Has John Mayer been teaching Shawn Mendes about replica watches?
Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, most famous for his hit song “Senorita”, seems to be developing a keen eye for fine wrist candy. Last year we spotted Mendes with a rather tasty Rolex Datejust set on the brand’s trademark gold and silver jubilee bracelet and inky blue dial, when stepping out with his girlfriend. What’s interesting is that Mendes is often seen wearing it dressed casually in jeans and a sweatshirt. The Datejust also happens to be Patrick Bateman’s favourite watch, which is mentioned 26 times in American Psycho. By wearing it in a casual context, Mendes shows that you don’t need to be a swaggering Wall Street tycoon in order to look good in a classic Rolex. Indeed, a Datejust is the perfect way to start a collection of fine watches.
What’s even more interesting is his friendship with the highly influential collector, John Mayer, the singer-songwriter who is almost as famous for his watch collection as he is his music. Mayer has been known to advise Drake on watch purchases and it looks like he may have done the same for Mendes. Mayer hosts an IGTV show called Current Mood in which he goofs around with other celebrities and can often be seen wearing something special from his outstanding collection. In the episode in which Mendes joins him, his friend can be seen wearing a stainless steel case fake Audemars Piguet Royal Royal Oak. Designed by Gerald Genta, this grail watch has been spotted on pretty much every well-dressed male celebrity of the past 10 years or so, and comes in many iterations from insanely blinged out (checkout Travis Scott’s jewel encrusted, skeletonised version), to Mendes’ elegant gun metal grey version.
This is the original design that Genta first presented to Audemars Piguet replica in 1970. Having it in steel, sans jewels and skeleton, is in many ways, the most pure way to enjoy a Royal Oak. After all, its genius lies in the fact that Genta managed to alchemise a utilitarian material such as steel and somehow made it more desirable than gold. Key to this was the clever way in which the links of the bracelet were polished so that the light bounces and shimmers off it in such a magical way that it seems as though you could be wearing diamonds, rather than plain old steel. Again, Mendes wears Audemars Piguet copy with blue dial this in a typically low key, casual way, often in jeans and T-shirt on stage, with a guitar slung around his neck. Which goes to show, that however your dress, when it comes to building your watch collection, the classics never go out of style.