Rihanna’s watch for ankle covered in emerald and round-cut white diamonds.
Rihanna is advocating for crazy watches worn in extreme ways once more. This past weekend at the F1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas, the superstar Barbadian was seen sporting an incredibly intricately bejeweled Jacob & Co. watch around her ankle. This was just months after she made waves in the watch world by donning another stunning Jacob & Co. piece around her neck at Pharrell’s Louis Vuitton debut in Paris.
Rihanna wore a customized watch with a hand-wound movement and a flying tourbillon, both authorized by watch geeks, for that star-studded June event. The watch was coated in 339 baguette-cut diamonds. This time, she chose a watch from the Boutique Collection of a NYC jeweler that has 155 stones set in an 18-karat white gold setting, the majority of which are emerald-cut diamonds. (You miss the point if you’re thinking what type of acrobatics it takes to check the time on your ankle.)
The pieces in the Boutique Collection draw inspiration from mid-century cocktail watches, and although they are undoubtedly striking, they are far more traditional than many of Jacob & Co.’s extremely intricate models that draw inspiration from astronomy, movies, and other sources. But it’s new to wear one around your ankle.
A growing number of women have begun donning watches in unusual ways over the past few years, to the point where The New York Times felt compelled to weigh in on the fashion.
Rihanna is a well-known watch collector; in addition to the ostentatious products of Jacob & Co., she owns everything from exquisite Cartier selections to vintage Rolex Day-Date models. She also has no problem showing off her opulent clothing in public. She flaunted a $600,000 diamond ring on her big toe in May.
It’s impossible to predict what, or more crucially, where, she will wear next given her eclectic and wide-ranging taste. Is a thigh watch on the way, perhaps? Keep an eye on this area.