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From the front-and-center timepiece in Carpool Karaoke and the surprising oil-filled invention on the wrist of Fox’s CEO, celebrities and actors alike are upping their game when it comes to finely made timepieces.
James Murdoch in Ressence
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch was spotted wearing a quite unconventional timepiece — both in appearance and mechanics — last year, Ressence’s Type 3. The upper half of the watch is filled with oil, which gives enhanced legibility to the numerals, which are on discs that are rotated via magnets located in the bottom half of the watch. Ressence has a following in Silicon Valley as well as in Hollywood — former Nest CEO Tony Fadell is a fan of the brand. $42,200, available at Jewell’s at Galpin Premier, Van Nuys, Calif.
James Corden in Audemars Piguet
James Corden has made Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Selfwinding the most prominent watch of the year, wearing the elegant sport watch when he takes to the wheel in Carpool Karaoke. Other fans of Audemars Piguet include Justin Bieber, Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay-Z and Denzel Washington. $17,800 at Audemars Piguet boutiques.
Justin Timberlake in Rolex
The new trend back toward yellow gold is getting a boost from Justin Timberlake who’s been wearing his new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 almost everywhere this year, including in his Can’t Stop the Feeling video. The Day-Date is often called the President’s Watch and was a favorite of Lyndon Johnson. $34,850 at Gearys on Rodeo, Beverly Hills.
Ellen DeGeneres in Patek Philippe
The comedian and host is one of Hollywood’s biggest watch collectors, regularly seen wearing timepieces by Rolex (Submariner, vintage Daytona, Explorer II, GMT Master II, Yachtmaster), Audemars Piguet (a Royal Oak GMT from L.A.’s Westime), Omega (Speedmaster) and Panerai. She’s also a fan of Patek Philippe and recently wore two automatic references of the bluechip Swiss maker on The Ellen Show: a classic Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A in stainless steel with silvery-white dial ($24,830 at Patek Philippe Boutique at Gearys, Beverly Hills, and at Tiffany & Co, NYC) and an Annual Calendar Chronograph in stainless steel ($51,030).
Kevin Hart in Richard Mille
One of Hollywood’s most fanatic watch lovers, Kevin Hart is a fan of Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Richard Mille. He wore one of Richard Mille’s manually wound RM 035 Americas Rafael Nadal (made in a limited edition of 50) to a screening of Central Intelligence in June. Made in collaboration with the tennis great, it has a 55-hour power reserve and is made from ultra-light ceramic, carbon and titanium, clocking in at just 4.3 grams. $120,000 at Richard Mille, Beverly Hills.
Bonnie Hammer in Cartier
Bonnie Hammer, the chairman of NBCUniversal’s Cable Entertainment Group wore a Cartier Ballon Bleu, one of the luxury maker’s most popular collections since its introduction in 2007, to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast last year. Kate Middleton also wears a Ballon Bleu. Cartier’s 42mm model in steel with a sapphire cabochon crown retails for $6,550 available at Cartier boutiques and at Feldmar Watch Company, Los Angeles.
Rami Malek in Montblanc
When Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek hoisted his first Emmy award this year, he wore Montblanc’s elegant and slim 38mm Heritage Chronometrie Automatic in stainless steel featuring a silvery white dial and red gold-plated applique indexes. $2,360 at Montblanc boutiques and montblanc.com.
Kylie Jenner in Hublot
Kylie Jenner has emerged as one of the entertainment world’s most prominent women who love watches. She’s been spotted in this 38mm Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold Pave ($27,500 at Hublot boutiques), as well as a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date with a bezel set with 42 diamonds, a vintage rolex Oyster for Cartier 1952 and a Cartier Ballon Bleu.
Michael Fassbender in Chopard
Michael Fassbender, nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Jobs, wore Chopard’s 39.5mm L.U.C. XPS in 18k white gold to the Academy Awards last spring. This elegant and ultra-thin time-only watch is just 7.13mm thick and features a 65-hour power reserve. $16,780, available at Chopard boutiques.
Kit Harington in Jaeger-LeCoultre
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington accessorized his tuxedo with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra-Thin 41 in stainless steel at this year’s Emmy Awards. The slim automatic timepiece is only 7.5mm in thickness. ICM Partners’ John Burnham, Steve Carrell, Jay-Z and Robert Downey Jr. also wear Jaeger-LeCoultre watches. $8,500 at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.
Alexander Skarsgard in Vacheron Constantin
Tarzan cleaned up nicely last summer when Alexander Skarsgard, the latest actor to play the hero of the jungle, wore Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas in stainless steel with a blue dial during his international tour for the film. Ride Along director Tim Story, producer Vishal Rungta and Gold actor Edgar Ramirez are also fans of the brand. $19,900 at Vacheron Constantin boutiques or vacheron-constantin.com.
Luke Bryan in Breguet
Country music star Luke Bryan has chosen Breguet for the red carpet this year, including the storied watchmaker’s 41mm manually wound Tradition Fusee Tourbillon 7047 in rose gold to the MusiCares Person of the Year night in February. Ben Affleck wore a Tradition Fusee Tourbillon in platinum in the recent Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. $175,600, available at Breguet boutiques.
Joel McHale in Glashutte Original
The Great Indoors and Community star Joel McHale opts for German-made brand Glashutte Original, counting three of their watches in his collection: the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date in stainless steel with blue dial (pictured), the Seventies Panorama Date with blue dial and the Sixties Square Chronograph in stainless steel with black dial. $16,400 at Tourbillon boutiques.
Patrick Dempsey in TAG Heuer
Actor and race-car driver Patrick Dempsey, a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, visited the Monaco Grand Prix in May wearing the 39mm Monaco Calibre 12 Chronograph with blue alligator strap. The square Monaco watch was famously worn by Steve McQueen. $5,350 at Westime Sunset, West Hollywood, Calif., and Tourneau Time Machine, New York.
Shonda Rhimes in Apple Watch Hermes
Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes wears the 38mm Apple Watch Hermes in stainless steel with a leather double tour band. She recently was given a new model Apple Watch in ceramic by the company’s chief designer officer Jony Ive. $1,299, available at apple.com.jk
Leslie Moonves in A. Lange & Sohne
CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves (seen here with wife Julie Chen at a concert at the Wynn Las Vegas last year) has been spotted wearing German watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne’s Lange 1 in white gold with a grey dial. The model, no longer in production, is similar to the brand’s Grand Lange 1 (pictured) in white gold. $41,500, available at A. Lange & Sohne boutiques.
Terrence Howard in Piaget
Empire star Terrence Howard wore one of Piaget’s high-jewelry timepieces, an Altiplano 38mm 900P, at the NAACP Image Awards in February, winning for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. The watchmaker calls it the world’s thinnest hand-wound high-jewelry watch. It boasts 33 baguette-cut diamonds on the dial inside a white-gold case (set with an additional 304 diamonds) that’s just 5.65mm thick. Price upon request, available at piaget.com.
Dwayne Johnson in Arnold & Son
Ballers' Dwayne Johnson star tweeted “One of my fav watches. Amazing piece” when he wore Arnold & Son’s ingenious Time Pyramid model on the show earlier this year. Inspired by antique pyramid clocks, the 44.66mm hand-wound skeleton watch in red gold features a triangular movement with two barrels that offer a 90-hour power reserve. $43,200, available at Cellini, New York, and Feldmar Watch Company, Los Angeles.
Orlando Bloom in Bremont
Pirates of the Caribbean franchise star Orlando Bloom wore the AC 1 by Bremont, part of the British watchmaker’s new America’s Cup Collection, with a Prada tuxedo to the Costume Institute Gala this year. The 43mm automatic watch’s dial is embossed with a pattern inspired by the shape of the America’s Cup trophy. $4,695, available at Feldmar Watch Company, Los Angeles and the Bremont boutique, New York.
Robert Iger in Officine Panerai
Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Robert Iger is regularly spotted with a Panerai on his wrist, including this Luminor Marina Flyback 1950 (Reference PAM212). Actors who wear Panerai include Chris Pratt, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. $10,800, at Officine Panerai boutiques.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Tiffany
Promoting Snowden at the Toronto International Film Festival, Joseph Gordon-Levitt wore one of Tiffany & Co.’s CT60 3-Hand in stainless steel. The 40mm automatic a gray dial with gold poudre numerals on a gray alligator strap. The CT60 collection, which debuted last year, was inspired by a vintage Tiffany watch given to president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945. $4,750, at Tiffany boutiques or TiffanyCT60.com.
Miles Teller in Omega
At the New York premiere of his boxing flick Bleed for This on Nov. 14, actor Miles Teller appeared in Omega’s 41mm Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Annual Calendar. The steel and Sedna Gold watch features a pie-pan dial (with the months of the year in italic script) and fluted bezel. $10,800, available at Omega boutiques.
Christian Slater in Harry Winston
Mr. Robot star Christian Slater wore Harry Winston’s 42mm automatic Midnight Monochrome timepiece in white gold to this year’s Emmys. Price upon request, at Harry Winston boutiques.
Dev Patel in IWC
Actor Dev Patel wore IWC’s classic Portugieser Automatic in stainless steel with white dial to this year’s Academy Awards. The 42.3mm automatic watch on a black alligator strap features a seven-day power reserve and date display. $12,700 at IWC boutiques.
Oprah Winfrey in Rado
At the premiere of OWN’s Greenleaf series in June, Oprah Winfrey wore her diamond Rado True Thinline quartz watch in high-tech ceramic, which she’s said she loves because it’s “easy to wear and easy to read.” This similar no-diamonds 39mm Rado True Thinline retails for $2,100, available at rado.com.
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