, she should be able to enjoy it as long as the memories of the ex don’t ruin the moment.
Due to their large cash flow, stars like Aniston would never need to sell an item such as a luxury watch. However, Jessica Simpson, whose career (not to mention personal life) is struggling, may want to think about parting with the Rolex from Mayer; she could probably get more for it being that Mayer gave it to her. Hey, did Tony Romo give her anything?
Another recent female celebrity to give a luxury men’s watch to her man is Khloe Kardashian. After only months of dating, Khloe and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom married. Right after the wedding, Lamar turned 30 and Khloe gave him a solid gold Breitling watch for his birthday. She says “he is a watch collector, so he was beyond happy.” While most Breitlings do not cost as much as a Rolex, they can and while it was not reported how much the watch was valued at, Breitlings can range in price from $2,000 to more than $100,000. Among the jet set crowd of Hollywood, Breitling watches have become quite the status symbol. Made for aviation pilots, these watches come with a high number of complications and unique movements; two factors which influence the price of a watch. Not to mention that they are made from precious metals. However, unlike Rolexes, Cartier watches, Breitling watches are not typically jewelry watches – the kind that are decked out in lots of bling.
Although there are other types of watches bought and worn by celebrities, like Omega watches, TAG Heuer and Bvlgari watches, these do not seem to be the preferred brand that one celeb may buy for another. In that case, Rolex takes the cake.
If you ever get the chance to date a celebrity or anybody rich for that matter, make sure to get your watch, but be unique and go for something less common. Ideas include: Panerai, Audemars Piguet, Chopard, Gucci watches, etc. Ca-ching!