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RAPPER’S DELIGHT: Jay Z, Diddy and the £2million watch

How Jay Z put the extra in extravagant for Diddy’s 50th party


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Over the weekend Diddy threw himself a 50th birthday party in Los Angeles, and everyone was there, naturally. Lizzo, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Snoop Dog, Cardi B, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay Z and Jay Z’s $2.2million Patek Philippe watch.
Diddy’s own brand of vodka flowed, photographer Carlos ‘Kaito’ Araujo shot portraits of guests, and after years of feuding, Jay-Z and Kanye West reunited for the first time. But what do we really want to focus on here? Jay Z wore a $2.2 million Patek Philippe watch! The timepiece equivalent of wearing a Valentino couture dress to the office party. Stay away from the chocolate fondue, please.

The watch itself is a Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300G. It launched in 2016, and is the second iteration of the Grandmaster Chime. The original is the ref. 5175 - which was introduced for Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary. Whereas the original was produced with an engraved yellow-gold encasing, the updated iteration that was worn by Jay Z has a white-gold case with black and white dials.

So yes, the style plus the price tag makes it a real trophy piece, totally deserving of a place at Diddy’s birthday bash. It's rare that a watch would dominate a conversation where this collection of conversation-worthy people are concerned, but this one deserves all the attention it commands. And like Naomi Campbell famously said, ‘there ain’t no party like a Diddy party’.

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