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Jay-Z puts his name on pricey watch

April 20, 2005 at 12:06 PM

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Rapper Jay-Z has put his name on a nearly $70,000, eight-sided timepiece made by exclusive French watchmaker Audemars Piguet.

The handcrafted timepiece, which was introduced in New York, comes with an engraved Apple iPod into which Jay-Z's albums already are loaded, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

"Hip hop is an aspiration," said Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter. "I wanted a classy watch."

The rap star, now president and chief executive officer of Def Jam Recordings, has a personal fortune near $300 million.

Only 100 watches bearing the name Royal Oak Offshore Jay-Z 10th Anniversary Limited Edition will be made.

The timepieces, powered by kinetic wrist movements, come in three versions: stainless steel for $23,500, rose gold for $43,900 and platinum for $69,500.

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