This is WATCH THE WATCH, a new series uncovering the most iconic watches seen on screen. From cult classics to new releases, we uncover the cinematic presence behind the cameras. In this week’s edition, we pay tribute to Angelina Jolie’s Omega in the 2010 thriller, Salt.
It was the week where Angelina Jolie broke the greatest fashion faux pas of them all: the outfit repeater. And frankly, high time too. Walking the red carpet for her latest action-adventure film Eternals, directed by Nomadland‘s Chloe Zhao. The return of Jolie on the carpet also saw her joined by her children at the premiere, whereby her children upcycling Jolie’s old awards wardrobe with Zahara wearing an Elie Saab couture gown worn by the female lead at the 2014 Oscars and Shiloh sported a reworked version of a Gabriela Hearst.
As Jolie made headlines for her more eco-conscious outlook on the carpet, we’re throwing it back to Jolie’s role as the lead character, Evelyn Salt in the duly titled Salt. Playing the role of a CIA officer, Salt’s loyalty to her duty and country is put to the test. Now a fugitive, Salt must use every skill gained from years of training and experience to evade capture, but the more she tries to prove her innocence, the more guilty she seems.
A mistress in disguise, Evelyn Salt transforms into numerous roles throughout, with a handful of wigs to match each persona. Which makes sense that Jolie can be spotted wearing two different Omega Constellation models to add some extra versatility when it comes down to the detailing of each performed identity.
Amongst her many facades, Jolie can be spotted wearing an Omega Constellation Double Eagle Mission Hills World Cup special edition of the Double Eagle, with two outlined subdials, engraved roman numerals in the black bezel, the titanium case with black buttons, and the black rubber strap. A dramatic iteration of Omega’s Constellation line, the model boasts dials that offer 30-minute and 12-hour recorders, a small second dial and a date window, all enclosed by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the latter more essential to Salt, seeing as she’s hanging off the side of buildings and car rooftops.
Boasting 52 hours power reserve for life on the run and 10 bar water resistance – that’s an 100 metre plunge into water and still working – the timepiece also features its famous “Griffes”, or claws, and striking dials. What’s proves fascinating about the choice of Omega Constellation is the evolution since its inception in 1952, launched as an elegant watch for formal dress wear, before assuming the role as a leading sports watch in the 1980’s.
The most prominent change came in 1982, when Omega started producing the Constellation Manhattan. Four claws were added to the fixed bezel, two on each side at 3 and 9 o’clock, quickly becoming the distinguishing features of the Constellation collection. But these claws are purely ornamental; jewelers usually use them to set gemstones. Another characteristic detail of this collection is the five-pointed star on the dial above 6 o’clock. This feature debuted on the first model in 1952 and is a symbol of the watch’s quality and prestige as a chronometer. I
Best not to give yourself away by wearing only one watch, right? In a more softer and subtle approach, Salt wears an Omega Constellation again, except this time with a much smaller dial of 28mm in 18K Sedna™ gold and stainless steel model features a bezel engraved with Roman numerals, white mother-of-pearl dial and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The hands, OMEGA logo, Constellation star and indexes are also in 18K Sedna™ gold.
On the contrary to her mechanical model, this quartz version offers a staggering 48 months battery life – apt for a woman on the run – maximizing the autonomy of not only her watch, but her agility as a high-performing agent, proving her commitment to her country.