As Max Verstappen crossed the line first (again) in Abu Dhabi to draw a curtain on the most predictable F1 season ever, thank goodness for Chris Hemsworth and his brothers – who were largely responsible for raising pulses and adding some much needed adrenaline down in the pits. Indeed, the sight of Liam, Luke and Chris Hemsworth trackside was arguably the most eventful thing to happen after lap one where Charles Leclerc tried in vain to get past Verstappen to leave the result of the race in little doubt – a win for the flying Dutchman for a record 18th time of the season.
But it wasn’t just the mere sight of the Hemsworths that attracted attention – the all gold AP Royal Oak on Chris’s wrist was impossible to miss. Specifically, it is the new 1017 ALYX 9SM limited edition chronograph that perfect replica Audemars Piguet UK dropped earlier in the year in collaboration with designer Matthew Williams. While Drake copped the OG (an all silver piece) back in 2020, Hemsworth is one of the first celebs to be seen wearing the latest gold iteration (a close second to rapper Gunna who wore the watch at GQ’s MOTY event earlier this month). It’s easy to see why Hemsworth is such a fan of the fashion-influenced luxury super clone watches; it’s a statement while also being quite understated, and it’s weighty on the wrist while also being rather dainty too.
Last year, at the premiere of his Netflix movie Spiderhead he was seen wearing a luxury fake Rolex Day-Date 40mm with the ice blue dial to match his shirt and steely baby blue eyes. Rolex lovers will know that the Day-Date with a smooth bezel was discontinued this year in place of a fluted bezel, but here Hemsworth’s cheap replica Rolex Day-Date appears to have diamonds all around the bezel, not dissimilar to one of Drake’s go-to Rolexes. It’s a baller move for the Australian actor, albeit not out of character when you consider some of his other recent watch choices.
We’ve also spotted him in an 18-carat rose-gold and navy 41mm aaa quality replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, as well as another Gerald Genta designed classic, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton. Fast becoming a new favourite among A-listers, and spotted on Cristiano Ronaldo, John Legend, Bradley Cooper, Idris Elba, David Gandy (amongst many others), the Octo Finissimo’s angular octagonal case, mind bendingly thin case measuring just 1.8 mm, means it looks as though it belongs on the set of a sci-fi film rather than the red carpet. When it first appeared in the ’80s, the brainchild of the legendary Genta, it must have seemed as though it had been beamed in from another planet. This was fine watchmaking reimagined as cubist painting or brutalist architecture, and a total rejection of any traditional notions of haute horological elegance.
Adding the Alyx x Swiss movement copy Audemars Piguet UK to his collection not only shows breadth to his tastes, it also suits his physique slightly better than some of his other watches – because it’s solid gold but also a lot less complicated in style with a much sleeker dial. Today, if there’s anyone you can rely on to rock a surprising copy watch, it’s Chris Hemsworth.