Nothing quite makes a statement than a quality timepiece. More than an accessory, the watch makes for an interesting topic of conversation and also helps describe the person wearing it. As such filmmakers have often relied on timepieces to provide depth and a backstory to films as well as its main characters.
Throughout film history, there were many timepieces that helped define the movies they were featured in. These are some of the few that went on to not only grace the silver screen and share the spotlight with some of the world’s biggest stars but also ultimately became screen legends in their own right.
Gordon Gekko Approved
The Watch : IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Edition Kurt Klaus
Film : Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
“Greed is good” is synonymous with the name Gordon Gekko, who was played masterfully by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film, ‘Wall Street’. The sequel, ‘Money Never Sleeps’, saw Douglas reprise the role of Wall Street’s most infamous power player with an IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Edition Kurt Klaus strapped on his wrist. Sporting a perpetual calendar with day, date, month, full year and perpetual moon phase as well as a 44-hour power reserve and a stunning rose gold case, the timepiece symbolised Gekko’s return to the top of the financial food chain. More importantly the timepiece also honoured designer Kurt Klaus who was instrumental in spearheading the IWC brand.
Ready To Race
The Watch : TAG Heuer Monaco
Film : Le Mans (1971)
Few timepieces have had a better association with motorsports than the TAG Heuer Monaco. Inspired by the world’s most prestigious race, the Monaco Grand Prix, the watch achieved notoriety for being the first square-shaped automatic watch and the first square-shaped chronograph at the time. It even inspired legendary actor, Steve McQueen to don the Monaco for the auto racing drama, ‘Le Mans’, which effectively immortalised the watch forever on screen. Today the timepiece is synonymous with the sport of motor racing and for individuals who like to live life in the fast lane.
The Watch : Bremont Rose Gold Chronograph World Timer
Film: Kingsman : The Secret Service (2014)
Bremont made their motion picture debut in stylish fashion when they were featured in the espionage action comedy, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. Lead actors, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong all strapped on Bremont timepieces in the film, which were “standard issue” spy gadgets for the Kingsman. Watches weren’t the only items that were featured in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ as Bremont co-founder Giles English also filmed a cameo playing one of the British secret agents in the movie directed by Mathew Vaughn.
Time For Magic
The Watch : Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
Film : Doctor Strange (2016)
Even superheroes need to keep a watchful eye on time. Doctor Strange, Marvel’s mystical wizard played by Benedict Cumberbatch, knows all too well how precious time is as he helps guard the Time Stone. But the film’s most prominent centrepiece is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual watch that Dr. Stephen Strange owns, which provides the emotional anchor of the character. In the film, the brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon suffers an accident, which damages his hands and his prized luxury watch, a gift from his former flame. The damaged timepiece, with the inscription ‘Time will tell you how much I love you’, becomes the sorcerer’s only connection to his past life as he discovers a new world of mystic arts and alternate dimensions.
To The Moon & Back
The Watch : Omega Speedmaster
Film : Apollo 13 (1995)
The Omega Speedmaster is not only a timepiece that was forever immortalised on film in ‘Apollo 13’ but it was a watch that will go down in history for helping save the real-life space mission. The Speedmaster served as a tool for Astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks in the film) to time the firing of the secondary rockets of the craft after all the timekeeping mechanisms on board were damaged. The Speedmaster is credited to being a vital component that eventually helped the crew pilot the Apollo 13 craft back to earth. Omega has had a long history with space exploration, being one of the few NASA approved wristwatches. Neil Armstrong also famously wore a Speedmaster during his walk on the moon.