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You may have heard this week that serial breakers of the internet Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are having a baby, or as someone at CNN put it: ‘Riri is having a Bibi.’ A regular fixture on our Best Dressed Couples list for the effortless manner in which they blend streetwear with European designer fashion, their sense of style is best expressed by A$AP Rocky’s rap: ‘Because she’s a fashion killa and I’m a jiggy n****” in the song ‘Fashion Killa’, the video for which Rihanna famously appeared as Rocky’s pretend girlfriend.
The details of the image have been pored over endlessly and come from a long line of highly art-directed celebrity baby announcements on Instagram. A huge amount of effort has gone into making the image appear effortless, and so while A$AP Rocky looks splendid in PVC trousers and an oversized Carhartt jacket, all eyes are on Rihanna who wears a vintage pink Chanel puffa jacket opened to reveal her tummy, upon which lay a long pearl necklace and jewel-encrusted chain.
For watch fanatics, RiRi has a special treat in store in the form of a King Midas watch, from Rolexes’ under-appreciated dress watch line, Cellini. Designed by Gerald Genta, the genius behind the iconic Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemar Piguet Royal Oak, the watch is yet more evidence of the increasing levels of connoisseurship within the highest echelons of celebrity watch collecting.
Genta often took inspiration from unlikely sources and integrated them into the design of his bracelets and cases. For example, Patek’s Nautilus famously takes its cues from the porthole of a ship. The King Midas has been inspired by antiquity, in this case the Parthenon temple of Athena. When laid on its side, with the crown facing up, the triangular case recalls the roof of the temple, while the lines in the links of the integrated bracelet ingeniously resemble the columns. Meanwhile, the crown’s grooves are soft and curved rather than sharp, giving it the appearance of a sun. The case of the watch and the hefty bracelet together weigh a whopping 185 grams (the same as an adult hamster) and are totally integrated so as to be indistinguishable from one another – a classic Genta design signature. So too are the watch’s peculiar sharp angles, which defied the classically curved designs very popular in the ’60s. When it first arrived on the market back then, it must have appeared as though it had been beamed in from another planet.