Socially Distanced Watch Spotting On The Virtual Red Carpet

Socially Distanced Watch Spotting On The Virtual Red Carpet

As movie premieres were put on hold, and award shows went virtual, we missed celebrity watch spotting. So, if we can’t have our haute horology parades in real life, we can at least admire and dream from afar.

By Rhonda Riche

The arts have always provided much solace in topsy turvy times. Music, film, and television allow us not just an escape but also different lenses to view the world. We consider watchmaking a form of art as well, and one of the best places to see exceptional timepieces is on the wrists of actors and musicians walking the red carpet.

Between award shows and film festivals, September is usually peak celebrity watch-spotting season (read HERE, HERE, and HERE). And while the show must go on, this year's outstanding timepieces are not being paraded down official red carpets. But we can still acknowledge that there is beauty in the world by holding our own roundup of recent, red carpet-worthy releases!

IWC Portofino Automatic 37

While most award shows and film festivals have gone virtual in 2020, there have been a few in-person appearances. And if these more casual events are anything to go on, in the future, we can expect to see a sea change in red carpet style.

Earlier this month at the 77th Venice Film Festival, actor and IWC brand ambassador Cate Blanchett was spotted sporting a laidback jumpsuit, a mask, and a Portofino Automatic 37 on a 5N gold Milanese bracelet.

Effortless elegance for the win!

Bulgari Bvlgari Aluminium

As always, it’s an honor just to be nominated, so we wanted to give a special shout out to This Is Us and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Sterling K. Brown.

We didn’t have to speculate about which watch the actor might wear to the Emmys because he posted his pick on Instagram.

What was Brown wearing? The new Bulgari Bvlgari Aluminium (read HERE). 

Omega De Ville Prestige 

There was also some real-life product placement at the 2020 Emmys. At least at the afterparty held in Toronto by the Schitt’s Creek cast and crew.

The team had been isolating together in advance so they could actually get together (albeit at an outdoor tent while maintaining local rules limiting the number of people who could assemble for an event). 

The comedy ended up taking home seven awards. And Omega had a big presence, with stars Dan Levy and Catherine O’Hara wearing an Omega De Ville Prestige and an Omega De Ville Prestige Dewdrop, respectively.

Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards was an avant-garde affair.

And since we’re making our own rules now, if we were styling a fashion-forward red carpet, we would recommend the new Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon.

The latest in Audemars Piguet’s ongoing collaboration with Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci shows surprising depth and range. There are two versions available in either 18k rose-gold or 18k white-gold case. Both of which are finished in glittering “frosted gold.”

The dial is composed of four blue-colored disks of increasing size and brightening hues, encircling the flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. And at the center of the tourbillon cage is an open-worked gold-tone circle topped with brilliant-cut diamonds. The two models come with a dark blue alligator strap and an additional blue-textured rubber strap featuring a star-struck motif.

It’s a bold but beautiful choice to pair with formal wear.

Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO Tenet Special Edition

In addition to award show red carpets, we also miss the big blockbuster movie premieres. Perhaps no film this season was as anticipated as Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, and we were especially hoping to see star John David Washington wearing the super cool, Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO Tenet Special Edition on opening night.

In Tenet, Washington wears a wristwatch Hamilton created especially for the film. And while that timepiece was a prop, the brand decided to make a special edition based on the cinematic clockwork.

It’s a sleek and sexy watch, cased in lightweight titanium. This special edition is black on black on black, except for a blue or red-tipped second hand.

Each color version will be limited to 888 pieces, the number chosen as a tip of the hat to the film’s palindromic title.

Jaeger-LeCoultre 101 Bangle

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a mainstay of the film festival circuit, both as fodder for paparazzi and behind-the-scenes as a sponsor. And even though screenings for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are currently taking place online, we would like to think that JLC is there in spirit.

If we were attending a TIFF gala, we would want to wear something with a touch of old Hollywood glamour – like the new, Art Deco-influenced JLC Bangle watch. The bracelet needs no clasp because it opens with a simple twist of its two sides.

Dripping in diamonds, the real jewel here for watch enthusiasts is its exceptional Calibre 101 mechanism, which we recently wrote about HERE.

Chopard Lotus

The Creative Arts Emmy ceremony which was held a week before the main event featured some of the brightest talents behind the scenes of your latest television binge. Though they participated in the ceremony from home, they still got dressed up because it’s fun!

And when a watch is as glamorous as the Lotus timepiece from the Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie collection, you can hit the Zoom afterparties in your comfiest cashmere and still look dressed up.

Based on 2017’s award-winning Lotus Blanc, this fantasy is embellished with an astonishing array of precious gems:

◦ 14.11 carats of tourmalines;
◦ 7.69 carats of garnets;
◦ 5.56 carats of tsavorites;
◦ 2.98 carats of pink sapphires;
◦ 1.34 carats of amethysts;
◦ 1.19 carats of diamonds;
◦ 0.75 carats of yellow-orange sapphires;
0.47 carats of blue sapphires;
◦ 0.31 carats of emeralds; and,
◦ 0.06 carats of yellow diamonds.

All of which are set in 18k white gold and titanium by Chopard.

These stones dance in the limelight, and the ingenious case features petals that open up to reveal the dial. And the fluid, bracelet is a testament to the gem setters’ skill and creativity.

(Images provided by the brands)

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