A variety of elegant timepieces adorned the wrists of celebrities in this year’s Oscars, including Best Actress awardee Michelle Yeoh and Best Actor awardee Brendan Fraser.
Finely-crafted watches seemed to be the accessory of choice for many of the attendees in this year’s Academy Awards. A vast assortment of luxury timepieces were spotted by watch aficionados, many of which sported unique designs that strayed away from the more traditional leather-strap styles usually worn to black-tie events.
But why were watches the centerpiece of many stars’ ensembles in the Oscars? An article from GQ speculates that the boom might’ve occurred due to widespread acceptance of casual pieces and experimental styles in similar events. Less formal watches are becoming the norm, so celebrities can now choose from a larger selection of designs and brands.
For the curious—and the watch enthusiasts out there—below is an overview of some memorable timepieces worn by celebrities during the 95th Academy Awards:
Michelle Yeoh – Richard Mille Sapphire RM 07-02
Michelle Yeoh made headlines as the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for her lead role in Everything Everywhere All at Once—which swept the board at the Oscars after taking home several awards including Best Picture. So it’s only fitting that the actress wore a watch as stunning and unique as her talent, namely Richard Mille’s RM 07-02.
Yeoh has had a longstanding relationship with the brand’s founder, which is why a one-of-a-kind variant of the watch was made for her red carpet look. The RM 07-02 models usually come with gem-set dials in colors like pink, green, and blue—but Yeoh’s special watch is encrusted with clear sapphires instead.
Brendan Fraser – Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope
Fraser won Best Actor in this year’s Academy Awards for his emotional role in A24’s The Whale—a well-deserved milestone that shows how far he’s come as a performance artist. Omega’s Speedmaster Chronoscope adorned the 54-year-old’s wrist during the ceremony, with its signature “snail” dial that can keep track of almost everything, from a wearer’s speed to their own heartbeat.
Ke Huy Quan – Omega Constellation Globemaster
Another Omega watch wearer was Ke Huy Quan, winner of this year’s Best Supporting Actor for his role in Everywhere Everything All at Once. The Vietnamese-born American actor sported Omega’s Constellation Globemaster, but switched out the watch’s usual stainless steel strap for a leather one—a classy choice that suited the occasion.
Andrew Garfield – Omega DeVille Tresor
It appears that Omega was the favored brand for quite a few actors, as Andrew Garfield also wore a timepiece from the brand. This isn’t particularly surprising, given that the English-American star has been wearing Omega watches to events for years. This year’s choice of timepiece was no less stunning than those worn before it; the actor chose Omega’s DeVille Tresor Co-Axial Master Chronometer.
Paul Mescal – Cartier Tank Chinoise
Paul Mescal has risen to fame thanks to his roles in the BAFTA-winning show Normal People and 2022’s widely-acclaimed film Aftersun. The Irish actor wore Cartier’s Tank Chinoise, a popular dress watch that’s recognized for its unconventional design—thick bars that line the top and bottom of its case. While the model’s rose gold variety is a crowd favorite, Mescal opted to wear a platinum version, which looked distinguished with his black-tie attire.
Hong Chau – Panerai Luminor Due Luna
Thai-American actress Hong Chau is known for playing memorable supporting characters with strong dedication, as her work in films like The Menu and The Whale have shown. For this year’s Oscars, Chau wore Panerai’s Luminor Due Luna, making her the first woman in the brand’s history to wear one of its watches to the red carpet. As the name suggests, the elegant watch comes with a Moonphase complication. Chau’s version featured a soft pink strap that paired perfectly with her light pink dress.
Idris Elba – Gucci High Watchmaking G-Timeless Planetarium
When it comes to panache, Idris Elba didn’t hold back, as the award-winning English actor sported one of Gucci’s most impressive timepieces—the G-Timeless Planetarium. The Tourbillon model has 12 large beryl gemstones as indices, paired with a diamond studded star dial at the center. With a push of a button, the gem-set wheel spins to create a dazzling light show.
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