While basketball was first and foremost on everyone’s minds at the 2022 NBA Draft, the draftees had clearly put a great deal of thought into their wrist game for the night.
While chatter on social media has suggested the evening was awash with loaners from watch and jewelry brands, it is entirely possible that some of the drip on display belonged to the young players given last year’s NCAA rule changes allowing college athletes to monetise their own personal brands through social media, merchandise and endorsement deals.
Six-figure Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa watches were spotted on the wrists of Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren while bust down Cartier Santos pieces were worn by several draftees, including Malaki Branham and Mark Williams.
Jabari Smith Jr wore a gold-toned PRX from Tissot, the NBA's official timekeeper since 2015.
Elsewhere in watches, Breguet celebrates 221 years of the tourbillon with Tradition 7047 Tourbillon Waltz.