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The following are some of the ways to get in touch with each other A celebrity wearing an extremely expensive and rare watchAll is well and good. Fun, even. But what’s even more striking is a celebrity wearing a $450 watch—i.e. We mortals may be able to buy a piece.

The celebrity in this case is Idris Idris ElbaThe watch on the wrist of the man was a Brew Metric. The acclaimed British actor appeared on the Chunkz & Filly Show on YouTube to speak about a campaign he’s involved with that helps spread awareness around and prevent knife crime—though of course there was plenty of light-hearted banter concerning a mutual love of football between hosts and guests. Elba’s gleaming steel wrist candy, however, caught us completely off guard.

The following are some of the ways to get in touch with each other: Brew MetricIt is a timepiece inspired by the 1970s with a bracelet and a clock. Powered by the VK68 Meca-Quartz movementIt is a battery-operated watch with retro looks, vibrant colors, and great proportions (36mm by 41.5mm). (MecaQuartz technology has semi-sweep second, which gives the watch a hybrid feeling that watch enthusiasts love.) Available in numerous colorways, Elba’s Retro Dial version is among our favorites.

Jonathan Ferrer, an industrial designer from New Jersey with a strong background in watch design and a knack to create affordable watches, is the man behind Brew Watches. Given that his father is a jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co. and his grandfather did the same for CartierOne would assume that Jonathan had taken a more conventional route and worked at a large maison. But after studying industrial design and interning at Movado, he bootstrapped a fresh “microbrand” in 2015 via a Kickstarter campaign. That’s how Brew was born.

Brew’s name is a reference to espresso culture, where timing the perfect pull is elevated to an art form. (Look at the dials of his watches and you’ll notice a special demarcation at 25-35 seconds for this precise reason.) Measuring said espresso pull via a watch is itself based upon the idea of the “telephone timer,” a scale dividing up the minutes register on certain vintage chronographs into 3-minute intervals, which are said to be used to measure long-distance telephone calls.

But let’s go back to Mr. Elba. Elba has of course been spotted with all manner of “watch guy” fare over the years—Rolexes, IWCs, Cartiers, etc. But he’s also been the face of Gucci’s watch division, which makes much more affordable models. To see him wearing such an affordable piece that also ticks all the “watch guy” boxes is a joy—and a true coup for a microbrand like Brew..

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked “Cactus Jack”

Zlatan Ibrahiovski, the great footballer, was spotted wearing one of the most notable releases in the last few months at a match between Udinese Calcio versus AC Milan this week. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked “Cactus Jack.” Designed by Travis Scott—the dial typography was copied directly from his handwriting—the watch is $200K worth of haute horlogerieMagic, featuring a perpetual calendar complicationWith an openworked dial, and a brown ceramic case. With its playful typeface and moonphase, sterling horological bona fides, and cool looks, it’s A watchIt looks right at home on one of the dominant strikers of this generation.

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Antoine Arnault’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6263

Vice-chairman Christian DiorAntoine Arnault was born in the family of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault. He is the oldest son. Spotted on his wrist this past week at Dior’s show during Paris Fashion Week was a favorite of the vintage watch world: the Rolex Cosmograph DaytonaReference 6263. Housed in a 37.5mm stainless steel case and produced from the early 1970s through 1987, this hand-wound version of the world’s most famous chronograph features screw-down pushers and the Valjoux 727 movement. Mr. Arnault’s, however, features a highly sought-after “tropical” dial, in which the black enamel has turned a uniform brown over time—technically a defect, this look has become highly collectible over the past few years.

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Pusha T’s Dior Chiffre Rouge

Pusha TThe brand loyalist at the Dior Men’s Fall 2024 show during Paris Fashion Week at École Militaire by strapping on the brand’s new Chiffre Rouge chronograph. Part of an Revived collectionWatch updates: Five new pieces Hedi Slimane’s original design by upping the “watch guy” pedigree: the chronograph version features an El Primero movement from Zenith, one of the most important calibers ever produced and groundbreaking for its automatic winding. The chronograph is 41mm matte black and features a triple register display, a 4:30 date, plus the red accents found on the handset, chrono reset buttons, and date windows that are part of the collection.

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Jacob Elordi’s Cartier Tank

Elordi’s been seen in a wide array of lovely Cartiers lately, perhaps none more compelling than the Black-dial TankHe wore last weekend on SNL. A Large-size Tank Louis Cartier, it’s a beautiful, modern version of a design that’s been kicking around for decades, and has largely come to define the idea of the dress watch alongside the Patek Philippe Calatrava. Housed in a solid yellow gold 25mm case and powered by a manually wound movement, its gleaming black dial and blue cabochon crown ooze “I have arrived” vibes—which Elordi certainly has.

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