And The Winner Is: Adam Driver's Watch
Adam Driver is gunning for a gong. He laughs and cries and calls for his ex-wife's death in Noam Baumbach's Marriage Story. He even breaks into song two-thirds of the way through. But, even if this tale of abject woe doesn't quite take the Oscars by storm, Driver has already scooped the top prize: best awards season watch.
For as he collected a prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala last night, the 36-year-old wore a piece on par with the pure darlingness of it all: something a lot like the Breitling Premier.
It's not Driver's first rodeo. Nor is Breitling a fish out of water. As a marque that found fame crafting chronographs best suited to military pursuits, the liberalization of the big watch rulebook has meant that, slowly, sporty aesthetics have melded with the classic dress watch variety. That allowed manufactures like Breitling to pursue haute-y pieces in the form of the Premier, which was deliberately designed to move the label into red carpet watches. With the right strap, a clean, classic design, and the right innards (this particular Premier is a robust self-winding mechanical), any chronograph can be easily assimilated into black tie.
Breitling Premier B01, ernestjones.co.uk
The innards are especially important. Set within a stainless steel case, the Premier hosts a Caliber 01: the first ever in-house movement from Breitling. An accolade for any Swiss manufacture (most labels often outsource their workings to third parties, Breitling once included amongst their ranks), the caliber is comprised of 47-jewels that offer a lengthy 70 hours of power reserve from a single barrel. That's a lot of juice from a watch of this sort. And, as a natural born show off, you're able to ogle the movement in all its glory via an open, sapphire crystal caseback.
An ideal companion for an actor, then. What's more, the understated design also works beyond gushing speeches that thank directors for taking a chance on an unknown kid. The Premier will sit with your work suit. Smart-casual. Even a T-shirt and jeans if they're of the monochrome variety. This is important when you consider bang for your buck. And, as respectable Swiss watches can often demand a Swiss banker's bonus (like every other Breitling ever made, the Premier is COSC-certified, meaning it passes the official test for a Very Precise Watch), it makes perfect sense to get as much wear as possible.
Or, like Driver, simply save it for the acceptance speech. All nine of them.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.