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All The Icons That Stepped Down The Oscars Red Carpet

The run-up to this year’s Oscars was the most politically charged since the last one. Perhaps that’s why, outliers aside (hello Billy Porter) so many stars opted for a very traditional take on black tie. Classic, without the twist. When you’re walking on eggshells, sometimes it's best do it in clothing that doesn’t shout and scream.

The same was true of the watches worn at this year’s ceremony. The trend was for timeless elegance, from Rami Malik’s Pasha de Cartier Collection watch to Antonio Banderas’s automatic titanium Bulgari Octo Finissimo. These were models that would look right at any Oscars, at any time. The event is sponsored by Rolex, and classics from its own catalogue were well represented by stars including Timothée Chalamet, who tweeted a line from Kanye West’s ‘Christian Dior Denim Flow’ about wearing a rose gold Day-Date (‘ROSE GOLD PRESIDENTIAL ON MY BONY WRIST’), and Spike Lee, who wore one of Rolex’s best recent releases: a circa-2018 rose-gold GMT-Master II.

All The Icons That Stepped Down The Oscars Red Carpet

Yes, the awards were nice. But we're there for the shiny golden timepieces, instead

From Esquire