Trend Watch: The Oscars & Luxury Watches

March is here, which means that Hollywood is gearing up for the biggest and most glamorous night in the industry—the Oscars! Slated to take place this Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel will host the Academy Awards for his second consecutive year.

Before we tune into the 90th edition of the Academy Awards, we take a look back at the watches that made an appearance in this year’s Oscar-nominated films or on the wrists of Oscar-nominees. Have a walk down our red carpet.

 

Daniel Kaluuya and IWC

Nominated in the Best Actor category for his work in the film Get Out, British actor Daniel Kaluuya has had a busy award season leading up to the Oscars—not to mention all the attention he’s currently receiving his role in the blockbuster Marvel movie, Black Panther. He just recently nabbed the BAFTA Rising Star Award, which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry, voted on by the public.

Daniel Kaluuya wears an IWC Portofino Chronograph. To get a similar look, here’s a IWC GST Chronograph.
On the red carpet at the BAFTA awards, the 29-year-old Daniel Kaluuya was spotted wearing an elegant IWC Portofino Chronograph to match his dapper Burberry suit. Rather than opting to wear the chronograph on a more traditional leather strap, Daniel Kaluuya chose to wear his IWC on a striking steel Milanese bracelet, which suits him perfectly.

 

Meryl Streep and Cartier

It wouldn’t be an Oscars night without Meryl Streep up for yet another Best Actress award! This time, the prolific actress is nominated for her portrayal of Katharine Graham in The Post. In the movie, we see the Kay Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper don a yellow gold Cartier watch.

In The Post, Meryl Streep’s character wears a yellow gold Cartier with a Panthere bracelet
What’s interesting about this particular yellow gold square woman’s Cartier watch is that it’s equipped with the famous brick-lay Panthere bracelet. Yet, the Panthere watch only came out in the 1980s while the movie is set in the 1970s.

 

Molly’s Game and Piaget

Nominated for an award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom’s underground poker empire for celebs, wealthy athletes, and business magnates and her eventual downfall at the hands of the FBI.

Jessica Chastain’s character in Molly’s Game wear a rose gold Piaget watch. Get a similar look with this piece.
Jessica Chastain plays Molly in the movie and in real life the actress has served as a Piaget ambassador for years. Perhaps Jessica Chastain’s partnership with Piaget carried over into the movie since Molly wears a rose gold Piaget Traditional watch with a diamond bezel and diamond indexes, along with matching Piaget bracelets on screen.

 

Dunkirk and Omega

One of the most compelling movies of the year and rightly nominated for a Best Movie Oscar, Dunkirk recounts the harrowing evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II. In the movie, Tom Hardy stars as Farrier, an RAF fighter pilot providing aerial support during the military operation. When Farrier’s plane fuel gauge breaks, the pilot has to rely on his wristwatch to keep track of how much time he has until he runs out of fuel. The watch is, in fact, an Omega CK2129—the same model the Swiss watch company supplied to the RAF during the war.

Off the camera, Tom Hardy often wears an Omega Planet Ocean
Off camera, Tom Hardy is often photographed with an Omega Planet Ocean, Rolex Submariner, or Rolex Explorer II Polar” on his wrist.

 

While we’re excited to see who will win Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards, as watch enthusiasts, we’ll also be keeping a close eye on the red carpet to spot what kind of watches all the A-list celebrities, mega movie stars, and Hollywood personalities will be wearing.

Don’t Miss These Five Popular Luxury Chronographs

When looking at the abundance of luxury sports watches available in the market, one type stands out as the most prevalent and popular: the chronograph. More than just a time keeping instrument, the chronograph also records time. During its heyday, the chronograph was important to a variety of fields including sports, aviation, and military. While today, time recording is typically relegated to computers, this hasn’t stopped the popularity of luxury chronographs. Whether or not the chronograph function is used is of no consequence since it’s the aesthetics of a chrono that is particularly appealing for today’s consumer. Let’s review five highly popular luxury chronographs.

 

The Omega Speedmaster

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Omega Speedmaster Professional

Making its debut in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most famous luxury chronographs on earth and beyond—literally. As the first watch to reach the moon on the historic lunar landing of 1969, the Omega Speedmaster quickly gained its celebrated nickname, the “Moonwatch.”

Staying close to the original NASA approved timepiece, modern Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch models sport the iconic black dial, black bezel with the tachymetric scale, stainless steel case. Plus, they run on manual-wound calibers.

However, as Omega’s signature chronograph collection, there’s a slew of other Speedmaster models too. With a variety of sizes, materials, and movements, there are plenty of Omega Speedmaster chronograph watches to choose from.

 

The Rolex Daytona

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Rolex Daytona

While Rolex had already manufactured chronographs prior to the 1960s, it was in 1963 that the Swiss watchmaking giant unveiled the Cosmograph. Later known as the Comosgraph Daytona, or simply, Daytona, this is arguably one of the most coveted luxury chronographs to own.

Prior to 1988, Rolex Daytona watches were manual-wound. In 1988 however, Rolex introduced the first automatic Daytona chronograph powered by a movement based on the famed Zenith El-Primero movement. Finally, in 2000, the company revamped the Daytona to include their own in-house movement—the Caliber 4130, which still powers the Rolex chronograph today.

In terms of style, the Daytona is instantly recognizable thanks to its 40mm case, tachymeter engraved bezel, trio of registers on the dial, and the duo of pushers flanking the winding crown. The Rolex Daytona is available in a range of materials including gold, platinum, and steel, and the most modern versions also have ceramic bezels.

 

The Breitling Chronomat

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Breitling Chronomat

Along with Heuer and Hamilton, Breitling was part of a consortium to develop the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. In fact, long before that, Léon Breitling—the founder of Breitling—was instrumental in the development of the modern-day chronograph.

Presented in the early 1940s, the Breitling Chronomat included an integrated slide rule along with the time and chronograph functions. Since the watch allowed for complex calculations, it quickly became the go-to timepiece for mathematicians and scientists of the era.

Fast-forward to the 1980s and the Chronomat made headlines again. During what is now referred to as the “Quartz Crisis” Breitling took a bold step by reintroducing the Chronomat. But this time, it ran on an automatic mechanical movement. The bet paid off and the Chronomat has since become one of Breitling’s most popular chronographs available in a range of metals, colors, and additional functions.

 

The Breitling Navitimer

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Breitling Navitimer

A direct descendant of the Chronomat, the Breitling Navitimer came out in 1952. Taking it a step further from its predecessor, the Navitimer incorporated an enhanced slide rule bezel. By allowing pilots to compute complex navigational calculations, the Navitimer became the quintessential aviator’s chronograph.

Although the Breitling Navitimer has undergone several enhancements throughout its 65-year history, the fundamental design traits are still there. For instance, a very technical dial and a large case.

Today, the Navitimer collection is Breitling’s signature line. In addition to in-house movements, the Navitimer also offers a variety of additional functions to the chronograph. There are Navitimers with GMT, World Timer, and others functions.

 

The IWC Portuguese Chronograph

Luxury Chronographs: IWC Portuguese Chronograph

The IWC Portuguese collection did not begin as a chronograph. However, the chronograph version became the company’s most successful watch ever produced since its introduction in the 1990s.

The inaugural Portuguese dates back to the 1930s. Two businessmen from Portugal commissioned large wrist watches from the International Watch Company. To this day, the look of the IWC Portuguese is very much like a pocket watch. Take note of the railway style minute track. The dials of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph watches are minimalistic and beautifully balanced while the bezels are super slim.

Always presented on a leather band, both steel and gold IWC Portuguese Chronograph watches lean more towards a dress timepiece than a sports watch.

 

The chronograph has always been a very popular luxury watch choice. As a result, every fine watchmaker includes several versions in their collections. And that’s great for the consumer because that means plenty of styles, sizes, materials, and price points to choose from.