Have you ever wondered what timepieces the stars are wearing? Does Brad Pitt have the same taste as you? What does David Beckham wear when he's at home? Who has the best watches of all? You're not alone. Celebrity watch collectors are a hot topic in the industry, and here we showcase some epic examples.
Those of us who collect or admire luxury watches are often prone to indulge in fantasy, musing about "dream" watches or fondling timepieces we know we can't afford. Perhaps that is why celebrity watches hold such appeal - we can live vicariously through the watch collections of the stars.
The art of collecting itself is a relatively new phenomenon, with interest growing hugely in the post-quartz boom of the 90s and 00s. And yet there are still few of us who can afford multiple luxury timepieces, and even fewer who can afford the complete watch collection we desire. Celebrities, who both need to look stylish and have the means to do so, are one of the prime demographics - and since we already know every detail of their lives, it's easy to get a glimpse at the kind of watch collectors they are.
There are many we could have picked, but here are five of our favourite celebrity watch collections:
One-time elf, full-time heart-throb, Orlando Bloom is among Britain's greatest cultural exports to the USA. While the actor is known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean movies, his watch collection earned a starring role of its own in the 2013 Sophia Coppola film Bling Ring, which tells the true story of how the watches were stolen from his Hollywood home by a group of thrill-seeking millennials.
Bloom has a taste for vintage Rolex watches, and his collection includes standout pieces such as an ultra-rare, anti-magnetic Milgauss from the 1950s, and a "Steve McQueen" orange hand Explorer II. GMT Masters, Submariners and more were also among the stolen timepieces, which thankfully we later apprehended and returned.
Another fan of Rolex, Aniston is known for her excellent taste and for being one of the key trend-setters breaking down the barriers between "men's watches" and "ladies' watches". The Friends star is often seen wearing larger-size watches traditionally regarded as male, including her favourite 36mm "President's" Day-Date with a champagne dial and yellow-gold case.
Other watches in Jen's collection include a delightful white-dialled Datejust and a striking ref 116400 Milgauss. This 40mm head-turner has a matt-black DLC case and dial, with bold orange indexes and green sapphire crystal - it is a powerful choice with strong technical credentials (and don't forget the lightning-bolt seconds hand). The actor has also embraced somewhat more traditionally feminine timepieces such as the Cartier Tank Française.
It may not be a surprise that rapper and Beyoncé spouse Jay-Z likes a good luxury watch - especially not to those who know his music, in which his favourite brands are frequently cited. But the collection is worth perusing in greater detail, containing many spectacular and noteworthy pieces. Jay-Z's dozens of watches are all from big names, such as personal favourite Audemars Piguet, and many are limited editions. But there are a range of different styles represented, from the super-Brooklyn Rolex Sky-Dweller (gold with white dial) to the breathtaking, ultra-thin JLC Reverso "Tribute to 1931" dress watch.
Two other favourites are Richard Mille and Hublot, known for their more boisterous take on haute horlogerie. One look at timepieces such as the Raphael Nadal carbon-cased tourbillon (Jay-Z owns one of just 50) or the "Shawn Carter" limited ed he collaborated on with Hublot will convince anyone that these companies bring a serious level of technical skill and finesse.
Arnie has been many things - olympic champion, blockbuster movie star, leader of the fourth-largest economy in the world - but he has never lost either his Austrian accent or his love of fine watches. The Governator's collection shows some serious taste and horological finery, although unsurprisingly it veers towards chunky and macho.
There's the gorgeous Panerai Luminor, rumoured to be a gift from fellow action bro Sylvester Stallone, or the similarly Italian and military-themed U-Boat (Schwarzenegger has a limited edition 53mm 1942 model, among others). Naturally, there's also Rolex and Audemars Piguet (the later has released more than one special edition in his honour). Arnold even created his own Schwarzenegger watch range, which he unveiled at Baselworld 2015, although it was recently discontinued.
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