Chris Hemsworth’s watch is thin but powerful
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This lesson in power coupling comes courtesy of Elsa Pataki and Chris Hemsworth, who walked the red carpet this week to promote Pataki’s upcoming Netflix action movie. Interceptor while embodying the adjective “smoldering”. If you can tear your eyes away from Hemsworth’s piercing stare for a moment, you’ll also notice the other power couple here: his ultra-thin rose gold Bulgari Octo. While it’s not the most famous octagonal bezel watch, its ultra-thin case and equally thin movement make it perfect for slipping under a shirt cuff on the red carpet. Also this week, Idris Elba goes all-in with Gucci and Austin Butler swagger at Cartier.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Extra Thin by Chris Hemsworth
Bulgari has produced plenty of cool watches over the years, including the Gerald Genta-designed Bulgari Bulgari (aka the Watch So Beautiful They Named It Twice). But the Octo Finissimo reveals how seriously the brand takes 21st century watchmaking. Besides its bezel inspired by the 1970s, its greatest pride is a rose gold case just 6.4 mm thick, a true feat of precision. (As impressive as that is, though, Bulgari has already topped it with the 1.8mm-thick Octo Finissimo Ultra.)
Gucci 25H Tourbillon Skeleton of Idris Elba
Even though he didn’t appear alongside Marlo and Dukie on the unofficial HBO show Thread after, We own this town, Idris Elba has served up plenty of other delights lately, most recently his all-Gucci cut on the Cannes red carpet. Like Elba’s neo-70s tuxedo, his watch, recently unveiled as part of Gucci’s new Haute Horlogerie collection, is a perfect blend of old and new, with a cushion-shaped gold case borrowed from the bell epoch and an advanced skeleton tourbillon movement.
Austin Butler Must de Cartier tank top
It’s clear from Austin Butler’s red carpet-winning Cannes cut that the man has a solid appreciation for the classics – and his watch, the Tank Must de Cartier, is no exception. While his overall look was an homage to the golden age of Elvis Presley in the 1950s (the subject of his starring role in Baz Luhrmann’s film Elvis biopic), the Tank Must arrived on the scene in the 1970s. If the answer to Butler’s Elvis performance is any indication, the Tank Must and King of Rock and Roll are more iconic than ever in 2022.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon by Mads Mikkelsen
Fittingly for a guy whose career spans prestige television, auteur cinema and blockbuster video games – not to mention playing the best bond villain since Ernst Stavro Blofeld – Mads Mikkelsen’s selection of watches is at both esoteric and of impeccable taste. New version of the Alpine Eagle by Chopard, the house’s emblematic sports watch, this one is equipped with a flying tourbillon movement and is one of the rare timepieces to have obtained the Poinçon de Genève, the quality certification the most elite in watchmaking.
Sebastian Vettel’s Garmin Fore Runner
In a field full of big tantrums and even bigger egos, Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel seems content to keep things low key. After all, when you’ve raced in over 280 Grands Prix in 16 seasons, with 122 podium finishes and four World Championship titles, what more do you really need to prove? While other pilots flex unobtainium Richard Milles and Louis Vuitton pajamas, your boy Seb keeps it real in his gym clothes and a Garmin fitness tracker.