Robert Downey Jr.

Like about half the population, I just got back from seeing Avengers: Endgame. It’s goddamn fantastic and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise. While I’m tempted to throw up a few spoilers – come on, by the time this is in print it’ll have been out a solid month – but I won’t. Instead, we’re here to discuss its star, the man whose rendition of a billionaire playboy philanthropist all but founded the Marvel Extended Universe: Mr Robert Downey Jr.

DB28T Rose Gold
De Bethune DB28T Rose Gold

Tony Stark likes to spend, whether that’s on clifftop Malibu mansions or the occasional cutting-edge weapons system. It’s why on screen he’s worn Bulgaris and, like his equally-goateed rival, a Jaeger-LeCoultre. While not on set however the actor manages to kick things up a notch or two. RDJ has seriously good taste in watches. His eternal horological favourite seems to be a bold choice, but then Urwerk is a nice fit for an actor so closely associated with a metal man. His UR-111C Black Cobra is a regular co-star and pretty hard to miss. It shows an appreciation for the unique, independent style of watchmaking that we can very much get on board with.

Robert Downey Jr - Urwerk
Robert Downey Jr.’s UR-111C Black Cobra

That said, more recently Urwerk has had some competition for Downey Jr’s wrist real-estate from another cool independent: De Bethune. He was wearing a pair of the manufacturer’s watches throughout the all-important Endgame press tour, both of which come from the DB28 collection, one of its most recognisable. They are, dare we say, a little more refined than his Urwerk, but still have the same, instantly-recognisable style RDJ obviously favours. More importantly, it’s the kind of brand he must have chosen to wear; De Bethune isn’t exactly on par with Rolex in the ambassadorial sponsorship game. This is a genuine appreciation of haute horology.

Oh, and if De Bethune and Urwerk weren’t enough, he’s also been seen wearing the phenomenal Greubel Forsey GMT Tourbillon. For collectors, it’s a watch that pretty much is the endgame. And anyway, the less said about RDJ’s dodgy Speedmaster the better.

More info at De Bethune’s website.