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The Cannes Film Festival is not only a great celebration of cinematic excellence, but also an occasion for celebrities to show off their unique style and preferences. Amidst the glitz and glamor of the event, the red carpet saw a number of remarkable watches adorn the wrists of famous actors and personalities. And as with any major event, we at IWS couldn’t wait to share with you the more unique watches we’ve unearthed. Let’s take a walk through the world of the finest timepieces and explore the watches worn during the Cannes Film Festival 2023.
Madds Mikkelsen – Chopard LUC Perpetual Twin
Renowned actor Madds Mikkelsen paid homage to the Cannes Film Festival with his presence, exuding elegance and sophistication. Gracing his classic ensemble was the Chopard LUC Perpetual Twin watch on his wrist. The watch, made by the esteemed Swiss brand, boasts a refined design with a steel case and black alligator leather strap. The perpetual calendar complication adds functionality to its timeless appeal, making it an appropriate choice for Mikkelsen’s distinguished style.
Harrison Ford – Breitling Aerospace Avantage E79362
Legendary actor Harrison Ford made a dramatic statement at the Cannes Film Festival by choosing the Breitling Aerospace Avantage E79362. This unusual timepiece combines robustness with technological innovation, reflecting Ford’s adventurous spirit. Don’t be fooled by appearances, what looks like a dated steel watch has a much more innovative soul than you think. Indeed, the titanium case and bracelet guarantee a long life, while the chronograph and dual time functions meet the needs of a globetrotter like Ford.
Paola Turani – Patek Aquanaut Lady white 5267/200A
Italian influencer and model Paola Turani conquered the Cannes red carpet with her grace and style. On her wrist we find a sporty but refined Patek Aquanaut Lady white 5267 / 200A. The case in stainless steel, while the bezel set with diamonds. The white strap and dial add a touch of summer freshness. This watch bears witness to Patek Philippe’s mastery of combining refinement and sportiness. Even if we definitely prefer other models from the Genevan manufacture.
Ethan Hawke – Piaget’s Altiplano High Jewelry
Acclaimed actor Ethan Hawke definitely stole the show at the Cannes Film Festival with his refined Piaget Altiplano High Jewelry. The timepiece boasts a stunning 18K white gold case embellished with baguette-cut diamonds, demonstrating exquisite craftsmanship. His ultra-slim profile adds to his allure, making him a symbol of elegance and precision that fits perfectly with Hawke’s charismatic presence. Bonus tip: The Piaget Altiplano was the thinnest watch in the world before being surpassed by the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra and later the Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari.
Michael Douglas – TAG Heuer Carrera Day-Date Blue
Veteran actor Michael Douglas walked the Cannes red carpet with his unmistakable allure, accentuated by the TAG Heuer Carrera Day-Date Blue watch on his wrist. The elegant blue dial, stainless steel case and bracelet exude timeless appeal, while the day-date complication adds practicality to its design. Tag Heuer is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Carrera and the more we see this watch the more we like it. A bright pink version was also launched in May 2023 which our Edoardo has taken. At first we laughed about it, but now I want to too…
Hirokazu Kore’eda – Chanel J12 black ceramic
Acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda made the Cannes Film Festival wearing a Chanel J12. This elegant timepiece features a black ceramic case and bracelet, exuding a sense of modernity and style. The monochrome aesthetic and understated elegance of the J12 blend seamlessly with Kore-eda’s minimalist approach to storytelling. The J-12 was one of the fashion company’s most successful designs.
Xavier Dolan – Bulgari Octo Finest titanium
There is a bit of Italy in this selection, thanks Xavier. The multifaceted director and actor Xavier Dolan walked the Cannes red carpet with the Bulgari Octo Finissimo watch in titanium. This timepiece, known for its elegant design and above all its thickness, integrates perfectly with Dolan’s avant-garde fashion choices. The titanium case and bracelet, combined with the ultra-thin profile, make it a perfect marriage between contemporary elegance (which remains sporty) and technical prowess.
Iris Knobloch – Rolex Datejust 31 ref. 278248
If you don’t know who we’re talking about, we’ll help you. Iris Knobloch has been President of Warner Bros France, WornerMedia France and since 2023 she holds the role of President of the Cannes Film Festival. Mrs. Knobloch gave a touch of yellow at the Cannes Film Festival by choosing the Rolex Datejust 31 ref. 278248 as a wristwatch. The gold case and bracelet exude timeless elegance, while the champagne dial adds panache to the watch.
Alejandro Nones – Chopard Imperial Tourbillon Baguette
Venezuelan actor Alejandro Nones walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival with a watch that hardly goes unnoticed, the Chopard Imperial Tourbillon Baguette. This exceptional timepiece combines intricate watchmaking craftsmanship with equally extraordinary goldsmithing technique. Baguette-cut diamonds are set on the white gold case and on the edge of the dial. At the center of the dial, the protagonist is the hypnotic tourbillon complication, surrounded by brilliant diamonds in different cuts. Nones’ choice for this exquisite timepiece reflects his appreciation for the finer things in life. However, unlike the one in the photo, the one he is wearing is equipped with an alligator strap.
The 2023 Cannes Film Festival saw a display of horological brilliance as celebrities walked the red carpet with their exquisite timepieces. From the classic elegance of Chopard and Rolex to the avant-garde design of Piaget and Bulgari, each watch chosen by these celebrated personalities showcased their personal style and elevated their red carpet ensembles. While the festival celebrated cinematic excellence – something we are particularly attached to – we found fascinating watches. Which is your favorite? Have we lost any?