Watch Spotting Kanye West Wearing A Solid Gold Ikepod Hemipode Chronograph On The Cover Of GQ
Earlier today, our companions over at GQ dropped their May issue, highlighting as a matter of fact Kanye West on the cover. The cover story was composed by GQ editorial manager in-boss (and HODINKEE Radio visitor) Will Welch, and the photos were taken by Tyler Mitchell, presumably most popular for his images of Beyoncé that graced the cover of Vogue‘s 2018 September issue. Mitchell’s images of the craftsman/artist/perfect multi-hyphenate are striking and bizarre, with Kanye presenting hesitantly in the provincial scene of Cody, Wyoming, the little town that he’s canceled home on-and throughout the previous few years. However, looking nearer, something stood apart to me quickly: the watch on Kanye’s wrist. He’s shaking a strong gold Ikepod Hemipode chronograph, an odd, wild decision that appears, indeed, impeccably Kanye.
Kanye is a realized watch fellow, and one with different taste as well. He’s been spotted wearing everything from vintage Rolex sport watches to present day Royal Oaks to Richard Mille to things like this Ikepod. For somebody who so cautiously considers all the other things in his day to day existence, it’s most likely nothing unexpected that Kanye’s similarly as smart about what goes on his wrist.
Watches like this Ikepod don’t show up incidentally. It is anything but a watch that somebody discovered purchasing, and it’s not something you tie on without some degree of care. That is the reason I was so eager to see it here. I’m certain there are a huge load of watch marks that would have wanted to see their pieces on Kanye’s wrist on the cover of GQ, and all things being equal, he decided to wear a goliath gold-on-gold chronograph that seems as though a UFO, was planned by Marc Newson, and was delivered by a now-ancient brand (there is a cutting edge Ikepod , yet it’s an alternate outfit, remember).
The Hemipode was presented by Newson and Ikepod in 1998 and was the first of its watches that truly exemplified the brand’s one of a kind methodology. The past models, similar to the Large Pod and the Seaslug , feel somewhat more trial looking back, however with the Hemipode, Ikepod made its mark. The 44mm, circle molded case would have showed up totally huge in the last part of the ’90s, when a 40mm watch was as yet thought to be enormous. There were a couple of minor departure from the Hemipode, with and without things like a 24-hour register and additional scales around the external dial edge, and it came in both treated steel and valuable metals too. This apparent gold-on-gold colorway accentuates the watch’s size and solid look. I figure it very well may be my undisputed top choice – it’s a maximalist take on a moderate thought, and I love that strain in the design.
A gold-on-gold Ikepod Hemipode Chronograph. (Photograph: Courtesy Sotheby’s)
The watch doesn’t come up in the almost 10,000-word story, which shifts between Welch’s first-individual contemplations and Q&A areas with Kanye, compiled over a progression of meetings done in various areas over a five-week time span recently. Yet, that is more than OK. This is one of the more insightful and top to bottom investigations of a notable figure that I’ve experienced throughout the most recent couple of years, and Welch makes a mind blowing showing of adjusting his amicable image of insider-style awareness with certifiable incitement and a longing to push Kanye to discover answers that are new and revelatory.
Let me put it along these lines: I understand what I’ll be tuning in to the remainder of this week.
Check out the full story here on GQ.com. It’s certainly worth your time.