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Ed Sheeran’s latest watch will set you back less than £100

The singer once again tops our best celeb watch spots of the week list
Ed Sheerans latest watch will set you back less than 100
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When he’s not showing off his customised Patek Philippe Nautilus or one-of-one Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks, Ed Sheeran is a real man of the people. Sheeran’s taste for watches is as extreme in the lows as it is in the highs. He’s been known to wear Omega and Swatch’s $260 MoonSwatch and supported John Mayer’s similarly affordable collaboration with G-Shock and Hodinkee. Now, the musician was seen wearing a version of the extremely buyable G-Shock DW-6900 (available for less than £100).

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The G-Shock DW-6900 is probably the most recognisable model in the G-Shock family. This version of the watch was beloved by celebrities like Pharrell, Usher, and the man formerly known as Kanye West in the 2000s. The 6900 is also the watch collaborators have lined up to work on for decades. The list of names that have appeared after the phrase “G-Shock x” includes Supreme, Kid Cudi, BapeMayerStussyBamford, and Wu-Tang Clan.

Naturally, Sheeran isn’t wearing your standard DW-6900 either. The watch looks like it could be from the Supreme collaboration or even this FIFA World Cup edition, but neither are an exact match. In typical Sheeran fashion, this version of the G-Shock appears to be another one-off in the singer’s collection. This bright yellow piece is a worthy addition to his stellar lineup: the dial has a slightly peachy tint and the strap is customised with artwork.

Ed Sheeran is someone who seems to absolutely love and respect the history of watches and how it connects to pop culture. He buys up the buzziest collaborations, wore a special-edition James Bond watch for a 007-themed episode of a talk show, and clearly appreciates the G-Shock’s rightful place as a pillar of watch history. Best of all, at a retail price of under 100 quid, this is a cue from Sheeran we can all follow.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Few brands are doing cooler work with ceramic cases than AP. The brand uses the super-tough, unscratchable material to turn out monochrome watches in Smurf-y blue and fresh-snow white. This time Ibrahimovic (another MoonSwatch man) rocks an original: an all-black take on the Royal Oak. Hashtag funereal vibes for the soccer star’s recent retirement announcement.

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Kevin Hart’s Patek Philippe 5961R

Patek Philippe wasn’t going to sit back and let everyone else have all the fun with dazzling gem-set chronograph watches. This watch exemplifies the Patek way of getting in on the trend – there’s no rainbow of sapphires here. What you will find is a more understated beauty: a rose-gold case and black dial with a ring of 36 baguette diamonds on the bezel. Kevin Hart certainly knows how to pick 'em.

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Dwyane Wade’s Cartier Tank Must

NBA great Wade’s Cartier provides an important lesson, ladies and gentlemen: never overlook the strap. After dropping a few grand on your grail watch, it’s just as important to consider how you’re going to get that thing to stick on the wrist. Wade’s Tank, with diamonds trickling down the side of the case, is a classic – but it’s that baby blue strap he paired it with that I simply can’t get enough of.

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Jimmy Butler’s Jacob & Co. Epic X

Though Miami Heat are currently 3-1 down in the NBA finals, in star player Butler they seem to have someone who shares an appreciation for all things from the 2000s: he unabashedly loves Nickelback and wants to play the in-the-mud basketball that won the Detroit Pistons a championship in ‘04. His watch is a throwback to that era, too. Jacob the Jeweller is an aughts icon, outfitting virtually every celebrity from that decade with his gaudy watches – hello the likes of Conor McGregor. Butler’s Epic X is made for showing off, with a  tourbillon at the centre of the rose-gold case.