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Time Tells All

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Throughout history, some of the best-known celebrities have sported luxury watches that serve not only as mere gadgets to tell the hours of the day, but as status symbols defining power, wealth and social class as well. In today’s digital age, that hasn’t changed. Yes, time can be easily accessed in ways other than a wrist accessory (thanks to cell phones, tablets and computers), but timepieces are still often worn, perhaps because they offer a certain emotional connection to the wearer. The value of each watch can range greatly depending on the brand, materials, exclusivity, how and where it’s made, and who wears it. Many brands pay thousands, even millions, for famous faces to endorse their watches. And of course, there are celebrities who would just as happily splurge on a watch—some may even collect them as traditionally as people do stamps. Here, we’ve rounded up facts on some of the most coveted timepieces out there, and the notables who wear them. Who says money can’t buy time?



Actress Madeleine Stowe’s close friendship with BOVET owner Pascal Raffy led to her work for the brand as the face of the Lady BOVET Flower of Life timepiece. Built with the brand’s classic Amadeo convertible system, it can be transformed into a wristwatch, a pocket watch, a pendant watch and a desk clock. The design incorporates its namesake flower of life motif, which represents the universal symbol of balance and vitality found in many civilizations.

$130,800: Price of the Lady BOVET Flower of Life watch.

10%: Of the value of every timepiece in this design sold will be donated to the Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) association.

7: Days of power reserve.

30: Meters of water resistance.

1822: The year Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers was chartered in London by Édouard Bovet. It is most known for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century.


Photo by Jason Merritt

Actor Liev Schreiber has been seen wearing Tiffany & Co. watches on multiple occasions both on and off the red carpet. This year alone, he wore timepieces from the brand to the 73rd Annual Golden Globes, the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

$4,750: Price of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 3-Hand watch.

100: Meters of water resistance.

42: Hours of power reserve.

1853: The year Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of the brand, installed a statue of Atlas holding

a clock above the entrance of his store at 550 Broadway. It was one of the first public clocks in New York City.

2015: The year when the CT60 collection was launched. It was inspired by an archival Tiffany & Co. watch gifted to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which he then wore to the historic Yalta Conference in 1945.



It’s safe to say that actress, author, director and beauty entrepreneur Drew Barrymore is a watch aficionado. In fact, she has been seen wearing more than one on a wrist at a time! Among the timepieces that she has worn isone from the Chanel BOY.FRIEND collection.

$14,500: Price of the Chanel BOY.FRIEND large model watch in 18K beige gold on a black alligator strap.

1987: The year when the first line of Chanel watches launched, with the creation of the Première model, designed by Jacques Helleu.

30: Meters of water resistance.

42: Hours of power reserve.

2015: The year when the BOY.FRIEND collection launched. Its long octagonal shape was inspired by both the aerial view of the Place Vendôme and the stopper of the Chanel N°5 perfume bottle.



British actor Clive Owen is almost never seen without a watch. A true collector, he has sported several styles from Jaeger-LeCoultre, including the Geophysic True Second watch, which launched last fall.

$17,500: Price of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second watch in pink and gold. It is named after a watch that belongs both to universal history and to the heritage of its manufacture.

275: Components.

28,800: Vibrations per hour.

1833: The year founder Antoine LeCoultre transformed his small barn into a watchmaking atelier in Le Sentier, Switzerland.

1958: The International Geophysical Year when Jaeger-LeCoultre created a chronometer for

scientists on a mission. The timepiece was designed to withstand the magnetic fields of the North Pole while maintaining its formidable precision—its overriding characteristic was extreme resistance.


Photos courtesy of Breitling SA

As one of Hollywood’s most enduring talents, John Travolta’s passion for aviation is one he shares with Breitling. The film legend is also a private pilot and has worn his Breitling timepieces to the Oscars, the Living Legends of Aviation Awards and the Reno Air Races, and in films such as From Paris with Love.

$15,600: Price of a Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT in steel and gold. The unique style is an authentic instrument

for aviators.

500: Meters of water resistance (a feat worthy of a diver’s watch).

70: Hours of power reserve.

1984: Year this chronograph was first developed in association with the Italian Air Force display team Frecce Tricolori.

2005: The year since John Travolta joined Breitling as a brand ambassador, a position he currently still holds.



Actress, model, social media phenomenon and all around It Girl Cara Delevingne was convinced by Jean-Claude Biver, TAG Heuer’s CEO and president of the watch division of the LVMH, to join the brand’s family of ambassadors as of last year. The brand created six versions of watches in a special-edition line designed for Delevingne as part of the TAG Heuer Carrera collection.

$4,550: Price of the Cara Delevingne special edition watch from the TAG Heuer Carrera collection, with diamonds on the bezel and a leather strap.

41: Case size in millimeters.

100: Meters of water resistance.

72: Top Wesselton Diamonds on a black titanium carbide coated polished steel bezel.

1860: The year founder Edouard Heuer opened his small watchmaking workshop in the remote mountain village of Saint-Imier, Switzerland.


screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-11-42-36-amBasketball legend Kobe Bryant has been an ambassador for Hublot since 2013. To date, the brand has produced three distinct timepieces with the 18-time NBA All-Star, including the King Power Black Mamba, inspired by his nickname.

$25,200: Price of the Hublot King Power Black Mamba watch.

24: Kobe Bryant’s most recent jersey number (while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers) located at 6 o’clock.

42: Hours of power reserve.

330: Individual components assembled by hand.

1980: The year Hublot was founded by Carlo Crocco. The brand designed its first case combining natural rubber and gold with a shape inspired by a ship’s porthole.


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It’s no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge is known for her sophisticated style and grace. Her outfits of the day have coined the term the “Kate Middleton effect” which has taken the media world by storm. A watch that she wears quite frequently is the Ballon Bleu de Cartier, an iconic style with soft curves reminiscent of a pebble and a case that is rounded on both sides.

$5,200: Price of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier 33mm watch.

2007: Year the Ballon Bleu de Cartier model was first introduced.

30: Meters of water resistance.

1874: The year Cartier was founded in Paris by master jeweler Louis-François Cartier. The company records list a large number of jewelry watches worn as brooches, chatelaines and pocket watches. Pieces include those embellished with onyx, pearls and enameled figures which echoed the motifs of the jewelry collections.

1904: Louis-François Cartier realized that the wristwatch was the future, and during this year he created the Santos watch for the pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont.


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Bill Clinton politician, 42nd president of the U.S. and founder of the Clinton Foundation—started building an impressive watch collection after his time in the Oval Office. Among the timepieces he owns is the Panerai Luminor GMT.

4: Watches in Panerai’s new Blue Dial series, two of which are Luminor models.

44: Case size in millimeters.

1860: The year Giovanni Panerai opened his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence. By the early 19th century, the brand was named official supplier to the Royal Italian Navy.


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