Jay-Z’s Sapphire-Studded 1:1 Fake Patek Philippe Might Be His Most Elegant Watch Yet

Jay-Z, one of the world’s most renowned collectors, owns several such pieces—especially ones from perfect replica Patek Philippe, whose oeuvre contains a dedicated sub-collection of g “Grand complications. Spotted recently at the UEFA Champions League final, Hov rocked what is arguably one of the most drool-worthy such timepieces in the form of the luxury fake Patek Philippe ref. 5271/11P, a manually-wound perpetual calendar-chronograph set with over five carats of baguette-cut sapphires.

This particular combination of complications—the perpetual calendar with a chronograph—is a speciality of best 1:1 replica Patek Philippe’s, which launched the ref. 1518 in 1941. Since then, the maison has continued to innovate in this area, releasing watches that have taken on the aspect of horological lore: The aaa quality copy Patek Philippe reference 2499, for example, is considered by many collectors to be one of the finest, most beautiful references ever designed.

The 5271, meanwhile, is a contemporary extension of the 1518’s legacy. Housed in a 41mm platinum case, it measures just 12.7mm tall despite its incredibly complicated Caliber CH 29‑535 PS Q movement. Its lacquered blue with black-gradient rim, which features attractive white gold applied hour markers, provides a wealth of information to the wearer: In addition to the time, there’s a dual-register chronograph with a 30-minute counter; day and month windows; a moon phase display combined with a date indicator; a leap year indicator; and a day/night indicator. If wound daily, the watch will remain accurate until February 28, 2100, at which point it will require manual correction to account for a secular year that omits that month’s 29th day.

The standout feature of the Swiss made fake Patek Philippe ref. 5271/11P, however, is actually in the case itself: Set within its bezel and lugs—and within the fold-over clasp of its black, hand-stitched alligator leather strap—is a total of 80 baguette-cut sapphires totaling 5.16 carats. (The super clone watch is also available with rubies or diamonds in place of the sapphires.) Striking and unique, the addition of precious stones takes the price of such a watch into the stratosphere, where it retails for (an oddly specific) $351,150.

Believe it or not, there are actually even more complicated watches than this in Jay-Z’s collection: The aaa quality replica Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G contains so many complications that it requires two dials in order to display them all. That being said, the 5271—as an elegant evolution of a watch that debuted, unbelievably, during the throes of a world war—is arguably the more compelling of the two. (To be fair, both are fun super clone watches for sale to see worn casually in the wild, rather than kept behind glass like museum pieces, as their complication and price might otherwise warrant.)

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