The red carpet for the opening night gala of the father-son drama The Judge at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival was well attended, but the most charismatic star by far was Robert Downey Jr.—and his chic watch.
Suave, insouciant and a snappy dresser to boot, when Downey walks into a room (or in this case, a city park), you can’t help but take in every detail. In particular, the actor’s pink gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 timepiece was a hit. Launching in October, this watch is based on the original Geophysic, which was created in 1958 to celebrate JLC’s 125th anniversary and the world’s first International Geophysical Year. The Geophysic Senior was, at the time, the pinnacle of precision, but it was only produced for one year.
Now fast-forward 56 years to the Geophysic Junior. This 38.5mm watch is faithful to the original’s mid-century styling with its cross hair pattern dial and sword-shaped hands. Inside, the movement honors the spirit of the 1958 model’s innovation with an upgraded caliber 898/1 self-winding movement with a hacking seconds mechanism, a balance with micro-screws to allow for ultra-fine regulation and ceramic ball bearings all encased in an anti-magnetic cage. It’s also available in stainless steel and platinum.
But back to Downey Jr.’s megawatt presence: There’s an old acting trope that says a performer will gain more attention by staying still and focused as opposed to waving his arms in the air and jumping up and down. In its simplicity, the Geophysic has a similar star power.