Robert Downey Jr. Rocks a Platinum Cartier Santos-Dumont to the Academy Museum Gala in L.A.

Robert Downey Jr. went platinum in the City of Angels last night.

On Sunday, the Academy Museum Gala was hosted in Los Angeles where acclaimed actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Henry Golding, and Robert Downey Jr., hit the red carpet. The third annual event was originally scheduled to take place in October but was pushed back after the Israel-Hamas war broke out in the Middle East. Actors Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, and Sofia Coppola were honored during the gala, but Downey Jr.’s wristwear was the real showstopper in our eyes.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 03: (L-R) Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey attend the 3rd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 03, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images)
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey attend the 3rd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California.

The veteran actor sported a limited-edition Cartier Santos-Dumont watch in platinum to the event. The striking 43 mm by 31.4 mm watch is rife with burgundy accents, from the dial to the strap, that double as a kind of ode to his Iron Man suit from the Marvel franchise. The piece’s elegant white dial provides an elegant contrast to the lacquered burgundy case (a first for the brand), alongside silver Roman numerals and a beaded crown set with a ruby cabochon. As one of just 150 examples, the large model watch features an engraved case back with the handwritten signature of Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian innovator who designed his first men’s watch for the brand in 1904.

Cartier unveiled the striking timepiece (Ref. CRWGSA0053) at Watches & Wonders last year. Aside from its good looks, the watch also offers the horological heft you’d expect from the brand. Inside, you’ll find Swiss watchmaker’s 430 MC, an ultra-thin, hand-wound movement, which run at a frequency of 21,600 vph, and provides a 36-hour power reserve. It also promises water resistance up to 100 feet.

Cartier accessories worn by the 'Iron Man' star at the Sunday night gala.
Cartier accessories worn by the Iron Man star at the Sunday night gala.

This Santos-Dumont is no longer produced, but it is available on the resale market for around $28,000. For his part, Downey Jr. appears to be something of a Cartier stan. In addition to the watch, he rocked a host of other accessories from the brand on Sunday, including a Love Motif lapel gem in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, Santos de Cartier cufflinks in sterling silver, a Cartier Tank Française ring in 18-karat white gold, and the Cartier Juste un Clou ring. Now that’s brand loyalty.

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