José lvaro Osorio Balvn, known colloquially as J Balvin, is a Medellin-born Colombian reggaetón musician. He has been dubbed the “Prince of Reggaetón” and is among the chart-topping Latin recording artists, having sold over 35 million copies worldwide. In 2017, he was named a celebrity ambassador for Swiss watch company TAG Heuer, joining the ranks of other watch enthusiasts such as pop group One Republic and producers and DJs Martin Garrix and David Guetta. With a net worth of $16 million as of 2021, it’s not a surprise if Balvin donned luxurious items, particularly watches aside from the TAG Heuer. Featured in this article are some watches he sported and owns which are just so jaw-dropping in elegance and prices.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon
The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon ref CAR5A8Y.FC6377 is the model he dressed for the declaration of his TAG Heuer collaboration in February 2017. He is the first Latino artist selected to exemplify the brand, and he is aware of this. He was appreciative because, for him, music is art, and so is creating watches.
At 6 o’clock, the breathtaking creation includes an amazingly lightweight flying tourbillon. The chronograph bridges, open-worked rotor and bridges, and column wheel are all finished in a stunning black. The case has a fine brushed ceramic bezel, 45 mm in diameter with water-resistant to 100 meters attached to a strap of matte black alligator leather stitched onto black rubber elongated lugs.
Hublot Big Bang
As he stated in Billboard, watches are all about status, showing how you want to look or how you want people to think about you, and it conveys something like his hair. Like his legendary ‘do, which has shifted from a brunette short haircut to a multicolored bowl-cut and anything in between over the journey of his recording career, the musician rejects committing to only one appearance. Balvin purchased a brawny Hublot, which varies in price from $5,500 to millions of dollars. Once he had merited enough dough. The reference of this was when in 2012, Beyonce gifted Jay-Z a diamond-encrusted “Big Bang” for his 43rd birthday worth $5 million.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Balvin’s watch collection includes mainly items from the over 150-year-old Swiss watchmaker, Patek Philippe. He was also spotted wearing a two-tone Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1AR-001 chronograph with gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating, and a blue dial worth $67,000 USD in retail.
Since 1976, the Nautilus has embodied the graceful sports watch with its rounded octagonal bezel, horizontally embossed dial, and ingenious porthole construction. It now has a magnificent collection of traditional male and female models after forty years. In steel, white gold, rose gold, or two-tone combos, they add unrivaled class to the most physical activity. The 5980/1AR is powered by Caliber CH 28520 C and is supported by a mechanical self-winding movement with date.
In addition, he owns a total factory diamond set silver dial Patek Philippe 5719/10G-010 with a total of 1,343 diamonds worth USD 453,600.00 in retail.
Richard Mille ‘Red Dragon Jackie Chan’
Another item on his collection is the accurate and modern styles from the highly specialized Richard Mille. He once posted on Instagram that he was sporting a very unusual 43 mm Richard Mille RM 057 ‘Red Dragon Jackie Chan’ Tourbillon in 18k rose gold, with a hand-painted and hand-engraved red dragon on the dial. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a mythical beast with strong symbolic significance, and Chan’s name refers to the one who will be a dragon. The watch was confined only to 15 pieces and cost USD 750,000.00.
Richard Mille’s watch also has a memorable story in his life, which he shared in Hot Ones. It was when he went to a place and a man gave him an RM watch for free. He does not want to accept it at first because he does not want to do him any favors, but he was told that if he does not accept it, he will be unable to leave the country, which was not disclosed in the interview, along with the man. Out of self-preservation and knowing that those words were not a joke, he relented and embraced the prized watch, leaving the encounter with a good vibe.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Among his other favorites are the AP watches. He was sporting a 37 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance “Rainbow” in one of his photos which is made of 18k white gold and has a “rainbow” bezel set with colored sapphires. This is the most unusual version of the original Royal Oak, and it was clearly created for ladies, but is mostly fitted by men. The one he’s wearing costs USD 155,000.00 in retail.
Rolex Yacht-Master “Rainbow”
His obsession with rainbows extends beyond Audemars Piguet’s timepieces. He also bought a 40 mm Rolex Yacht-Master “Rainbow” with an 18k rose gold case and a bezel set with tsavorite, sapphire, and diamonds worth USD 100,000.00+. The Rolex Yacht-Master is a Rolex sports watch that was first initiated in 1992 with the model 16628 in 18-carat yellow gold. Rolex introduced a mid-size man’s model (68628) and a lady’s model (69628) in 1994, marking the first time the company had obtained a smaller expert size watch. As of the year 2020, the Rolex Yacht-Master is offered in 37 mm, 40 mm, and 42 mm case sizes. All Rolex Yacht-master models have a water resistance rating of 100 meters.
GUESS J Balvin Clear
Finally, the GUESS J Balvin watch has a translucent barrel case and translucent strap, as well as gear specifics on the dial. This bold aesthetic is complemented by vivid colors on the multi-function dial, which conveys the power of Balvin’s sound and style.
In A Nutshell
J Balvin, like many others in the watch society, contends that keeping a watch’s original concept is important—for both aesthetic and secondhand worth, as he isn’t into buss-down watches. J Balvin is engrossed in watch heritage to have a regimented mindset when it comes to timepieces. Rather than simply purchasing the branded products, he appears to have taken the strategies to properly comprehend the item, community, and industry.