Kanye West’s leather on leather combo showed you don’t have to stick rigidly to the dinner suit when attending the Oscars. It helps to accessorize with a Kim Kardashian on your arm as well.
For the more mortal A-lister, the black tux white shirt is standard uniform and the best available arm candy is a fine mechanical Swiss watch.
WatchPro had its eyes trained on the wrists (and Instagram accounts) of the stars, and spotted a few quality timekeepers peaking out from under their cuffs.
First up is Colin Jost (pictured top), who chose a classic TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 watch.
Perhaps influenced by the 50th anniversary for the square chronograph last year, or its historic links to the film industry thanks to Steve McQueen wearing it the Le Mans movie, the comedian arrived with a blue dial version on the same wrist nursed by Scarlett Johansson.
Star Wars star Oscar Isaac strode the red carpet with his film director wife Elvira Lind on one arm and an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition.
British actor Alfie Allen, best known as Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones, also went for an Omega.
He eschewed the current trend for sports watches being worn as dress watches, and opted for a blue dial Omega DeVille Prestige.
Trust the Brits to stick with a classic.
Still trying to confirm this one, but it looks like Elton John — a legendary watch collector — has pulled a customized Franck Muller from his safe.
In 2018, Sir Elton John kicked off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road in New York and to mark the occasion he worked with Bamford Watch Department to customize ten watches from his personal collection. We cannot find the exact example, but the tonneau shape and diamond encrusting look familiar.
One of our favorite looks, perhaps in appreciation of flashing his watch most expertly to the paps (blow kisses with your watch hands people!!), was Antonio Banderas, who strapped on an ultra slim titanium Bulgari Octo Finissimo automatic.
Another product of the Star Wars franchise, Adam Driver’s smoldering looks make him a is a dream for marketeers. Breitling’s will be delighted he strapped into a Premier Automatic 40 a steel case and silver dial on a black alligator strap then showed how good life can be with the correct timepiece with this picture shared on social media.
KA Apa of Riverdale fame was spotted on the way into the Vanity Fair after party giving a proper showing of his Montblanc Star Classique timepiece.
And finally we turn to New Zealander actor and director Taika Waititi, who gave a glimpse of what we (and Esquire magazine) assume to be a blue dial Panerai Luminor Due, a modern iteration of the Italian/Swiss watchmaker’s historic dive watch.
Check in for updates as we (and watch brands’ PR people) spot what’s on the wrists of the stars as they stroll in and stagger out of the after-Oscars parties.