To mark the House of Gucci star’s birthday this year, we look back over Adam Driver’s impressive watch collection, on and off the red carpet, with a particular ode to Breitling.
It might have felt like everyday has been Adam Driver day of late, given that Instagram is functioning at the moment to gift us nothing more than House of Gucci content each day. T-minus 7 days, people. But today actually is the OG Adam Driver day as the actor celebrates his 38th birthday. To mark the occasion, spotlighting the upcoming Maurizio Gucci, and adding fashion-fuelled flames to the HOG fire, we’re spotlighting a selection of Driver’s haute horology collection.
Those in the time-telling know will be aware of Driver’s affinity for Breitling, joining the brand’s #SquadOnAMission campaign back in 2019, representing the Breitling cinema squad alongisde Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt, uniting the world of cinema with watchmaking. But Driver’s appreciation for Breitling wasn’t born out of brand affiliation and deals. His first nice watch one of the brand’s, Driver has since gone on to purchase a 77 Norton Commando 961 Café Racer MKII Breitling Limited Edition. To translate: a very impressive bike.
With an eye for fine watchmaking, we discover Driver’s favorite models both inside and outside of the Breitling brand. Blowing out 38 candles this year, we wait in anticipation to see if a new birthday watch rears its face sometime soon. We wait with bated breath (and for House of Gucci, obviously).
Kickstarting his collection, Driver opts for a modern variation of heritage sporting the Breitling Navitimer model. An evolution of the brand’s 1942 Chronomat, with a slide rule bezel (for the uninitiated, this means two scales, one stationary and one that rotates to help make calculations) Breitling began to supply onboard chronographs for the US air force in the late 1930s, making their name in aviation and in 1952, the brand updated the bezel to create the Navi.
The classic Navitimer features a generous 46 mm diameter – that’s big! – making its presence really known on the wrist. A transparent caseback reveals the chronometer-certified, high-performance self-winding chronograph caliber, Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01. In addition to the steel and steel & gold versions, this model is available in red gold. Some would argue it’s a pretty sizeable larger-than-life take on the legend.
Breitling Super Chronomat B01 44.
If you’re a newcomer to Breitling, you’ll soon learn there’s a functional story behind every model. The same goes for the Chronomat, originally launched in the era of shoulder pads and leg warmers, the electric ‘80s. Designed for aerobatic squadrons, the Super Chronomat is the antidote to subtlety with several ceramic inserts – on the bezel, on the chronograph pushers and on the crown – as well as a patterned rubber strap. A long story short: if you like big and bold, this one’s for you.
But it’s not all practical at Breitling. Introducing the Breitling Premier collection, first launched in the 1940s by Willy Breitling during the Second World War. Conversations in the watch world are often dominated by talks of tools and function, but the Premier was the brand’s first-ever watch dedicated to style. Featuring elegant details and modern-retro touches, the model was created to view time in a more leisurely and elegant way. The collection includes a choice of chronographs, a day-date version and classic time-only watches with a small seconds dial, but it’s really he Premier B01 42 that takes the biscuit as the the flagship watch in the collection and uses Breitling’s in-house B01 chronograph calibre, offering 70 hours of power reserve.
Breitling Premier B01 Norton Edition
Same same, but different, Driver also sports a Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42, but this time, it’s the Norton Edition. Whose Norton you ask? A leading British motorcycle manufacturer. It makes sense that if you’re going to have the Norton bike, you may as well go all out and get the watch too, right? This chronograph reflects the innovative and adventurous streak in both brands. Peep the raw brown leather-strap contrasting with the black dial and distinctive Norton logo engraved on a plate on the left side of the case. For the logo maniacs amongst us, this might be for you, with a transparent caseback featuring an inscription of the Norton motorcycle and logo.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Stop the press, it’s not a Breitling. Harking back to 1931, Rolex patented a self-winding watch movement, whereby a watch functioned through the means of a rotor through weight. In essence, you move your wrist, you move the weight in order to wind the mechanism. Thus, the word ‘perpetual’ came in for the perpetually winding motion. So where do aphrodisiacs come into the mix? Well, as time ticked on and technology advanced, to fit new features into the watch, the case needed to be deeper and more spacious, like the dip of an Oyster. The first documentation with true indication of the first Oyster Perpetual model was in 1950 when the Oyster Perpetual made its first appearance, becoming one of the most popular watches of today. Here, Driver is pictured wearing a blue dial 39mm case, now discontinued by the brand to be replaced by 41mm. Practically vintage.
And last but not least, the humble Omega. Not known for its short name, the Omega Speedmaster Date Michael Schumacher Racing was born out of the brand’s keen interest in motor racing in the 1990’s. At the time, brand ambassadors included Ralf Schumacher and Michael Andretti. Becoming an Omega ambassador in 1996, this Michael Schumacher edition ran as a Limited Edition run of 11,111 pieces world-wide, designed to commemorate his Grand Prix victory in 2001.