When the gavel struck and the first Tiffany Blue Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-018 sold at auction for $6.5 million USD (yes for charity), the watch community’s attention immediately turned to which big name celebrities would be allocated these extremely rare timepieces (because face it, none of us average watch collectors stand a chance). Names like Sylvester Stallone, Mark Wahlberg, John Mayer, and Ed Sheeran were all speculated.
We at Wrist Enthusiast have decided that we would keep an updated list of every celebrity (or otherwise influential watch collector) that has received a Tiffany Blue Nautilus. So check back often (and bookmark this page) to see all the celebs who were able to obtain that holy grail the rest of us will likely never even get the chance to see in person.
So who got a Tiffany Dial Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711? Let’s see…
It’s not surprising at all that Jay-Z was the first celebrity spotted wearing the Tiffany Blue Nautilus (check out the rest of Jay-Z’s Patek Philippe Collection here). Jay-Z is a watch collector and both he and his wife are ambassadors for Tiffany. Since the Tiffany Blue Nautilus is a Tiffany & Co. boutique exclusive (so no, don’t go calling your local Patek Philippe AD for an allocation), it makes a ton of sense that he Jay-Z would receive the first allocation.
What better Christmas gift to yourself than a Tiffany Blue Nautilus? Well, Lebron James was spotted wearing the 2nd publicly known allocation of the rare Nautilus while arriving to Crypto.com Stadium (the former STAPLES Center) for the Lakers’ holiday showdown with the Brooklyn Nets. He would later post a sneak peak of his new acquisition as an instagram story. Lebron James was previously an Audemars Piguet ambassador, but perhaps that partnership has lapsed. If I was in Lebron’s position, I would definitely celebrate my newfound watch buying freedom with a Tiffany Blue Nautilus.
Business executive Corey Gamble, perhaps best known for being the longtime boyfriend of Kris Jenner, was spotted at the Lakers-Nets game on December 25th wearing what is clearly a Patek Philippe Nautilus. What variation of the watch is a little more dicey. Dueling Instagram celebrity watch spotters have identified the watch differently with @watchspotterkw identifying it as the extremely rare Tiffany Blue Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-18 while @celebwatchspotter thinks Gamble wore the not-quite-as-rare-but-still-extremely-rare olive green Nautilus with factory-set diamond bezel Ref. 5711/1300A.
Which watch is Gamble wearing? Well, I cannot be sure but the dial does definitely give off the Tiffany Blue glow. Perhaps Kris bought her boyfriend an all-time great Christmas gift. We’ll include it on our allocation tracker until we hear otherwise, and in the interest of full disclosure…
While not a Tiffany Blue Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711, I thought LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault’s latest wrist flex was worthy of a mention in this tracker. Arnault was spotted on January 22, 2021 wearing a piece unique (meaning one of one) Tiffany Blue Patek Philippe 5740 Perpetual Calendar. I can’t even imagine the price this watch would command at auction (though it will likely never see the open market. Perhaps this watch was a gift to himself in the wake of LVMH’s January 2021 purchase of Tiffany & Co. for $15.8 Billion USD. Either way, this may be one of the greatest watch flexes of all time.
It’s been a long and drawn out mystery: Who actually wont the auction for the Tiffany 5711? Well? We have that answer. According to an interview with HODINKEE, the winner appears to be Zach Lu, who posted an unboxing video to his instagram (@zachattack__25) late last night.
Interestingly, Lu had actually backed out of the auction at around the $5,000,000 mark. He had been a longtime supporter of Patek Philippe, and even personally reached out to Thierry to receive an allocation (which was denied). When the original winner of the Tiffany 5711 was unable to pay, Patek discussed who should receive the watch – And it was allocated to Lu.