How an A-List Stylist Pairs the Perfect Watch For Every Suit

8:00 AM 11/30/2015

by Jon Alain Guzik

Ilaria Urbinati has helped the likes of Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton get red-carpet ready.

Watches: Bradley Cooper - H 2015
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Hollywood stylist Ilaria Urbinati, the red-carpet go-to gal for such smartly dressed actors as Bradley Cooper and Armie Hammer, perennially gets her clients on the top of best-dressed lists. She also has gotten them seriously into watches.

"I’m a huge watch person, and I use them as often as I can when styling my male clients," she says. "I think I’ve turned them all into watch geeks."

Not surprisingly, she has strong opinions on accessorizing: Slim styles with white or silver faces and leather bands go well with tuxedos. Suits call for more masculine larger-faced watches on leather bands, while watches on metal bracelets are a natural for casual looks. Says Urbinati, "A watch always adds an extra note of elegance and masculinity on the red carpet."

Here, she talks about the watches she picked for seven of her clients.

  1. 1

    Bradley Cooper

    Urbinati paired Cooper’s IWC Big Pilot’s Watch (his everyday watch) with a very slim-cut Ferragamo suit in 2013. Says Urbinati, "The large face keeps the look super masculine."

  2. 2

    Armie Hammer

    Urbinati is a big fan of IWC for its "cool, masculine" style. Last year, she dressed Hammer (with wife Elizabeth Chambers) in an IWC Portugieser Chronograph: "Its dressy gold numerals and hands are perfect for the richness of Armie’s maroon suit."

  3. 3

    Michiel Huisman

    The stylist dressed Michiel Huisman (with The Age of Adaline co-star Blake Lively) in a rose gold Cle de Cartier watch and a Thom Sweeney beige suit: "Warm colors work best together, and I prefer to match a watchband to the shoes. Both are brown leather."

  4. 4

    Dev Patel

    Client Dev Patel wore IWC’s Portugieser Automatic this year. Says Urbinati, "The large dial is simple and unfussy, perfect for his tailored blue suit."

  5. 5

    Ty Burrell

    Ty Burrell (accepting his award for male actor in a comedy series) wore BaumeMercier’s Clifton to the SAG Awards in 2014. "This watch has a more casual vibe, but it paired well with a cool mod-style cotton tux," says Urbinati.

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    Joel Edgerton

    Joel Edgerton wore Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin at the Venice Film Festival in September. "I tend to pick a watch with a clean dial for fancy black-tie events. It keeps the look very formal," says Urbinati.

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    James Marsden

    Urbinati calls client Marsden "a true watch aficionado." For casual looks, he wears his 1973 Rolex Submariner RED Ref. 1680 and vintage Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch (pictured), and for this year’s Met Gala, he paired a rose gold IWC Portugieser with a cream jacket. "There are few things as elegant as a nice watch on a man’s wrist," says Marsden. "It is one of the few accessories that men can pull off without going overboard."