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Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has, for a long time, been an unabashed Patek Philippe advocate. Just earlier this year, he attended an event at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas wearing a rose gold Patek Philippe Nautilus that retails for about $160,000 (also a known favorite of celebrities like Drake). Even before then, he was spotted at the Superbowl LIII sporting a $100,000 Calatrava Skeleton. But now, he’s really upped the ante with the unboxing of his new Patek Philippe Ref 5905 Annual Calendar Chronograph and matching cufflinks—with an Irish twist, of course.
Created for the Irish jeweler Weir & Sons (based in Dublin and an official retailer for Patek Philippe) in celebration of their 150th Anniversary, the platinum piece boasts an emerald green dial and a dark green alligator strap. A limited edition of only 25 pieces, the 12th piece was purchased by McGregor—and by no coincidence. Writing “I’m number 12, certified,” McGregor seems to artfully take the opportunity to promote his Proper Twelve whisky brand.
Of the purchase, which McGregor has affectionately named “The Hulk,” he says that the brand will “never utilize this color scheme again, such was the difficulty in leveling it out all through the dial...25 of these only made and all specifically for Ireland’s Weir and Sons jewelers. Due to their long standing partnership with Patek Philippe, but more so their great year of sales for the brand. In other words… my purchases lol.”
And he might not be wrong. This timepiece alone cost him nearly $100,000—in a time when the economy, not necessarily McGregor’s mantle, could use it most. And surely, on top of it all, it carries a little bit of Irish luck. (Not that McGregor needs it!)
To buy: weirandsons.ie