Watch Spotting: Checks Out The Oscars – And Finds Some Surprisingly On-Point Watches
Best Time-Only Watch
Michael Fassbender: Chopard L.U.C. XPS
Michael Fassbender was nominated for Best Actor for his leading part in the film Steve Jobs. Jobs was arguably the most influential technologist of his generation, however his own taste in watches (other than the Apple Watch) seems to have been pretty austere ( see our coverage of a Seiko he actually wore for perhaps the most famous images at any point made of the Apple originator ). Fassbender’s timepiece at the Oscars was determinedly more traditional: a Chopard L.U.C. XPS. Chopard’s LUC watches are among the finest on the planet however they’ve struggled to locate the same sort of visibility delighted in by Lange, Patek, or other makers traditionally considered as at the top of the horological natural pecking order, and we keep thinking about whether this isn’t a sign that Chopard, in 2016, is ready to ensure that situation changes.
Best Date Complication
Liev Schreiber: Tiffany CT60 Calendar 40 MM
For the most important evening of the year, a date complication seems like a great pick from Mr. Liev Schreiber. While Schreiber was not straightforwardly nominated, he attended the Awards ceremony as one of the supporting actors of Spotlight, alongside co-starts Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo (who also wore an impressive watch – see beneath). Spotlight got great reviews (the New York Times’ A. O. Scott called it “a gripping criminal investigator story and superlative newsroom drama,”) and this slightly old-school timepiece from Tiffany has just a sufficient fedora-with-a-press-pass vibe to seem like a great fit for the film and the character. Relaunched this time last year, Tiffany is at present getting a charge out of a renaissance, thanks largely to the vintage-inspired CT60 assortment. Mr. Schreiber’s pick, the CT60 Calendar 40 MM, is inspired by this Tiffany watch made for and worn by former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt .
Best Long Power Reserve Timepiece
Dev Patel: IWC Portugieser Automatic (Stainless Steel With White Dial)
This is a major, strong, yet classically designed timepiece and a great pick for Dev Patel. The British actor, 25, was alongside compatriot Daisy Ridley to present the award for best documentary. An extremely close companion of IWC, Patel has been spotted with his IWC Portugieser Automatic on several occasions – most as of late at the IWC gala, which takes place each year at SIHH. Not a matchup with any particular film or character this year, yet a solid and entirely visible decision from a brand that prides itself on its association with cinema (and an exceptionally practical decision as well, as this 42.3 mm watch is instantly recognizable).
Best Ultra-Thin Watch
Steve Carrell: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
A perpetual calendar on February 28, 2016 (a leap year)? Very much played, Mr. Carrell! The stunt with this complication is to discover one that fits under the sleeve – (although Mr. Carell – a co-presenter for the Oscar for best production design – is clearly giving a valiant effort to keep the focus on his – a move that will have enchanted JLC I’m sure). A superb example of the brand’s commitment towards more affordable complications, the stainless-steel Master Ultra Thin Perpetual looks like a watch for flexible investments managers – Carrell plays one in The Big Short – minus the price tag. This is what Ben thought about the watch when he went hands-on with it .
Mark Ruffalo: Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire
Another leap year? Is Hollywood #watchnerd central? While Mark Ruffalo does not have an official relationship with Montblanc – the brand has always been clear about that – he’s been seen wearing their timepieces during film festivals and on other occasions. Positioned at a more exorbitant cost point on the QP spectrum, the Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire is a more expensive proposition compared to Mr. Carrell’s JLC. At $22,900 this is a Montblanc that no journalist from the Boston Globe, anyway influential in his reporting, could probably purchase. Presented last year at Watches & Wonders, this elegant in-house perpetual calendar is exactly the type of watch you’d want to be caught wearing on the red carpet.
Best Diamond Watch
Jared Leto: Bulgari Octo Finissimo With Diamond Bezel
What does a carnation-wearing man have on the wrist? A diamond bezel watch! That’s, correct, Mr. Leto makes the Bulgari Octo Finissimo look great – although not exactly enough to distract us from Margot Robbie (his co-star in the upcoming Suicide Squad film). Another ultra-flimsy watch, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo features a glossy black lacquer dial that matches the actor’s somber look. It’s unquestionably not a Joker watch, at least not a Joker post-whatever-transformed him-into-the-Joker watch. Late incarnations of the Clown Prince of Crime have unquestionably been more grit than glam, however in the comic books, at least, the Joker was actually somewhat of a dandy, at least back in his early days. So maybe the watch is on point for a pre-sociopath Joker. In that case, however, one has to ask, was there no Octo Finissimo Tourbillon available?
Best Vintage Watch
Ryan Seacrest: Rolex Daytona Reference 6263 “Major Red”
Now this is a special watch – because it’s a vintage watch (which we’re absolutely sure nobody asked Mr. Seacrest to wear) and because it’s a Rolex Daytona Reference 6263. At the point when you have one of those, there is no reason to wear another to-the-market watch that needs a smidgen of added exposure. Mr. Seacrest, we salute you! We love this one for the obvious reason: it’s indisputably an example of a watch that couldn’t possibly be worn at the behest of a brand, and because Ryan Seacrest obviously understood what he was wearing. For a ton more information on vintage Daytonas, look at our Reference Points, here.
Best Watch On An Oscar Presenter
Michael B. Jordan: Piaget Altiplano 40 MM Chronograph In White Gold
The Altiplano Chronograph is the thinnest chronograph as of now in production – and brother of the thinnest watch on the market . In its pursuit of all things extra-flimsy, Piaget have had the option to squeeze its chronograph movement – a complication that traditionally requires a considerable amount of space – into a 8.24 mm case; which is extremely flat for this complication (it’s a GMT watch as well). It’s supremely elegant decision from Michael B. Jordan, who graciously presented a brilliant statuette despite his controversial snubbing at this year’s Academy Awards despite his lead part in the Rocky sequel, Creed.
Best Watch On An Oscar Winner
Tom McCarthy: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
We’re all pulling for our favorites on the enormous evening, and perhaps no place else are eyes fixed closer to the watches on the TV screen than in Switzerland. With so many watches on the wrists of Oscar-nominated talent, there’s a decent chance one of them will be seen by the 34 million individual viewers tuned in. However, for that to happen, the watch needs to be up in front of an audience. Fortunate for JLC, that’s exactly what happened to the Geophysic True Second , a relatively new section and a companion of Tom McCarthy on the biggest evening of this career. McCarthy and individual screenwriter Josh Singer both won for their creation of the script for Spotlight. It’s a watch the foregrounds both great design and great precision – a staggering decision to pair with the craft of composing, where exactness and creativity go hand in hand.
Best Watch On A Past Oscar Winner
Eddie Redmayne: Omega Globemaster
Two known quantities. One is a supremely talent actor (and a champ at the Academy Awards in 2015, where he took Best Actor for his job as Professor Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything). The other, a watch containing the most rigorously tested mechanical movement – a chronometer guaranteed by COSC and by another eight-stage testing program developed by OMEGA specifically for this watch. The vintage-inspired Omega Globemaster – more on this very remarkable watch here .
An earlier version of this story mistakenly distinguished the watch worn by Mr. Dev Patel as a chronograph. It is, of course, not a chronograph wristwatch, but instead, the Portuguese Automatic from IWC. HODINKEE regrets the blunder like you wouldn’t accept. Also, the vintage Daytona worn by Mr. Seacrest was mistakenly distinguished as a kind of perspective 6239. It is, in fact, a reference 6263.
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