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Chris Pratt Knows A Good Cartier When He Sees It

The Jurassic World star goes for gold,
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When you sign onto a multimillion dollar franchise like Jurassic World, you'll be busy. Ridiculously so. And, with two flicks under his belt (and another on the way), Chris Pratt is all in for dense human beings resurrecting creatures that manage to cause a national emergency every single time. Rather than dream up a standout look for each premiere, though, the 40-year-old has let one watch in particular do the peacocking. 

At the Universal Studios opening of Jurassic World's latest ride, the 40-year-old enlisted a Santos de Cartier to punctuate the wrist. So far, so Hollywood. What sets Pratt apart from his peers, however, is the metal used: yellow gold. Once wrongly seen as a gauche choice for provincial mafiosos, yellow gold has enjoyed something of a resurgence, and men's jewelry at large is generally a trend on the uptick.

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Pair that with a well-respected watch, and Pratt has managed to meld a contemporary trend and classic hautehorlogerie. The Santos de Cartier, first introduced in 1904, is at its core an aviation watch. Louis Cartier (the man responsible for the maison we know today) promised Alberto Santos-Dumont (a Brazilian aeronaut from a long line of wealthy coffee producers) to make a wristwatch suitable for flying, and thus the Santos was born. Fast forward over 100 years later, and it's jumped beyond the cockpit to stand tick-to-tick with dress watches proper. A Santos de Cartier may not follow the blueprint of a usual top table watch, but it'll still command a great deal of respect from your fellow guests. 

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And respect Pratt duly receives in full. Better yet, an outfit of quiet monochrome tailoring lets the yellow gold pop, lifting the look by mere token of adding a glint. Know that simplicity isn't your only route, though: This watch will work just as well in your big Miami grandstander suit, and extra flashes of gold elsewhere are most welcome. 

After all, the art of letting dinosaurs run amok may be old hat, yet Pratt's wristwear for such occasions are anything but.

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

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