Nicholas Hoult has the perfect watch for the Venice Film Festival red carpet
If you thought the Oscars were lavish, try the Venice Film Festival. As the birthplace of fabulous people that use the word 'fabulous' in every other sentence, Italian red carpets go hard. So it made perfect sense for Nicholas Hoult to go big on the haute horology, opting for a watch that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the diamonds of yet another European top model.
You can thank Jaeger-LeCoultre. As a marque at the apex of Swiss prestige, the 186-year-old brand is known for watches that hit a universal understanding of the word elegance, and Hoult's timepiece was no exception.
The Polaris Date Automatic is a blend of the contemporary, and the classic for which Jaeger-LeCoultre is so famed. That means a a steel case equipped with a calendar function, all mounted on a rubber strap more commonly seen on hardwearing dive watches. What's more, the piece takes direct inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris: a watch limited to a minute production run of 1,200, and one that could easily reach bids in excess of $15,000 at auction.
Which figures well for 2019's Polaris, too: a navy-hued version not yet out in the UK. But if you can't wait till its release, last year's black version iteration is available to buy now. And, as the old rulebook softens of late, there's no reason why it couldn't sit alongside the other dress watches at the top table. Or the next big Italian, feather-laden, ridiculously extravagant red carpet in Venice.