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Adam Driver's Watch Was Made for This Weird, in-Between, Semi-Freedom Phase

It's hard to pick a watch when the apocalypse is never-ending. Hard, but not impossible!
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Adam Driver stepped out into the picture-postcard scene that is the Cannes Film Festival, and things looked normal. We're having actual film festivals for a start. But as photographers snapped, and billionaires bobbed up and down in the background on an azure sea of laundered cash, 'normal' feels illusive. Because we're not quite there yet. In France, masks are still mandated, and events have a capacity limit. The dark cloud of the Delta variant is moving across the Channel (sorry gang). This is the Cannes Film Festival, but like every other social event, it's not the normal Cannes Film Festival. Full suited regalia and big fancy dress watch feels inappropriate when a two cheeked 'moi moi' feels as intrusive as greeting a stranger tongue first. So what do you wear when things aren't quite what they seem?

On the campaign trail of his upcoming musical Annette, Driver settled for smart casual: an in-between that is sometimes difficult to nail, but always failsafe for these such circus acts. And he had an in-between watch to match in the Breitling Super Chronomat B01 44.

Breitling Super Chronomat B01 44

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It's a pilot's watch, first and foremost. But since most guys now have the freedom to opt for a desk job over international warfare, the style has become wildly popular over the last 40 years with regular civilians. That's because it usually suits everything. Where proper dress watches feel too special (and, often, too expensive) for low-key events, dive watches feel too casual. The pilot's watch gets it just right.

The Super Chronomat B01 44 is especially versatile. Stainless steel and black ceramic is a combination that'll sit with practically anything, but a chronograph function (an essential criterion of a watch that was purpose-built for laser-focused precision) keeps everything mildly sporty. The strap is rubber, and comes with all of rubber's advantages, but thanks to Breitling's Rouleaux-inspired design, has the appearance of leather. And inside sits a Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01: a chronometer that's been certified as Very Good by all the proper, bureaucracy drunk Swiss bodies. That, along with Breitling's pedigree, pushes the B01 44 into the top tier of luxury watches.

It's not as flashy as its fellow hall of famers, though. So when events don't feel quite like they did BC (before Covid), the B01 44 is a watch that ticks the boxes without trying too hard. It's laidback. It's a chilled-out guy! Still, it shows up. Because some things as ritzy as the Cannes Film Festival still demands an effort. But, as you flash a chimpanzee smile full of palpable fear into a busy crowd of potential variant factories, it's perhaps better to keep things a little muted. We're not quite there yet.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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