12 Perfect Watches for Hollywood's Executive Class

1:40 PM 12/10/2015

by Degen Pener

Style consultant Andrew Weitz of The Weitz Effect, whose clientele includes top Hollywood execs, advises on what to wear to the studio, for a weekend in Malibu and beyond.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY Sami Drasin; Courtesy of Tudor Geneve

During his days as a talent agent, Andrew Weitz became an expert decoder of the finer points of style among Hollywood’s exec class. Since then, he’s transitioned to become a style consultant many top names in the entertainment industry, starting his own company The Weitz Effect (@theweitzeffect). Included in the advice he gives his clients is what watches are the best timepieces to sport around town. Weitz — who was photographed by The Hollywood Reporter at Tod’s JP Club in Beverly Hills wearing his own Rolex Datejust II — reveals 12 of his favorite pieces, whether for a day at the office or a weekend in Malibu. A fan of many classic brands, he spotlights choices that combine day-in-day-out wearability and executive-level stylishness.

  • For the Office: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II

    With black dial in stainless steel with oyster bracelet; $7,150 at Rolex Boutique Geary’s, Century City, Calif., and Wempe, New York.

    Courtesy of Rolex

    “The Datejust II is so classy and clean and perfect to transition from day to night and a great looking time piece for the office. Keep it classy with a black face with stick dials and a smooth bezel.”

  • For the Office: IWC Portofino Automatic

    In rose gold with brown alligator strap. $12,000 at IWC New York, Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.

    Courtesy of IWC Schaffhausen

    “This is a great alternative to a metal bracelet. Clean and sophisticated at 40mm, this is a self-winding watch that offers a 42-hour power reserve. One of my favorites is the18-carat gold with the white face and brown leather strap. Very pretty and masculine.”

  • For an Awards Show: Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Oro Rosso

    In rose gold. $18,100 at Panerai, Beverly Hills

    Courtesy of Radiomir Panerai

    “One of my favorite watches as an evening wear timepiece. You are sure to receive compliments on this 42mm.”

  • For an Awards Show: Rolex Cellini Date

    In 18-karat Everose gold with black guilloche dial. $17,800 at at Rolex Boutique Geary’s, Century City, Calif., and Wempe, New York.

    Courtesy of Cellini/Rolex

    “With the black face and black band, this watch is just a gorgeous, chic and elegant-looking piece.”

  • For an Art Opening: Georg Jensen Grande Date Annual Calendar

    In stainless steel; $5,950, at Georg Jensen, New York or georgjensen.com

    Courtesy of Georg Jensen

    "With its minimalist mid­­century Scandinavian aesthetic, it's a great watch for out on the town, either casu­ally or dressed up a bit. Elegant at 41mm in dia­m­eter this timepiece is thin enough to fit under your cuff."

  • For an Art Opening: Zenith Elite 6150

    In stainless steel with a silver-toned dial; $7,600, at Cellini, New York and Westime, West Hollywood, Calif.

    Courtesy of Zenith

    “The Zenith Elite 6150 is a clean, smooth and beautiful canvas. At 42mm, this watch not only has an ultra slim-thin case, but is also has a 100-hour power reserve. Sweet.”

  • For Traveling: Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

    In stainless steel with gold-applied hour markers; $53,300, at Patek Philippe Boutique at Gearys, Beverly Hills and Patek Philippe Boutique at Tiffany & Co., New York

    Courtesy of Patek Philippe

    “This is one of my favorite watches on the market. It says sophistication and elegance and can be worn day or night. With its dual time zone mechanism, it’s great for business trips. Superior and superb!”

  • For Traveling: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Duel Time

    On steel bracelet, $18,600. On rubber strap, $17,800. At Vacheron Constantin, New York, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas.

    Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin Geneve

    “Keeping up with my favorites, but spending less than a Patek, the Vacheron Constantine Overseas Dual Time is a killer watch. Dress it up with the stainless steel bracelet or make it more sporty with the rubber bracelet. This 42 mm is great for traveling and don’t worry about getting this time piece wet. It’s water resistant up to 30 meter.”

  • For the Weekend: Apple Watch Hermes

    42mm stainless steel model; $1,150, at Apple Stores and Hermes, Beverly Hills and New York

    Courtesy of Apple Hermes

    "Class up the weekend with the new Hermes leather band for the Apple Watch, giving it a luxury sport look. When you have a hard cardio workout, change out the band on this multipurpose accessory for a rubber one. You do not want to sweat in Hermes."

  • For the Weekend: Cartier Cle De Cartier

    In 18-karat white gold; $37,300 at Cartier boutiques nationwide.

    Courtesy of Cartier

    “You can never go wrong with a Cartier watch. The new Clé de Cartier is the latest addition to Cartier’s collection. At 40mm, the case is quite thin for Cartier which is a plus and makes for a great daytime watch, although you can easily wear it in the evening. Cartier offers a wide range of options. I love the all-white gold. And I can’t wait for the all-stainless steel Cle which will arrive next year.

  • For the Beach: Tudor Pelagos

    New in blue, this is the first Pelagos with an in-house movement; $4,400, at Gearys, Beverly Hills, and Wempe, New York

    Courtesy of TUDOR PELAGOS

    “The Pelagos is a great knock-around watch for day-to-day, swimming and vacations. The self-winding mechanism gives it a three-day power reserve. If you take it off on a Monday and wear it again on Thursday, there is no need to wind it.”

  • For a Day at the Beach: Oris Aquis Reulateur

    Box set includes titanium and rubber straps. $3,150 at tourneau.com.

    Courtesy of Oris

    “For the diver in you. At 43mm and water resistant to 300 meters deep, the Aquis is a killer watch for the beach/ocean. Black face with a titanium bracelet or rubber strap. The watch comes complete with both.”