* This article on the watch James Bond it was originally released in GQ USA.
“The most important element of the wardrobe of a character, the one that best helps to dwell of what is and informs the audience, is the clock“says Jeanne Yang, celebrity stylist. Yang works with characters such as Robert Downey Jr. and Jason Momoa, and part of his work consists in to guide you skillfully toward the classics (or to parts that seem to be freshly taken out of the vault of Area 51, if that is what you are looking for the client).
To work in Hollywood and to do of matchmaker between celebrities and watches makes Yang know the power that a watch may have both for the stars as to the movies. And there is no better example of this than the watch of James Bond, the Rolex Submariner reference 6538, which brought Sean Connery in Dr. No.
Bond needs a watch that can be used in combat, while immersed in the ocean, while walking on the beach with Ursula Andress, and while wearing a tuxedo, and the Rolex Submariner is able to intervene in every one of those occasions. To change, the Submariner is imbued with a freshness and robustness historical.
Today, Yang speaks of this and another classic, plus a couple of watches blockbusters of superheroes.
The Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 Sean Connery in Dr. No
From that Sean Connery wore this Rolex Submariner in 1962 as the watch James Bond in Dr. No, the reference 6538 has become the favorite of the collectors who are hoping to capture a bit of the inimitable class of 007.
The distinctive quality of the 6538 it is his great crown (the screw is enlarged in the right side of the watch), along with their lack of protectors, which typically surround and protect the winding mechanism.
Better than any other specification: it is the first watch James Bond used and, therefore, it is known as the Bond Submariner.
“More recently, Daniel Craig has been using Omegasbut in the first Bond, Sean Connery wore this fantastic Rolex Submariner,” Yang says.
“When you think of the different instruments that make up the character of 007, it is the car that shoots and has an eject button. But, of course, also is the watch more exquisite and beautiful, with which you can also jump to the sea. Must be a versatile timepiece: it has to be able to wear it with a bathing suit, and you have to be able to wear it with a tuxedo. The Submariner is the watch James Bond because it is perfect for that“.
The Cartier Tank Cintree of Steve Mcqueen and Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox on The Case of Thomas Crown
This is the third time in four weeks that one of our guests includes Steve McQueen in the list of the best watches, and the second time that his role in The Case Of Thomas Crown it stands out for this reason.
Interestingly, the Tank could be the watch with the least associated with Steve McQueen. The actor was best known as a tough guy who did his own stunts and is famous for wearing a Rolex Submariner and a Heuer Monaco.
His role as the elegant and gentle Thomas Crown I was very far from the typical area of influence of McQueen. Maybe that is what makes the two watches McQueen leads in the movie stand out so much, because they represent a completely different side of the legendary actor.
“It takes a Cartier Tank Cintree, that is superfine, super sweet,” Yang says. “The character of McQueen is a thief of art, so I have to wear something exquisite and beautiful. I always think that the thieves of art steal art because they want it for themselves. Do it for the money, but love the art.” And the Tank is art.
But, for a lover of beautiful things, Cartier was not enough, so McQueen I also wore the Memovox Jaeger-LeCoultrethere is a clock presented in 1950 and one of the most famous that it carries a built-in alarm.
“It takes two of the watches most exquisite in terms of aesthetics of the world“says Yang. “The costume designers and stylists of props from the films, at least a long time ago, is not guided by the sponsorships. Looked for things that were to guide the character. When you’re in a set and the actor is dressed slowly, little by little, he becomes that character. Clothes in The Case Of Thomas Crown it is fantastic, and so is the movie, but the clock is really the punctuation for the two”.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT Robert Downey Jr. and the Urwerk Ur-105CT of the universe of The Avengers
Yang highlights two used watches for Robert Downey, Jr. (as Iron Man) that represent the character’s growth.
The first, a Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3, encapsulates both sides of Tony Stark: billionaire, galactic and super-hero of the space age. “As Stark, you’re someone who wants appreciate the best creators of the world, so that you are going to go looking for a JLC,” says Yang. “But you’re also getting something a little less traditional.”
The AMVOX3 house with the refinement of Jaeger-LeCoultre as a brand, but still manages to look an appropriate watch for a guy who commands an army of robots in the style of Iron Man.
But the JLC was a watch made for missions on land. What happens when Iron Man needs to defend the entire universe? “For The Avengers: Endgame” decided to go for something very innovative, something that was daring and a little less conventional,” says Yang. “That was what happened with the movies, because the character is more and more involved in not only to save a small part of the earth -the united States-but the entire planet, and then, in Endgame, the entire universe”.
The futuristic design of the Urwerk was a perfect combinationwatch , a watch that seems to be a accessory made specifically for Iron Man. The appearance of the UR-105CT, and his face silver polished is even a mirror of the armor of a knight. And carry it into the highest grossing movie of all time has its benefits: when Downey finished to auction the watch in December, sold by 312.000 dollars.