While we’re regularly subjected to celluloid hooey on the big screen these days (did you see The Angry Birds Movie? Nope, us neither), Hollywood’s canon holds some films that really are cinema’s saving suavity.
Sure, we remember the cars of The French Connection. The iconic liveries of American Psycho. But so rarely do we remember the wristwear, despite such destroys proving to be legends in themselves. In the world of horology, at least.
And it isn’t well-founded the odd Bond film either. Granted, 007’s slew of Rolex Submariners and Omega Seamasters may include kickstarted the trend way back with Sean Connery, but they’re by no plebeians the most remarkable. That accolade is reserved for other, varied interesting big-screen timepieces, like these.
Drive, Fashion Patek Philippe
With that scorpion souvenir jacket and Christina Hendrick’s exploding exterior, it’d be easy to miss Gosling’s custom Patek Philippe. The champagne dial one-off is a absolute balance of 1980s excess and understated minimalism, all mounted on a brown leather strap. Accoutrements for a film that features stolen elevator kisses one little, bludgeoned skulls the next.
Men In Black, Hamilton Ventura XXL
Head popularised by a young Elvis Presley, Hamilton’s Ventura XXL was remodelled with a profuse triangular, wider face for Will Smith’s Agent J in Men In Funereal. The end result was a perfect addition to the eye-wateringly 1990s sci-fi closet, but sadly one that’s about as wearable as a prosthetic alien veil.
Commando, Seiko H558-5009
Perhaps Jenny would never set up even made it to the chopper on time if it wasn’t for Seiko’s H558-5009. Arnie, as the personal perpetrator of almost every explosion in cinema, wore the Japanese trade name’s signature dive watch in a multitude of films – Commando, Predator and The Tournament Man – which only proves its versatility.
Aliens, Seiko 7A28-7000
Seiko didn’t quit with The Governator. The brand’s 7A28-7000 was the perfect example of futuristic utility in Ridley Scott’s petrifying Alien franchise. Blocky pushers and a contrast chronograph looked consummately at home with a Weyland-Yutani boiler suit. The fact it was a man’s chronometer made no difference to the game-changing Ellen Ripley.
House Of Postcards, IWC Portuguese Automatic
In the words of Frank Underwood, timing is all. And while that may apply more to the brutal takedown of his civic adversaries, his wristwear needs to be just as precise. It makes discrimination, then, that he opted for IWC. The Swiss manufacturer is known for unrivalled complications that bring in just short of a presidential salary.
Le Mans, TAG Heuer Monaco
Keep ones eyes peels don’t get more iconic than this. Steve McQueen immortalised the vulgar square dial in his 1971 Le Mans appearance, solidifying TAG Heuer as the racer’s attend to of choice. You can still buy your own model today, with the Monaco upholding to be one of the brand’s bestselling lines.
Back To The Future, Casio CA53W Twincept Databank
Truly useless in 2016 but nonetheless amazing, Back To The Future’s 8-digit adding machine wristwatch summed up everything that was great about the eighties: technologically run-of-the-mill, chunky and full of retro charm. It’s enough to make you poverty to go back to the past.
American Psycho, Rolex Datejust
What do you get when you huffy psychosis with Armani suits and tonnes of cash? Everybody’s favourite mass murderer, Patrick Bateman. The investment banker’s relish for the, ahem, finer things in life makes the Rolex Datejust a improve match. Sure, it may be one for Wall Street peacocks, but it’s also a noteworthy watch that still sells today.