Actor Clive Owen has a rare ability to look tailored and refined even whilst fighting thugs on the silver screen. At the same time, he could be wearing the most tasteful suit and never look pretentious. This is why we’re not surprised to see Owen sporting a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon at a fundraiser for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.
The Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon is the horological equivalent of a secret handshake that lets one navigate through all levels of society with a knowing wink and nod. The JLC ambassador looked quite at ease dressed in a classic slate gray suit, crisp white shirt and blue tie as he effortlessly mingled with royals like Princess Beatrice of York and polo player Eduardo Novillo Astrada (as well as the less rarified Monica Lewinsky).
Introduced in 2012, the time-only tourbillon is the antithesis of showboating. Housed in a reasonably sized 40mm rose gold case, this timepiece features a manufacture-made automatic calibre made up of 262 distinct pieces.
Unlike most tourbillons, the Master Ultra Thin has no crazy complications. The clean eggshell face, gilt indices and dauphine hands make it even easier to tell the time. A classic alligator strap provides yet one more element of refinement. Like Owen’s character in Spike Lee’s bank heist movie Inside Man, the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon is cool, calm and collected.