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A regular fixture on GQ’s Most Stylish list, Frank Ocean is also one of the most elusive and enigmatic characters in the contemporary music industry. Whether it’s releasing his first album, Nostalgia, Ultra, as a free mixtape in 2011, or, in 2016, dropping two albums, Blond and Endless, at the same time, Ocean challenges conventions in everything he does.
The same goes for the way he dresses. Some of Ocean’s most notable style moments include an all-black normcore outfit by Prada at the 2019 Met Ball (the dress code was “Camp”) and a sleekly tailored suit with checkerboard Vans slip-ons for a visit to the White House. And then there’s the slogan T-shirt he wore live on stage that read “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”, which, of course, went instantly viral.
Ocean takes a similarly creative approach to the watches and jewellery he wears. In hip-hop and R&B, a Richard Mille is considered one of the spoils of victory, with stars such as Drake, DJ Khaled and Gucci Mane wearing watches from the brand that boast technical specifications, material properties, and, yes, bling pushed to the outer, stratospheric limits of what is possible in fine watchmaking.
Fittingly, therefore, in 2019 Ocean posted a wrist shot of the RM 37-01 Automatic Kiwi from Richard Mille’s bonkers Bonbon collection, alongside the caption “Kandi Man”. Instead of the sparkling diamonds of hip-hop and R&B convention, the Kiwi is adorned with fruit slices and tiny candies which look as though they have been lightly frosted with a coating of sugar. This effect is achieved with powdered enamel and fine sand more commonly found inside an hourglass. The automatic winding calibre is housed inside a carbon TPT case attached to a bright green rubber strap.
Ocean – who has been doing the publicity rounds for his new jewellery collection, “Homer”, and who recently told the FT that he’s happy to walk around the desert with $3 million worth of jewellery – looks like he may have taken some inspiration from the watch for his own collection. Inspired designs include the diamond and enamel “Spear Legs” pendant in cartoon-bright colours which channels the vibrancy of pop art and the energy of Takashi Murakami. In 2021, it seems that the “haute” in haute horology and jewellery design are increasingly accompanied by “sweet” designs that look good enough to eat.