The 5 best watches of last week, from Lenny Kravitz’s Jaeger-LeCoultre to Robert Downey Jr.’s Cartier Santos-Dumont

By Rachel Cormack 15 December, 2023

Five celebs flaunted stylish watches on the streets last week

Two soirees on different sides of the Atlantic prompted A-listers to pull out all the horological stops last week.

The third Academy Museum Gala, which took place in Los Angeles, California on Sunday night, saw a bevy of Hollywood stars gussy up in elegant black-tie attire. Robert Downey Jr. was arguably the best-dressed gent at the stateside event, paring a monochromatic Givenchy outfit designed by Matthew Williams with a limited-edition Cartier Santos-Dumont. Lenny Kravitz, Taylor Perez, and Barry Keoghan also wore notable watches by Jaeger-LeCoultre, TAG Heuer, and Omega, respectively.

Across the pond, designers, models, and celebs gathered at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday for the annual British Fashion Awards. As you might expect, all the big names stepped out in dramatic designer looks.

Travis Scott didn’t attend either of the aforementioned events but rocked a cool custom take on his new Audemars Piguet model that watch enthusiasts will appreciate.

Below are the best celeb watch flexes of the week.

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Robert Downey Jr.: Cartier Santos-Dumont

What do you pair with Givenchy? Cartier. Robert Downey Jr. repped both respected labels at the third Academy Museum Gala on Sunday. Cartier unveiled the leading man’s striking Santos-Dumont (Ref. WGSA0053) at Watches & Wonders last year. As its moniker implies, the platinum timepiece is an homage to Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian innovator who designed his first men’s watch for Cartier in 1904. It features a 43 mm platinum case lacquered in burgundy (a first for the brand), an elegant white dial with silver Roman numerals, and a beaded crown set with a ruby cabochon. It also has the handwritten signature of Santos-Dumont engraved on the caseback. The model was limited to just 150 examples and is no longer produced. You can score one on the resale market for around $28,000, though.

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Lenny Kravitz: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Lenny Kravitz balanced a rather edgy leather look with an elegant Jaeger-LeCoultre for this year’s Academy Museum Gala. The “American Woman” singer’s new Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon (Ref. Q392242J) evokes classic 1930s models with a pared-down aesthetic and simple silver dial that allows the movement to take center stage. The reverse dial is bolder and more complex, with a partially skeletonized design and a black sunray-brushed dial. Released earlier this year, the newcomer will set you back $139,000. It’s basically two watches in one, though.

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Taylor Perez: TAG Heuer Carrera

Taylor Zakhar Perez donned some very new TAG Heuer wrist candy for the annual Academy Museum Gala. The Kissing Booth actor wore a modern riff on the first “glass box” Carrera from the 1960s. Released only this past October, the timepiece (CBS2240.FC8319) features a 39 mm case and dial made of solid 18-karat gold. Priced at $21,500 a pop, the luxurious take on the iconic racer has proved itself perfect for the red carpet.

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Travis Scott: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Travis Scott just unveiled a new chocolate take on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar that was inspired by his record label Cactus Jack. It’s cool, but not as cool as the one-off version the rapper wore to the AP party celebrating the collab. This special iteration is distinguished by a striking “rainbow” bezel that comprises some 32 multi-colored sapphires. It’s his and his alone, but you can get the brown edition for $201,000.

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Barry Keoghan: Omega Seamaster

Barry Keoghan of Saltburn fame picked the perfect Omega to complement his bold Givenchy look at this year’s Academy Museum Gala. The sleek Seamaster Planet Ocean’s almost monochromatic colorway pairs perfectly with the actor’s olive ensemble. The timepiece features a black ceramic case and a matching black bezel with a white enamel diving scale. The dial is also black ceramic and sports contrasting 18-karat white-gold numerals, indexes and hands, as well as a date window at 3 o’clock. Looks aside, the sturdy chronometer is water resistant to 600 meters (2,000 feet). Hey, Keoghan might want to go for a deep-sea dive in his free time. You can pick one up for $11,200.

This story was first published by Robb Report USA

Featured image by Cartier