Famous watch collectors: Kevin Hart
From Daytonas to Pateks, the actor and comedian knows how to spend his millions.Meryl D'Souza July 5, 2016
If you follow Kevin Hart on Instagram, you’ll be accustomed to seeing him sporting hulking Richard Mille timepieces in between a plethora of Rolexes and Patek Philippes with the hashtag #TimeIsPriceless and #WatchGameIsDisgusting.
The stand-up comic-turned-actor has been on a roll in recent years with a slew of tours and movies. He’s done all of it without looking back or giving a damn about someone’s opinion. "I don't think I've had one good review yet," he said in an interview, and yet his movies gross upwards of $100 million worldwide. When you’re Kevin Hart, even a critically bad movie is an accomplishment.
Every timepiece Hart has is a mark of an accomplishment. It’s his way of giving himself a pat on the back. His rewards usually take the form of either watches or cars.
The comedian’s love for luxury watches started with a Rolex Submariner and over time took the form of a Daytona – which is one of his favourite watches to date – because “it’s such a hard watch to get”.
Unlike a plethora of celebrities who go for the most expensive watch or one with the most amount of bling, Hart’s taste is more attuned to watch connoisseurs – though he admittedly isn’t at that level yet – around the world. He understands the effort watchmakers put into making something so unique.
Of course he would. Kevin hart has spent a lot of time working on his image and persona. Chiselling it into shape to make it different from the masses. “Lil’ Kev” from Philadelphia made a career out of being unique. He’s the first comedian to use pyrotechnics in a show.
Don’t mistake Hart’s affection for watches as a superfluous hobby that’s triggered by wanting just about any new shiny watch that hits the market. This is a comedian who rolls with stars like Jay-Z, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony; all watch aficionados in their own right. Much of Kevin’s watch education stems from them.
For Kevin Hart, watches are not simply part of a collection, they’re an investment. He prefers watches by Rolex, Richard Mille, Patek Phillipe and Audemars Piguet; all watches that will hold their value over time.