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As the biggest names of the international cinematic industry unite for their annual soiree, so did the biggest brands of watchmaking. The Oscars 2020 was no less than a Super Bowl for lovers of both film and horology.

These fine pieces of horology can be difficult to spot under the cuffs of tuxedos, but we’ve kept a close eye at these A-list celebrity wrists as they were spotted strutting down the red carpet or sipping champagne at the after party. Here are the best timepieces of the night.

Spike Lee’s Rolex GMT-Master II

Last year Spike Lee sported a fine Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, but this year he hit a different note in horology with a Rolex GMT-Master II. Being one of Rolex’s most iconic lines, the timepiece was a 2018, Rose Gold edition. The rest of his outfit, in terms of colour and motif, was a tribute to late LeBron James.

Taika Waititi’s Panerai Luminor

Taika has a flair of his own and it’s very prominent in his Oscar 2020 red carpet photo gallery. What else was unique? A Panerai Luminor on his wrist. Being a true professional watch rather than a piece of haute horology, the Luminor was brought into service by the Royal Italian navy when they needed a rigid and bold-dial timepiece in the second World War.

Antonio Banderas’ Bvlgari Octo Finissimo

Bvlgari has been pushing boundaries of watchmaking over the past couple of years in jewel-enrichment, precision, and design. Spearing-heading the ultra-thin watch genre, thanks to the Octo Finissimo, it made a red carpet appearance on the wrist of Antonio Banderas, we spotted this as he blew a kiss to the paparazzi.

Rami Malek’s Cartier Pasha de Cartier

Rami Malek’s classic black tux gets an equally throwback accessory in the shape of a vintage-inspired Pasha de Cartier ticker. At first glance itself, you can tell that this timepiece is simply a relic from a lost time. Unlike most Cartiers today, this piece certainly stands out amongst the square and stainless steel cases. Certainly an Oscar 2020 highlight.

Colin Jost’s Tag Heuer Monaco

Maybe a bit too sporty for a red carpet yet apt for a day at the track, Colin Jost wore an iconic Tag Heuer Monaco to the Oscars 2020. Now, this isn’t the perfect horological fit for a red carpet, but it sure as hell made a statement in style. Keeping up with its sporty DNA, the timepiece is equipped with an dual sub-dial chronograph and a date window at 6.

Elton John’s Frank Muller

One of our favorite looks of the nights and perhaps the most expertly flashed timepiece to the paparazzi was by Sir Elton John. Yet, it’s still unclear which horological edition the singer wore to the Oscar 2020 night. Nevertheless, it’s enriched from case to bezel in diamonds, keeping up to the wearer’s suave.

Mindy Kaling’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The only woman on this list is Mindy and she’s fittingly earned this spot. The queen of horology at Oscars 2020 was her, thanks to this bedazzling Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Nothing short of a crown of jewels, this AP timepiece is an absolute stunner as enriched with 498 brilliant-cut round diamonds.

Oscar Isaac’s  OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo

Going interstellar with this Moonwatch is Oscar Isaac. In stainless steel and a blackdial, here’s a textbook tuxedo timepiece you’ll never go wrong with. The brand’s history with the moon has been immortalized and they commemorated it last year. One of the special-edition watches features a drawing done in 18-carat gold of Buzz Aldrin disembarking Apollo 11.

All images: Courtesy brands & Getty Images

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.