Fashion pieces used in movies say a lot about the characters and can contribute to the way the story unfolds. While some movie characters wear iconic costumes that make them identifiable at a glance, some accessories can be so subtle that viewers might have to rewatch the movie to notice them or appreciate how they impact storytelling. One of these accessories is timepieces.
Watches are commonly used on the silver screen. In fact, some of the greatest timepieces have made cameos in James Bond, Apollo 13, Apocalypse Now, and other blockbuster hits. A watch that has recently created a buzz is the one worn in the John Wick film series: the Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate.
John Wick’s watch
The Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate is as classy as Keanu Reeves, the actor playing the part of John Wick. This timeless model was inspired by classic dress watches of the 1960s, which is the same decade that produced the character’s Ford Mustang. At just 8.75mm thick, the Manero AutoDate is thin, making it not only perfect for action-packed scenes but also black-tie events.
At a glance, this three-hand model displays the time and date. The display is housed in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 38 millimeters. The mechanism can be admired through its transparent sapphire caseback. Additionally, it has an elegant white dial featuring index hour markers and silver-tone luminescent hands. It is finished with a black alligator leather strap.
What makes this luxury watch action-ready—and very suitable for a legendary assassin like John Wick—is its reliable automatic caliber and scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Furthermore, it is powered by the CFB 1965 caliber automatic movement, is water resistant up to 30 meters and boasts a 42-hour power reserve.
Although the Carl F. Bucherer Manero is visible in the entire movie, it’s creatively incorporated into the storyline, never feeling like heavy-handed product placement or forced advertisement. For instance, John Wick subtly checks the time during fight scenes. Though the timepiece can be seen, John Wick wears it on the inside of his wrist. According to Chad Stahelski, the movie’s co-director, the character wears it that way to protect it during action-packed scenes, which is similar to how soldiers wear their watches when out in combat.
Carl F. Bucherer: About the brand
Swiss businessman Carl Friedrich Bucherer founded the brand in 1888. Known for minimalist watches, the company takes pride in being one of the few remaining Swiss watch manufacturers still owned by its founding family. Combining timelessness and cutting-edge technology to showcase fine watchmaking expertise, Carl F. Bucherer watches stand the test of time.
Carl F. Bucherer may be seen as a relatively new player in the film industry but there’s no denying that the luxury watch brand’s partnership with John Wick is considered one of the most successful movie collaborations to date.
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