Ben Affleck wears a custom Rolex Submariner and a rare Hermes Arceau L’Heure De La Lune in the same week
Before ‘Bennifer’, the greatest celebrity romance (re)match in history, was made official, Ben Affleck teased the tabloids in May by wearing what appeared to be the same Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex on a bracelet Chrome Hearts he wore in the “Jenny From The Block” video – a gift from his fiancée over 20 years ago. Swiss watchmakers Franck Muller of course had a huge celebrity following in the early 2000s, and we predicts a comeback for this brand which, alongside Richard Mille and Jacob The Jeweler, has helped shake up the stuffy world of fine watchmaking with top opulence and design flair over the years.
Time flies, and 20 years later, on their second honeymoon and what do we spy on Ben Affleck’s wrist? A skeletonized Rolex Submariner with all the innards exposed. Customized by none other than the craftsman from Artisan De Geneve, this unusual piece shows that he is not afraid to take risks when it comes to fine watchmaking wrist fantasies. Purists may disagree and Rolex considers any kind of customization a kind of vandalism, but as Affleck has shown previously with the Chrome Hearts X Franck Muller mix and match combo, these unusual remixes of the classics can be a really cool flex. , especially when you move in circles where everyone can have whatever type of watch they want. We mere mortals would never dare to play with a Submariner, the steel sports watch everyone else aspires to and the favorite of Che Guevara and Bruce Springsteen.
Earlier this week, Ben Affleck was spotted in Paris wearing the even more unusual Arceau L’Heure De La Lune from Hermès, the luxury brand best known for its women’s scarves and handbags. True to the brand’s creative and somewhat whimsical French sensibility, the watch features a pair of hour, minute and date discs floating on a mother-of-pearl twin moon dial. The result is one of the most creative and charming executions of a moon phase complication we have ever seen.
Affleck clearly has a taste for that sort of thing and it’s a treat to see something other than the usual Royal Oaks and Aquanauts procession of A-list celebrities.