Before Everything everywhere all at once won it all at the award ceremony, Oscar attendees put on their usual show on the carpet. And while the stars may have played it safe, on the fashion side, they presented the most diverse selection of watches ever seen at the show. Most years we see a procession of serious dress watches with leather bands. This year, nearly every wrist offered a new treat, like Paul Mescal’s quirky Cartier, Michelle Yeoh’s completely clear new-age sports watch, and Dwayne Johnson’s piece, which completely defied the tie dress code. black. I didn’t even mention Idris Elba’s Gucci watch, adorned with a carousel of diamonds.
There are a few explanations for the Oscar watch explosion. Firstly, more casual sports watches are now acceptable at events like this, greatly increasing the selection. Second, celebrity interest in watches seems to be skyrocketing along with everyone else’s. It seems we see more personality on people’s wrists than on their clothes. Almost every category of watch collector was represented on Sunday: vintage grails, high-end sports watches, impeccable dress designs and stainless steel clasps. Here are the best plays from the 2023 Oscars.