Welcome to Clock of the weekwhere we’ll track the rarest, wildest and most coveted watches spotted on celebrities.
Will Ferrell’s Zenith El Primero is like a descendant of a great and history-changing individual. In 1969, Zenith was part of a watchmaker’s historic chase to invent the world’s first automatic chronograph—a watch with a chronograph function that required no manual winding. everyday. This development will be a huge step forward for Swiss watchmakers who need to make their products more functional and easy to use on a daily basis.
Three different brands have joined the battle for the supremacy of automatic chronographs: Seiko; zenith; and a consortium of manufacturers including Heuer, Breitling and Hamilton. The first to claim a new invention? Our hero of this story: Zenith, first launched a working prototype on January 10, 1969. Zenith named its game-changing movement El Primero. Ferrell’s seems to be a very specific version of this watch: the Zenith El Primero Striking 10th.
Ferrell’s version of El Primero is historic in its own right. When it was released over a decade ago, Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer (when he was still blogging!) called it “a watch that brought Zenith back into the eyes of true watch aficionados around the world.” The dial is a lovely tribute to the original watch, called Reference A386, which Zenith has launched since 1969. The Striking 10 featured its predecessor’s signature three colors, side-by-side sub-dials, and in 2011, collectors ate up to history and aesthetics there. Apparently Ferrell is also a big fan.
Justin Theroux’s Rolex Day-Date
Theroux has a real interest in black and gold watches. His everyday item is another gold watch: a Rolex Submariner from 1971 that he bought. because that’s the year he was born. The watch he wore to this week’s CFDA Awards put even more emphasis on color combinations. The onyx dial has its typical hour markers stripped away, leaving nothing in its place but a black hole through the center of the gold case.
Trae Young’s Cartier Santos
Atlanta Hawks Young and Cartier’s fire-throwing guard seem like opposites: one is a delicate, old-world jewel, the other is a flashy new-age guardian who enjoys playing Big Bad. But what they all have in common is that they can keep warming up that almost no one else has. Put Cartier in NBA jam and you’ll have to line up”he’s on fire!” the sound decreases immediately. The brand is putting historic numbers up for auction with funky watches like the Cheich, Pebble, and Crash. But a lot started with Young’s Santos: it was one of the first wristwatches invented in 1904.
Rolex Day-Date by Sylvester Stallone
Today, Day-Date and it “President” style bracelet are completely synonymous. Rolex uses this bracelet almost exclusively for this watch, and many people know the Day-Date simply as “The President”. BUT! Like Watch writer Nick Gould points out, Stallone is wearing a version of the watch that predates its authoritative moniker. For a very short time after the introduction of the Day-Date, Rolex placed this watch in celebration of the present (see here) before the Presidential debut a year later. Stallone’s watch represents only a small part of Day-Date’s history, plus it comes with that beautiful aquatic dial.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak by Julius Randle
Randle might just have that caliber MVP season, but the money from the contract he earned that year is forever. It’s clear he’s spending wisely, buying great adult toys like this AP Royal Oak with a perpetual calendar. One detail that I would never tire of telling people if I owned this watch? The blue color used for the dial is called, in Audemar Piguet’s words, “Night Blue, Cloud 50.”