Fine watches star at 2005 Oscar events

Movie stars weren’t the only faces in the spotlight at the 2005 Oscars ceremonies. A number of fine timepieces were, too, both at 77th Academy awards at the Kodak Theater, in Hollywood, and at Oscar events.

Jamie Foxx, winner for Best Actor for “Ray,” wore a specially-engraved $25,000 Hublot diamond-encrusted pink gold watch to the Los Angeles Confidential magazine Pre-Oscar party in his honor and in the week leading up to Sunday’s Oscar awards. For the Oscars ceremony itself, he wore the $57,000 platinum and diamond Aire Traveler watch, by designer Chris Aire.

Leading actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, star of “The Aviator,” wore Jaeger-Le Coultre’s one-of-a-kind $310,000 platinum Gyrotourbillon to the Feb. 27 movie awards event. (DiCaprio already owns the Swiss luxury brand’s Reverso Septantieme and the Master Compressor Geographic.)

Prestigious jeweler and watchmaker Chopard co-hosted entertainer Elton John’s “13th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party,” which benefits the Elton John Aids Foundation. Chopard donated watches from its new Elton John collection for an auction at the party, and is giving10% of the sales of the collection worldwide to the foundation.

Stylish Swiss watch brand Carl F. Bucherer, was a co-sponsor of the entertainment industry club Soho House’s Oscar Villa. The Villa provided invited guests a get-away place to relax, meet and retreat during Oscar week and Oscar night mayhem.

Among the treats which Academy Award nominees received in a pre-Oscar gift bag at the “World Style 2005” retreat were a $40,000 diamond-studded watch from Swiss-made Aquanautic and a $500 watch from designer brand Givenchy, is launching this year in the United States, distributed by SWI.