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To mark Cardi B’s 29th birthday today, we look back over some of the most iconic timepieces in the rapper’s collection, from the coveted Audemars Piguet to a hallmark favorite: the Patek Philippe Nautilus. 

Cardi B doesn’t do things by halves. One scroll through her Instagram and you’ll find that even a walk to her local store for groceries, she’s iced in jewels all the way up her wrist. But even then, she’s still a “regular degular schmegular girl from the Bronx.” 

Before Cardi B began making money moves and earned the internationally acclaimed success she harbors today, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known better by her moniker – shortened from her childhood nickname Bacardi – made her way onto the public radar for her career as a stripper on social media, and In 2014, while working as a stripper, she launched a grassroots campaign for her personality on Instagram and Vine. Fast forward to the future and she’s now one of the most recognised female rappers of all time, with a series of firsts under her designer belt, regarded as the female rapper with the most Billboard Hot 100 number one singles. Renowned for her energetic spirit, she’s brought “okuuuuuuurt” into the mainstream parlance, and urged society into sexual liberation with the release of ‘WAP’ which really ruffled some feathers for its forthright approach to tackling sexual taboos. 

Cardi B hasn’t just sent seismic shockwaves into the music industry for her candidness and humor; she’s monopolised the fashion world too, from the early days of her first single, ‘Bodak Yellow’ and the infamous line referencing Christian Louboutin’s red-bottomed soles: “These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes” to becoming the first female rapper in the US to appear on the cover of Vogue in 2018, and becoming the face of Balenciaga‘s ad campaign for the winter 2020 season. But Cartier B as she likes to call herself is leading the foray for women who like to wear watches, and haute ones at that. To mark the female powerhouse’s 29th birthday, we look back over the evolution of Cardi’s horological choices, from Patek Philippe to Audemars Piguet. Lest we forget the Rollie reference in her seminal first hit:  On G-Eazy’s 2017 Top 5 hit “No Limit,” Cardi B raps, “Fuck the Rollie! Patek face.” Cardi B’s outlook on life is staying humble, but remaining hungry, and if there’s anything her watch collection tells us, it’s that: “being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man.”

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK
Courtesy of @imcardib Instagram

Less is more, but more is always more when it comes to icing out a watch. Donning a 41mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, the Bronx star sports an 18k white gold display with baguette-cut diamonds. Proving that diamonds still are, and will remain, a girl’s best friend, sticklers for tradition might say otherwise, with the watch bejewelled on every possible centimeter. 

But it clearly runs in the family. Pay attention to Kulture – Cardi and Offset’s daughter – and her own impressive roster of watches and that Richard Mille that sent the internet into a big old chorus. 

Price tag: $105,000.00 USD

PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS

In a showdown of the super-rare, Cardi B claims her spot on the podium with a diamond encrusted Patek Philippe Nautilus. Regarded as one of the most distinctive and sought-after wristwatches in the world, the rounded octagonal shape of the bezel and the horizontally embossed dial, has stood the test of time – and popularity – since its launch in 1976. Designed by the Godfather of the watch world, Gerald Genta, who also created the Royal Oak Cardi B sports, the Nautilus has epitomised a new terrain of sportwatches that exude both elegance and boldness – apt for its wearer Cardi B. 

Price tag: $100,000.00 USD

PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS CHRONOGRAPH
Courtesy of @imcardib Instagram

Owning not one, but two Patek models, the next iteration in Cardi B’s collection is the Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph (ref. 5980/1A-019). Featuring the Caliber CH 28-520 C mechanical automatic movement; the 40mm model in stainless steel with an 18k white gold bezel, with white round baguette diamonds. 

This Nautilus 5980 features an unusual chronograph complication that displays both minutes and hours on a single “monocounter” at 6 o’clock, dubbed as the ‘flyback chronograph’ released back in 2012 and discontinued in 2014. 

Price: $75,000.00 USD

PATEK PHILIPPE WORLD TIME

And just when you thought it stopped there, Cardi B adds one more Patek to her illustrious collection. This time the World Time model, fitting for the well-travelled musician. The established classic displays the hour and minute in coordination with an outer ring, documenting the time in 24  destinations across the globe. 

A pusher, or button, on the case enables the wearer to move the chapter ring one city at a time. The hour hand automatically jumps an hour ahead or behind to the time in the reference city. In a perfect merge of humble and hungry, the New York skyscraper is engraved into the dial, paying homage to the rapper’s routes, proving that no matter how many watches she’ll own one day, she’ll never forget where she came from. 

 

 

 

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Scarlett is a writer, editor, and creative consultant specializing in art, fashion, culture and digital strategy. Drawing on her work from previous titles including Dazed, LOVE Magazine, The Perfect Magazine, AnOther and 1 Granary, as the Editor-in-Chief of The Next Hour, Scarlett is leading the editorial vision toward new territories providing an alternative lens of social commentary to recontextualize the world of watchmaking for the next generation.