Brad Pitt’s turn in Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood sees a washed-up stuntman down on his luck. But although Cliff Booth’s halcyon days are seemingly over, they’re alive and well in the form of Pitt’s watch – a piece plucked straight from the action films of yore.
Upon arriving at the 76th Venice Film Festival, the 55-year-old donned an old favorite that’s two parts Swiss prestige, one part Michael Bay. We’re talking Breitling: a marque known for hardy watches that are as tough as they are striking, with landmark references packing all the stuff that’d make a young Booth see God. The Breitling Emergency, for instance, boasts a microtransmitter distress beacon, while the Avenger II Seawolf is water-resistant to the terrifying depth of 3,000 metres. Important, especially when you’re on-set in the Amazon armed with nothing but a hapless cameraman and a crossbow.
Pitt’s preferred model however, sits on the more traditional end of the spectrum. The Premier B01 Norton Edition is a marriage between the British motorcycling company of the same name, and Breitling, with the sizable 42mm piece housed in a robust case of stainless steel. What’s more, the chronograph—often the marker of a sporty, modern watch—has enjoyed a throwback makeover in the form of a muted black dial and vintage-style Arabic numerals.
Granted, it’s not quite Mission: Impossible fodder. But Pitt’s taste for the classic harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood and very timeless, very handsome watches.