Our watchspotting column aims to look at which wristwatches the celebrities and famous people around the world are wearing. Watches tell a lot about a person and on many occasions and usually we don’t notice these small details but it’s sometimes interesting and fun to see their watch choice in public.
The Oscars. The one time a year even when we get to see all the stars together, all donning the latest fashion creations and of course watches and jewellery. For many it’s a great opportunity to see their famous Hollywood stars in all their glamour. For Geneva Stripes it’s a chance to see what watches some of the world’s most recognised faces wear at the single most public event of the year.
Of course it’s also a huge marketing opportunity for watch brands to gain massive exposure in magazines, social media and television. Do the stars really know how to match a watch with their outfit? And how much would these watches be if you were to buy one today?
Eddie Redmayne presented an Oscar award and was up for nomination for Best Leading Actor for his transgender portrayal of The Danish Girl. He has been seen with a Patek Philippe before, but this time he went for the Omega Globemaster. The piece is perfect for the evening with black leather strap, clean dial and fluted bezel to catch the light.
Michael B Jordan
Despite playing a boxer in the movie Creed, Michael B Jordan attended the Oscars wearing the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph. This watch shows a big contrast between him and his character inthe movie. It is sheer class and hides underneath a cuff effortlessly. Subtle, discreet and clean – it’s everything you want in a dress watch.
Piaget Altiplano Chronograph
This year Liev Schreiber attended the Oscars along side his co-actors Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton having been cast in Spotlight. Not looking to draw undue attention to himself, his choice for the evening was a Tiffany CT60 Calendar watch. This design hints at vintage which we feel gives a great fit for actor and the film.
Tiffany CT60 Chronograph
Dev Patel shot to fame with his portrayal of a poor Indian worker in the filmSlumdog Millionaire, and although he didn’t win on the Oscar front, he certainly has a watch piece to be taken seriously. His piece is the IWC Portuguese 7-Day Automatic. It’s a classic piece that is accomplished only matched the confidence it displays and matches.
IWC Portugieser 7 Day Automatic
Up for nomination for his performance in the movie The Martian, Matt Damon’s choice for Oscars evening is definitely the biggest talking point. He chose to wear the Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication. This watch is so special because it displays a miniature representation of the universe where you can see, Earth, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars all revolving around the Sun.
Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication
That’s not all – The movement of each planet is exactly true to its length of orbit in reality. This means the bead that represents Saturn will take over 29 years to complete a circuit on the dial, Jupiter 12 years, Mars 687 days, Venus 224 days, Mercury 88 days and of course Earth 365 day – all in a mechanical watch. This is why we love watches.
Jared Leto’s suit divided opinion amongst the fashionistas and so has his watch. He chose the Bulgari Octo Finissimo and whilst we admire the looks of the piece wth its octagonal bezel and black clean dial, diamond bezels are an extravagance too far. Just like his suit – it’s just a little too much on the attention seeking side.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo
Ryan Seacrest wore a vintage Rolex Daytona, ref. 6263. The tailored short cuff allows the watch to sit proudly and extremely visible. We can’t argue with the vintage watch but the Oscar’s is a black tie event and a dress watch is strictly the only way to go. That means leather strap, clean, uncluttered dial which can hide subtle underneath the cuff. Not only is he showing the watch off deliberately but the Daytona is a tool sports watch. Although the 6263 is without one of those special pieces in the horological world – the Oscars is probably the only event that it may not be suitable for and perhaps a step too far.
Tom Hardy has been a very busy man the last couple of years and his performances in Inception, Warrior, Legend and The Revenant can only mean that an Oscar will be his sooner rather than later. Labelled the actor of his generation Tom Hardy has gone the ostentatious route with the Bulgari Chronograph watch in pink gold. Considering his whole outfit, the watch is a good choice – giving a bold statement of confidence which is – exactly what Tom Hardy exudes.
We salute Steve Carrell for his decision to wear the Jaeger Le Coultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual. To wear a perpetual calendar on February 29th 2016 – a leap year. This choice clearly shows some thought has gone into his selection. Not only has he realised the Oscars this year falls on the leap year and on the 28th – it has also found one which is thin enough to able to be slipped underneath the cuff, hidden away – pure gentleman class.
Jaeger Le Coultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
Nominated for Best Leading Actor for portraying Steve Jobs, Michael Fassbender narrowly lost out to deserved winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Michael Fassbender clearly knows the rules of black tie and has the perfect companion on his wrist – the Chopard L.U.C. XPS and not the Seiko that Steve Jobs had, which recently sold for $42 500 USD a couple of weeks ago.
Chopard L.U.C. XPS
Known more for playing Bruce Banner in The Avengers, this time round Mark Ruffalo was cast in Spotlight – which won the Oscar for Best Movie. Also nominated for Best Male Actor in Leading role, he lost out to the Leonardo Dicaprio. His watch choice was the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire.
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire
After being nominated 6 times, Leonardo Dicaprio has finally won his deserved Oscar for his performance in The Revenant, however he wore no watch at all.
Now, you might find that unusual but actually, this really does shows Leonardo’s class. There are many schools of thoughts on the rules of black tie. One of the oldest is that when a man dresses for a black tie event, it is for an evening of entertainment and a man shouldn’t be restricted by time when he is entertaining or being entertained.
Therefore a true gentleman should have no need for a timepiece for such an occasion.