Henry Golding has the only three classic watches you’ll ever need
Most watch enthusiasts get creative when it comes to traveling with their timepieces. One recent afternoon, Henry Golding took his growing collection to a cafe in Venice, Calif., Rolled up in ankle socks, which were crammed into a Tumi toiletry bag tucked away in an Arc’teryx tote bag. Not entirely surprising, considering the 34-year-old actor was once a travel show host whose watches had to hold up to travel up the Mekong. In fact, the host’s concert fueled his burgeoning obsession with watches – Golding spent an entire season’s salary to buy his first luxury watch, a Cartier Pasha. âI wasn’t too proud of that at the time,â he says. And then he had his big chance, a lead role in Rich and crazy Asians, and bought a Cartier tank.
You have a very Cary Grant-esque character, and all of your watches seem to me to be top-notch men’s watches. Were you aware of this when building your collection?
You know what it is? It is classicism. We are talking about a time when leading men were stoic, courageous, manly, but not toxic. Refined. Then in terms of choice of watches, these are the ones that will stand the test of time, which I will still wear in 30 years. I mean the flashiest watch I own is the [Patek Philippe] Nautilus. A lot of people see it and are like “Hey”. But the watch collector says, âOh, shitâ.
Should we think about the connotations of wearing a Nautilus before putting it on in the morning?
It’s really wrong to say that, but sometimes it’s a movement of power to wear this watch. If you go to those big meetings with CEOs, your watch is a statement. But the taste of watches is much more powerful than the price of a watch. So for me to get comfortable with these crazy hedge fund guys and wear my Nautilus, I feel like it gets more attention than having a crazy thing encrusted with diamonds. on your wrist.