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Famous watch collectors: Brad Pitt

Words by Meryl D'Souza

Apart from the classics, Brad Pitt owns several watches by independent brands you've probably never heard of.

It's fair to say Brad Pitt has a lot on his plate right now. With six children, three dogs and a combined worth of $385 million, his divorce from Angelina Jolie could be one of the messiest in Hollywood history.

Then there's the assets: the $5 million California home, the $60 million chateau in Provence, the $16 million home in west London, the $5 million home in New Orleans, the $40 million vineyard in Italy, to name a few. There's also a car collection, including a rare Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition.

But one thing that hopefully won't get split apart in the legal proceedings is Pitt's watch collection. You may not have realised it, but the Oklahoma-born actor is a real watch head, boasting a collection rife with luxury timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, A. Lange & Sohne and more.

But like his choice in movies, Pitt doesn’t always stick with the obvious; he diversifies. His favoured niche watch brands include Terra Cielo Mare and Red Monkey Designs. He's even gone as far as wearing independent names in his films.

Pitt wore a Red Monkey 2-5/8" Custom Watchband with his own vintage watch face in Ocean’s 13 and a Red Monkey Men's Classic watch with a white dial and a black leather strap in The Mexican. 

For World War Z he wore a Terra Cielo Mare Orienteering PVD watch - appropriate for a zombie apocalypse.

He also wore a TAG Heuer - of who he used to be a brand ambassador - Kirium for Moneyball. Legend has it he borrowed the watch from a member of the crew just hours before shooting began, as it fitted the time period and his character's personality perfectly. He went with TAG again for his film Babel, this time wearing a Carrera.

His collection of better-known, Swiss Made luxury watches includes the standard staples: Rolex’s GMT Master II, Submariner, Daytona and a Day Date. But you don’t make it into our famous watch collectors list by simply owning Rolexes and a few independent brands.

Cementing his place on the list is his Cartier Tank à guichet. For the non-horologists out there, this isn’t your regular Tank, Santos or Ballon Bleu. The model that features a jumping hour and a wandering minute indication was limited to just 100 pieces.

But the undisputed jewel in his watch safe – we assume he has one – is the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Going back to happier times, the Nautilus is a $300,000 watch that was gifted to him by soon-to-be ex-wife Angelina Jolie on the occasion of their engagement. Maybe that's the only piece that will feel some effect of their divorce.

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