Pierce Brosnan’s profession is an attention-grabbing one, and so are the watches which have accompanied him on his journey.
Born in 1953 in County Meath, Eire, he moved to London when he was 11. On the age of 20 he began his appearing schooling within the Oval Home, and later went to the Drama Middle in London. He carried out on stage in a number of West Finish productions, however his profession actually took off when he moved to Los Angeles in 1982. There he was forged as Remington Steele within the NBC tv collection of the identical title.
Initially, the present’s namesake was deliberate as a small sidekick position, however Brosnan’s character proved to be so in style with viewers that from season two he turned one of many main figures.
Remington Steele’s selection
Remington Steele was a refined, higher class detective, nearly a little bit of a dandy, and his selection in watches actually suited the position. He wears two of them very prominently in numerous episodes. The primary is a yellow gold, black-dialed Rolex Cellini on a black strap (see Does Rolex Make Dress Watches? The Cellini Range Answers That With A Resounding Yes).
It is a fashionable and understated selection that goes very effectively along with his three-piece fits. Nonetheless, I’ve but to establish precisely which reference it’s. It’s totally stunning what number of books and articles have been devoted to the historical past of assorted Rolex fashions, whereas virtually totally excluding probably the most elegant of Rolex’s wristwatches.
Remington Steele’s different selection was THE watch of the 1980s: the Cartier Panthère. The extraordinarily in style Panthère featured Cartier’s Figaro bracelet and was out there with one, two, or three rows of gold hyperlinks with the remaining in brushed stainless-steel or full gold. It was additionally out there in full stainless-steel.
Remington Steele wore the model with three rows of gold hyperlinks, at present among the many rarer Panthère configurations (see Why Is The Panther Cartier’s Pet Animal? Thank Jeanne Toussaint).
Tai-pan, Bond, and different Cartier fanatics of the early 1990s
At this level in his profession it appeared that Brosnan actually loved carrying Cartier. In 1988, he starred within the mini-series Noble House, primarily based on the novel by James Clavell. Enjoying tycoon Ian Dunross, he’s the tai-pan (a senior enterprise govt in China or Hong Kong) of worldwide buying and selling firm Struan. Right here he might be seen carrying a yellow gold Pasha de Cartier on a strap.
There’s additionally a yellow gold Pasha de Cartier round his wrist in 1994 when he signed to grow to be James Bond the primary time.
The “first” time? Sure, as a result of Pierce Brosnan was initially imagined to comply with Roger Moore within the succession of Bond actors. NBC had determined to cease Remington Steele in 1986, leaving Brosnan free to take action. Nonetheless, as quickly as he signed on all of the press surrounding it elevated the general public’s curiosity in Remington Steele, and NBC determined to proceed the present and preserve Brosnan tied to a clause in his contract for an additional season. This, in fact, meant dropping the position of James Bond to Timothy Dalton, whereas Remington Steele solely accomplished a brief closing season of six episodes as an alternative of the traditional twenty-two.
Fascinating is that the 2 gold Pashas he wore on this period are usually not the identical watch. In Noble Home he wears the one with the graceful bezel, however when he signed on for James Bond he wore the later mannequin with diver’s bezel. Presumably, his style advanced over through the years – or the one in Noble Home was truly instructed and offered by the prop division and Brosnan favored it a lot he obtained one in all his personal.
The Bond period
Beginning with 1995’s GoldenEye two issues occurred: Brosnan lastly turned James Bond, and Omega acquired the rights to grow to be the official watch provider to the James Bond franchise.
Their selection was the Omega Seamaster Professional, initially the quartz model, however in a while the automated Chronometer model. A brand new legend was born, and rumors have it that the gross sales of the Omega Seamaster elevated tenfold.
All through his profession because the world’s most well-known undercover agent, Brosnan would put on the Seamaster Skilled. Brosnan was additionally concerned with Omega privately as an envoy, showing on ads that includes the Omega Dynamic and Constellation fashions.
Though that involvement ended when he stopped taking part in Bond after his fourth flip because the agent in 2002’s Die Another Day, he nonetheless appears to be fairly keen on the Omega Seamaster Skilled and is steadily seen within the gossip pages carrying it, particularly on extra informal events.
Different wrist props
Nonetheless, Brosnan’s love of watches clearly went additional than Omega and Cartier.
In 1999, he starred in The Thomas Crown Affair, a remake of the 1968 film of the identical title that includes Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Co-starring alongside Rene Russo, Brosnan is Thomas Crown, a rich businessman who’s so bored he amuses himself with stealing artwork.
Within the film, Brosnan seems to be carrying a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo. The watch is prominently seen in numerous scenes, however in the event you get an opportunity to take a look at it in close-up you’ll discover that model and mannequin title have been faraway from the dial.
This was in all probability as a result of Brosnan was nonetheless underneath contract with Omega. Since he was nonetheless underneath contract as James Bond as effectively, he was additionally not allowed to put on a full tuxedo in some other film – which is why at a Bulgari-sponsored ball within the film his bow tie is unfastened and his shirt is partially unbuttoned.
In 2004, now not sure by contract to Omega, he had a number of enjoyable in After The Sunset with Woody Harrelson. On his wrist is a Panerai Luminor Reference PAM 00091 that not solely will get beneficiant display time, however can also be mentioned on a number of events within the film.
One of many different main roles in that film was performed by Salma Hayek, who in 2009 married François-Henri Pinault, chairman of Kering, a conglomerate that now owns amongst different manufacturers Girard-Perregaux, Gucci, and Ulysse Nardin.
Private watches or not?
It’s at all times a bit unclear whether or not Brosnan wears his private watches on display or not, however it most actually appears that method to me. On a number of events he was seen carrying a gold Girard-Perregaux Classic 1945 previous to carrying it on display within the 2012 film Love is All You Need.
Nonetheless, when the film performed on the 69th Venice Movie Pageant in 2012, Brosnan arrived carrying one other stunning watch: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime in 18-karat pink gold.
Whereas his ardour for advantageous watchmaking isn’t essentially too clearly outlined to most people, it turned quite a bit clearer as soon as he met Peter Speake-Marin, who helped him put together for his position within the 2015 Hollywood movie Survivor. On this movie his character is a watchmaker . . . and successful man.
In line with Brosnan’s Instagram account, the impartial English watchmaker dwelling in Switzerland and the famend Irish film star hit it off instantly, with Brosnan no longer solely noticed usually on the pink carpet with a Speake-Marin Resilience on his wrist, but additionally formally appearing because the model’s official ambassador (see Confirmed: Pierce Brosnan New Ambassador for Speake-Marin).
Apparently, along with his colourful profession got here an array of spectacular watches, each on and off display – kind of the identical method some Hollywood stars are inclined to fall for his or her main women throughout filming.
Is that this a practice Brosnan will proceed to hold on? Perhaps with a Speake-Marin on his wrist within the long-expected sequel to the Thomas Crown Affair?
Time will inform!
* This text was first revealed on August eight, 2016 at The On- And Off-Screen Watches Of Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan.