Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
It’s been a good week for Tom Cruise who, after a two-year delay, finally strutted the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick. Fortunately the wait appears to have been worth it, with the film scoring a slew of improbably positive reviews and a five-minute standing ovation from Cannes’ notoriously fickle audience. Unlike other black-tie events, the dress code at Cannes historically offers more room for interpretation—like, say, a hot pink Louis Vuitton suit, or a Dan Flashes shirt and two watches. Unlike his squad of flyboy castmates, though, Cruise kept things rakish but conservative, capping off his red carpet tux with a tousled mane and a $120,000 haute complication from the world’s oldest watchmaker. Goose would be proud.
Tom Cruise’s Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
While he seems to have comfortably settled into a career of jumping from one action franchise to another, Tom Cruise is a surprisingly versatile actor. The same can be said about the sleek Vacheron Constantin timepiece he wore to collect his honorary Palme d’Or this week, a rugged sports watch that’s refined enough to fit under the cuff of a tuxedo shirt. Based on the standard Overseas, which has all of the 1970s beauty of an AP Royal Oak but significantly less hype, this one features a highly complex perpetual calendar movement that will display the correct day, date, month and moon phase for the next 78 years without requiring any adjustment.
Tiger Woods’ Rolex Deepsea
Woods is back on the greens this week for the PGA Championship at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club, where the golfing GOAT is chasing his 16th major title and 83rd PGA Tour victory. Unlike Woods’ choice of footwear, which he’s switched up this year for the first time since 1996, he remains loyal to his Rolex Deepsea, the brand’s top-tier diver’s watch. An appropriate choice for a guy who eats world records for breakfast, the Deepsea famously traveled to the bottom of the ocean attached to James Cameron’s submersible, and is rated water-resistant to an extremely impressive 12,800 feet. Woods’ Deepsea features the D-Blue dial, whose blue-to-black gradient is inspired by the gradual fading of light as you descend underwater, and looks great with a green blazer.
Travis Scott’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance-Wheel Openworked
While Travis Scott’s rainbow AP is a nice watch by any standard, its frosted gold surface is worth a closer look. Created by pounding white gold with a specialized diamond-tipped tool, its unique frosty patina is actually the result of thousands of tiny dents. Don’t try this at home, kids.
Scotty Scheffler’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41
Whether or not Scotty Scheffler takes home a win at the 2022 PGA Championship, he’s already clinched the title of hypiest watch on the tour thanks to this Rolex with an unmissable “Coral Red” dial. Launched in summer 2020, the red-dialed OP (along with Tiffany blue and yellow versions) quickly became one of the hottest and hardest-to-buy pieces in the Rolex lineup. Anyone looking to grab a colorful Oyster Perpetual in 2022, however, will have to bid for it (and can expect to pay up to 10 times the original $5,900 retail price), since Rolex recently quietly discontinued them earlier this year. And yeah, LeBron’s got one too.
Tommy Fleetwood’s TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition
While golfers are increasingly rivaling NBA All-Stars and F1 drivers with their watch collections, most still don’t wear a timepiece on the links. Tommy Fleetwood’s TAG Heuer Connected, however, is more than just a stylish timepiece. In addition to its fairway-inspired green and white color scheme, the latest edition of TAG Heuer’s luxury smartwatch provides club recommendations, keeps score, and uses Drive Shot Tracking to flawlessly detect your first shot on each hole. Add the TAG Heuer Golf smartphone app into the mix and you’ll be equipped with detailed 3D maps of 40,000 golf courses—handy whether you’re prepping for the Tour championship or just dusting off your clubs for the first round of the season.
John Cena’s Rolex Explorer II
As he continues to muscle in on The Rock’s most-lovable-wrestler-turned-actor territory, the titular star of HBO Max’s Peacemaker is doing things his own way. To wit: where Dwayne Johnson—like a bunch of other guys who look like they can rip a phone book in half—loves his collection of Panerai dive watches, Cena showed up in a relatively understated Rolex Explorer II. A sturdy field watch equipped with a GMT function and a crisp white dial, the explorer is built to stand up to arctic expeditions, but it’s still sophisticated enough to look right on the red carpet.