Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.
We’re used to talking about Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Marvel’s indestructible God of Thunder, but he’s promoting a new type of project this week. His new show Limitless, sees him opening up about a genetic disposition to Alzheimer’s, defying—and confronting—death, and discovering ways to live a healthier and fuller life.
At a screening for Limitless, Hemsworth paired a popped-collar coat with a sparkling version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The Royal Oak is the big birthday boy in the watch world this year—it just turned 50—so AP has been rolling out one special edition after another. But it’s hard to argue with Hemsworth’s decision to go with a classic version. Hemsworth’s Royal Oak comes in pink gold with a chronograph and subdials made out of even more pink gold.
This isn’t Hemsworth’s first brush with watch greatness, either. Earlier this year he wore what we described as the “thin but powerful” Bulgari Octo Finissimo, and he was also spotted with one of my favorite new releases of 2022: the Rolex Day-Date made from a platinum heavier than whatever Mjölnir’s made out of. What his watches have in common is they are all new takes on old favorites. That description kinda fits Hemsworth, too: a hunky action star with godly abs remade for the modern age.
Reports indicate that shouldn’t be much longer until Beckham is back on the field—potentially while wearing a watch. (Odell, if you’re reading this, please come back to the New York Football Giants.) For now, we won’t have to settle much watch-wise. The Super Bowl champion sat courtside wearing the very pretty rose-gold “Root Beer” GMT with a black-and-brown dial.
The GMT comes in many different styles, including 2 Chainz’s you-could-see-it-from-space Pepsi. To recreate the watch’s beloved red-and-blue bezel, Rolex used 18 sapphires and 18 rubies. Even the dial is set with diamonds, which, if you really want to stretch this soda metaphor, are effervescent like the freshly poured drink of a new generation. Call this one the “Crystal Pepsi.”
The iconic Royal Oak is the perfect choice for when: you’re more than you bargained for, when you’re going down, down in an earlier round, for when you’re number one with a bullet, and for when you’re in attendance at the 2022 GQ Men of the Year Party.
You, an uneducated swine: I love Glen Powell’s gold watch.
Me, a beautiful genius: I love Glen Powell’s Speedmaster, the first watch on the moon, made out of Omega’s proprietary 18K yellow gold alloy that’s designed to resemble the cheesy shine of the moonlight against a pitch-black night sky.