Call it self-awareness, sensitivity to the moment or both, but none of the stylish gents in attendance at Sunday night’s Golden Globes accessorized their tuxedos with a particularly flashy watch. Don’t get us wrong, the timepieces on display were unquestionably luxurious examples of hardworking horology. But a vintage gold Rolex Submariner, a la Justin Theroux, is hardly of the order of the $1 million diamond-covered work of extravagance Nick Jonas wore to last year’s ceremony.
That might be because of the casual and somewhat restrained nature of the 2021 proceedings. With a live audience full of essential workers, thanked profusely by winners and presenters alike for their efforts to combat the pandemic, and hoodie-clad A-listers Zooming in from their homes, the event often felt more like an after-work virtual happy hour than a full-throated awards-season show. So perhaps donning the kind of watches that feel approachable to those who aren’t quite masters of the universe yet was the right move.
Dan Levy — Cartier Santos
Levy’s ultra-modern, day-glow yellow look from Valentino Couture found a classic counterpoint in the stainless steel Cartier Santos watch on his wrist. The Santos, a descendant of what some consider the world’s original wristwatch, is exactly the kind of grounded throwback a bold menswear move like this needs.
Leslie Odom Jr. — Bulgari Octo Roma
The One Night in Miami star also donned Valentino—and accessorized his look with stainless steel and rose gold Bulgari Octo Roma on a brown alligator-skin strap. Like many of the other nominees and presenters, Odom Jr. sent in some images of himself to make up for the absence of a red carpet.
Nicholas Hoult — Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso
The star of The Great chose a Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso, a horological classic if there ever was one, to complement his double-breasted velvet tuxedo from Giorgio Armani. When the next post-vaccine gala season rolls around, don’t be surprised if you see young donors accessorizing their formalwear with sharp t-shirts, too.
Josh O’Connor — Bulgari Octo Finissimo
The actor, who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for his stint as Prince Charles in The Crown, paired his Loewe look with a restrained and slender stainless steel watch from Bulgari’s Octo Finnisimo line.
Justin Theroux — Rolex Submariner
Justin Theroux’s gold Rolex Submariner, paired with trimly tailored Yves Saint Laurent and jewelry from Cartier, was reportedly made in 1971—the same year he was born. There’s a romantic quality to owning a watch that’s been ticking as long as you have, which makes it one of our favorites from the evening.