Superhero Swag: Three Watches To Wear NowWritten by Melissa Kong
Because you need to look good saving the day.
With Spider-Man Homecoming now screening, we couldn’t help but fix our eyes on the sexy beast that is the Urwerk UR-110 RG adorning the equally sexy Robert Downey Jr.’s wrist in his scenes as Tony Stark. Tough, mean and thoroughly innovative, this bad boy (the watch, not RDJ) is clad in titanium to keep it hardy yet light. It’s also got an 18K rose gold bezel and bright yellow accents on the dial.
As part of the UR-Satellite collection, this watch tells the time with orbiting satellite complications. The time is indicated on the right with a rotating cube showing the hours and a vertical line displaying the minutes from top to bottom. Dual turbines regulate the automatic winding system while the ‘oil change’ indicator tells you when the watch is due to be serviced.
If your style icon is Tony Stark, we’d recommend the HYT Skull Red Eye from 2015 (above) for a very obvious reason. This Iron Man doppelganger is HYT’s unique way of displaying the time via bellows and a liquid-filled capillary. The diameter of the tube measures less than one millimetre, requiring great skill and delicacy in shaping it. The bright red left eye is actually the seconds sub-dial while the red eye indicates the power reserve level.
Iron Man not quite your thing? Then channel your inner beast with the Rolex ‘Hulk’. This Submariner (more here) shares more than a moniker with Bruce Banner’s super strong alter ego; it’s decked out in a brilliant shade of green that, undoubtedly, is associated with the superhero. An emerald sunburst dial endows the watch with a beautiful metallic sheen that radiates with a different glow as it catches the light from various angles.
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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".