Kevin Hart’s watch collection is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars, and that’s being conservative!
Some of us just wear watches. Some like watches. And there are some who are really into watches. Then there’s another step upwards: the Kevin Hart level of watch craving.
The all-around comedian and producer Kevin Hart is for sure world-famous. Not only for his signature humor style of playing with his own insecurities but also for his immense collection of exceptional timepieces.
He could be seriously funny if you excuse the wordplay, but his jaw-dropping collection of watches is instead seriously awesome.
From all accounts, he favors four main brands – which are Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Richard Mille, and he keeps adding pieces to his collection every now and then to celebrate a new milestone in his stellar career. This also means – as successful as he is now – that he is getting a whole lot of new watches, so many that it is damn difficult to keep track of them, even if he is not shy at all at showing them on his Instagram account.
However, his style as a collector cannot be defined as “conservative”. It is much more a bold and brash feat. His watches are always very notable – and undeniably very fitting to his character, or at least, the character he displays publicly.
But his life in technicolor ain’t always been so. Hart came from very humble beginnings, from the rough part of Philadelphia, a drug-addict father his example to avoid following.
And one of his first big successes, Laugh At My Pain, was the way Hart exposed his personal weaknesses to make others laugh. For sure, a heart-wrenching but ultimately liberating experience that gave him the fuel and the motivation to go forward.
And forward he went. “I’m the real deal,” says Kevin. “I’m not someone who just jumps in and jumps back out.”
The guy’s got the motivation.
And with hard work, money began to pour in. And with it, his interest – let’s call it like that – in beautiful timepieces.
In his words, “The passion for watches has always been there, but… It definitely gets bigger and better.”
So, what was Kevin Hart’s first serious watch?
Undoubtedly, a classic “It was probably a Rolex Submariner.” And after that, he made a step upwards – bit by bit, as his solid and concrete style tells us – a steel Daytona, which remains one of his faves even to this day “because it’s such a hard watch to get.”
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This tells much about the man – and the power of motivation.
Which is what has helped him rise over his turbulent past, and reward himself well for his success, too.
Mr. Hart says he’s no horologist, nor just a show-off. He jokingly tells he knows little (but we doubt it) about his “disgusting” timepieces, yet his main fascination lies within the endless creativity at work playing inside the tiny cage of a watch: “The effort watchmakers put into making something so unique,” he says. “That’s what I love.”
He loves watches, but for sure he is not a fool. He is very attentive in choosing models that are going to improve in value over time.
So, what is Kevin Hart’s secret dream as an actor and a watch aficionado?
“To have something that’s your model, that’s the honor of all honors to me. I don’t plan on stopping doing what I’m doing any time soon.”
So, the world is waiting for – say – an Audemars Piguet “Kevin Hart”. And with the drive and motivation of this amazing Grown Little Man – as his first important gig tells us – we are pretty sure it is bound to happen quite soon.
The Cornerstones of Kevin Hart’s Watch Collection
As we have said already, his collection is organized around four “cornerstones”.
Given the average mean price of each brand, though, it is pretty obvious that the number of the components of each is pretty varied, Rolex being the most numerous.
So, we are going to go into more detail about each brand Mr. Hart is focused on.
One of the most evident models on his wrist is the Daytona. He just loves Daytonas.
And he has shown a great deal of them on public occasions.
The watch gossip paparazzi have shown him wearing at least six different models so far: a 50th Anniversary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Platinum with a lovely deep blue dial; an Everose Daytona, with its lovely pinkish hue; a very classic yellow gold Paul Newman, plus some other classic models in stainless steel such as the white dial.
But he does not stop here, as you would expect. His wrist has been graced by many other top Rolex models, like several Rolex President Day-Dates including an all-gold version, along with some unique Day-Date II models like the 18k Everose Gold Bronze Wave Dial and a very uncommon 18k Yellow Gold Baguette Diamond & Ruby Dial.
Another watch from the House of the Crown he has worn on several occasions is the SkyDweller, and precisely, the 18K White Gold Black Dial. This choice alone tells you that Mr. Hart values the total package: mechanical complexity and precious materials and finishings.
One of the key features of the Rolex models is the attention to the quality of the materials. Specially developed by the company, the Oystersteel – used for the case and the bracelet – is a highly resistant kind of steel belonging to the 904L steel family, which regular applications lie mainly in demanding fields like aerospace and chemical industries, where the maximum resistance to corrosion is fundamental. Oystersteel, apart from being extremely resistant, is also beautiful when polished, and maintains its exceptional looks even after being exposed to the harshest environments and activities.
The Cosmograph Daytona comes with the calibre 4130 movement, a self-winding mechanical COSC chronograph-certified movement precise to 1/8 of a second, which is entirely developed and made by the company in its manufacturing plants.
Rolex has always been a pioneer both in the development of the automatic movement and the use of antimagnetic materials to improve the timekeeping quality of its watches, so you won’t be surprised in finding the most state-of-the-art developments inside this amazing timepiece.
Its efficient design offers a reserve charge of up to 72 hours and features a streamlined architecture which improves its reliability and service intervals – extended to ten years, twice the current standard.
The watch sports a signature black monobloc Cerachrom bezel in ceramic with engraved tachymetric scale, and is water resistant up to 100 meters/330 feet, which makes it suitable even for casual diving. But would look equally perfect for the most important business meeting downtown.
The luxury sports watch category was invented by Audemars Piguet in 1972, with the release of the first Royal Oak – and Mr. Hart shows that he has a soft spot for the iconic model designed by Gerald Génta.
Hart has been spotted wearing several different models of the octagonal timepiece, both in “normal” and limited editions: from the classic stainless steel to the rose gold (a color he seems to favor), along with more complex editions like the QE II CUP 2016 Limited Edition, the awesome Platinum Tourbillion Chronograph, and the Tourbillion Concept GMT. And, always the elegant man, Kevin Hart has been photographed wearing also an Extra-Thin Royal Oak Limited Edition.
The lines of this timepiece reveal the genius of the designer who, in an era where you would find dress watches AND sports watches, created a blend of the two, inventing an (extraordinarily successful) niche. The Royal Oak – which name comes from a naval reference as the main British battleship of the 1800s – sports an octagonal, imposing bevel affixed to the case through eight very visible screws, and encasing its sapphire glass like a gemstone. The timepiece is completed by, a textured dial in a distinctive “grande tapisserie” design, and austere, very visible hour markers which make it instantly recognizable, and downright iconic.
The 15500 is powered by an automatic caliber 4302 movement, beating at 28.800 bph, and offering a hefty 70 hours power reserve, tucked in a solid stainless steel case with integrated bracelet, with a very traditional and almost small (by today’s humongous standards) size at 41 mm.
The amazing wristband, originally designed for the original Royal Oak by Gay Frères, is one of its key features. It has been recently improved to make it a little bit more sturdy and almost supple – offering the same impeccable finishings that you would expect from the “Young Prince”.
This timepiece is so perfectly balanced that it makes an amazing everyday watch – a class act for a watch which costs more than a couple typical Rolexes, but it feels so right as to tuck it under your shirt for a business meeting, or to take it for a ride on the countryside.
Could Kevin Hart’s collection be complete without some watches from the New King? You can see Mr. Hart often wearing a Patek Philippe. And as one would expect from his other choices, the Nautilus is his fave.
One of the models he likes to wear is the Nautilus Moonphase in 18k Rose Gold, with leather wristband – a perfect fit for an elegant but sporty looks – but he has shown also a 40th Anniversary Patek Philippe Nautilus in 18KT White Gold, a Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph, and a very elegant Nautilus Diamond Baguette Bezel & Hinges.
With the oblong, soft shape of the bezel, the 40 mm porthole-shaped rose gold case and the dial with ribbed surface, the Nautilus bears the signature style of its designer, the same Gerald Génta who authored the Royal Oak. Its almost cyberpunk-ish lines embody, since 1976, one of the main references of the luxury sports niche. And even today, 40 years later, it feels always so contemporary, and perfect to accompany the most exigent wearers through their daily life.
The Nautilus mounts an automatic 240 PS IRM C LU caliber, visible through a sapphire glass back, and features an indicator of the power reserve and subdials for the small seconds and the moonphase. The movement, based on an eccentric micro-rotor in red gold, beats at 21.600 bph and offers a power reserve of 48 hours.
The brownish-black dial, with a feature guilloché texture in horizontal bands, is subtly enriched by the applied hour markers in yellow gold. The supple black crocodile wristband features a deployment clasp in rose gold.
This timepiece is so elegant that it blows you away with its sheer class and its extremely balanced mix of contemporary elements and vintage inspirations. It is definitely a keeper.
And here we come to the fourth and – let us say it – most exclusive part of Kevin Hart’s watch collection: Richard Mille. He shows a real love of Richard Mille, and has been seen wearing at least five different models. Given the fact that they start from the best part of the $85,000 upwards, you can understand the size of the investment Kevin Hart is carefully injecting into his collection.
One of his main assets is the Richard Mille RM 11-01 “Roberto Mancini”, created by the maison for the exclusive needs of the worldwide-famous Italian football coach.
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But Mr. Hart has shown us other beauties, like a white Richard Mille RM035 Gold Toro and a Limited Edition (of only 50) of Richard Mille’s manually wound RM 035 Americas Rafael Nadal.
Richard Mille watches are like the F1 of horology, and are created to break the rules, achieving results never thought before.
As such, for the past 7 years Richard Mille has been cooperating with the Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, creating in the meanwhile a line of awe-inspiring pieces such as insanely costly tourbillons, as well as more affordable – but still groundbreaking – manual wound watches. So, after Nadal’s victory at Roland Garros, making him the only man to win a single Grand Slam tournament 10 times, Richard Mille has presented two Limited Editions to celebrate him, “El Toro” – ‘The Bull’ – from Manacor in Mallorca.
The Gold Toro, created in only 50 exemplaries, and available exclusively in the American boutiques of the brand, features a satin-finished 18K red gold tonneau-shaped case. This same precious metal is also found in the crown, buckle, and hands of the timepiece. The watch proudly displays – as often happens in Richard Mille’s creations – it’s superbly finished skeletonized RMUL1 manual wound movement which offers a 55-hour power reserve.
As expected, the watch is pretty evident, measuring 48 mm x 39.70 mm x 12.25 mm, so do not try to hide it under the cuffs of your shirt.
But when you have such beauty around your wrist, who would want to hide it?