FAST X: The watches of the Fast & Furious castZach Blass
The Fast & Furious films are a fun, perhaps, guilty pleasure for millions. The franchise is essentially a racing soap opera packed with fight scenes and plot-lines spiked with twist, turns and resurrections. I could probably put together a more in-depth intro here. But time is ticking. With such a large cast throughout the years, let’s race through 10 members and the watches they wear off-screen.
Vin Diesel: We need to get him into watches
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After a fair bit of digging, it would seem Vin Diesel is not particularly one to strap a watch to his wrist. But, I couldn’t help but reminisce back to when Brynn from Dimepiece pit me against him in a Cartier Tank Francaise-off.
Tyrese Gibson: RM and AP
Searching through the latest snaps of Tyrese, it would appear his absolute go-to is his Richard Mille RM 055 Bubba Watson Dark Legend. The limited edition of 88 pieces was exclusive to the Americas and, as its name suggests, was made in honour of golfer Bubba Watson and built to withstand a force of 5000Gs – appropriate considering it was meant to be worn while swinging a golf club.
You could argue Gibson has rather hype-beast taste, as another favourite of his would be his pink gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26470OR.OO.1000OR.01. Yes, they’re hype pieces, but I’m still jealous!
Ludacris: Hublot, Rolex, Patek
The rapper turned actor has an expansive watch collection, but this Hublot King Power Split Second Gold Pavé in King Gold with a diamond-set case and bezel is a particular favourite. The ref. 701.OX.0180.RX clocks in at a rather huge 48mm in diameter. Try to approach Ludacris and tell him the watch is too big, he will likely tell you to “Get Back”. Allegedly, the watch was gifted to him by fellow entertainer and watch collector Kevin Hart at a charity event.
At a Fast X premiere event, Ludacris opted for more casual luxury – with a steel Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167/1A on a black rubber strap peeking out from his olive-green jacket sleeve.
Like I said, Ludacris has an expansive collection and without a doubt he owns more watches than the three I am covering here. But, based on my research, in special moments, Ludacris can be seen wearing a vintage solid gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual. So, across these three pieces we see versatility: bling, casual and classic elegance. He has all bases covered.
Jason Statham: An absolute watch god
Is there anyone in this world that oozes more of a cool guy aura than actor Jason Statham? The man is not only an absolute action-film legend, but also a devout watch collector as well. He can be routinely spotted wearing his latest Patek Philippe – like this Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R.
His other go-tos are more under-the-radar vintage pieces from Rolex such as his Submariner ref. 5513.
Or, often, the coveted Daytona ref. 6263.
Sung Kang: Had his own Perrelet Limited Edition in 2016
I must confess, I never knew Sung King partnered with Perellet on a limited edition watch bearing his name: the Perrelet Turbine Sung Kang Limited Edition.
If I had a watch bearing my own name, I would probably make it a go-to daily – as narcissistic as that sounds. But Kang, throughout the Fast X press junket seems to have joined fellow cast mate John Cena with a Polar Explorer II.
The Rock: It doesn’t matter what the watches’ names are
The Rock is another famous figure that is no stranger to Time+Tide watch spotting. Like when we caught his IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar on the red carpet of Netflix’s Red Notice premiere.
Or when he was caught with a frosted gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph with a purple dial like an absolute baller (interestingly also worn by Kumail Nanjiani in the film Eternals).
But between all the IWC, TAG Heuer, and even AP watches you can catch him wearing – historically his heart lies with Panerai (as the manufacture’s CEO once detailed for us in an interview here).
Charlize Theron: No dainty watches for this badass
South African actress Charlize Theron is known to be an ambassador for Breitling watches, but once upon a time courtside the paparazzi snapped a shot of her wearing the heavy duty Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea. She appears to have the watch sized a little loose for her wrist, based on how far down the watch is sitting on her arm, but she has been spotted wearing the watch while enjoying some vacation time in the ocean as well – so she is wearing it more for its intended purpose than most people these days.
John Cena: You can’t see him, but you can see his love for Rolex
In his personal life Cena is clearly all about Rolex. You can often catch him, or at least the watch seemingly floating in the air (remember you can’t see him), wearing a 42mm Rolex Explorer II with a polar white dial.
Cena has often graced the couches of talk shows with his Rolex Daytona ref. 11650LN which was recently discontinued at Watches & Wonders upon the collection’s 60th anniversary.
The deepest cut of his collection has to be his blacked-out Rolex Milgauss though, joining the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Anthony Kiedis, Jeff Goldblum, and more who favour the customization.
Jason Momoa: Cool and classy with Cartier
Big man, smaller watch. After years of men thinking the bigger the watch, the better, recently gents like Jason Momoa are proving this antiquated line of thinking should be left in the 2000s. I think this Cartier Tank Louis Cartier XL Power Reserve in rose gold looks phenomenal on his wrist. Do not tell me otherwise.
Helen Mirren: The queen wears Omega
Befitting of a classy dame with a killer sense of humour, I am glad to see that Helen Mirren makes her go-to an Omega Constellation. I cannot be sure of the exact reference, but this underrated Genta-born collection deserves much more credit then it seems to be getting these days – at least on western shores.
If you are curious about the watches these actors may have wore in the films, you can check out Watch-ID’s assembled spots here.