Watches of Anthony Bourdain & Top Chefs

Celebrity chefs share a few things in common. The first of course is their discerning taste and exacting standards. The second is less obvious, but makes complete sense – their love of watches.

After all, a man who uses only well-engineered materials and the best ingredients in the kitchen will have abiding respect for the craftsmanship that goes into fine watches.

Here are the favorites of these chefs cum watch enthusiasts:

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Considered one of the most influential chefs today, Anthony Bourdain has made a profession out of understanding the appetites of others. The chef-turned-food-chronicler travels extensively for CNN’s Parts Unknown, so he prioritizes comfort and doesn’t wear any jewelry, or even a belt.

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Gordon Ramsay, Multi-Michelin star chef and MasterChef host, is best known for his blunt comments and wisecracks about contestants. If anything, it shows his passion about cooking and the food industry. Ramsay seems to hold the same standards for his watch collection, as he has only a few watches, but of top notch quality.

In his watch box are a vintage Rolex Submariner (which he reportedly spent $25,000 on), an Omega Bond Seamaster, and a citrus dial Breitling Cockpit Chronograph.

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Alton Brown is best known as the chef / scientist on Good Eats, where he discovers the origins of ingredients and dissects culinary customs. But what not many people know is that he is as much of a watch geek as he is a food geek – a passion that his father passed on to him as a child.

In his collection are some vintage pieces – a Rolex GMT-Master ref 6542, Rolex Submariner ref 1680 ‘Red Sub’, Rolex Submariner ref 6205, Tudor Submariner ref 7021 ‘Snowflake’, an Omega Seamaster Chronostop owned by his father, and his current favorite watch, an IWC Portuguese.

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Tyler Florence’s love affair with watches began as a teen, when he saved meager wages from his dishwashing job to buy every teenager’s dream – a Timex watch.

From those humble beginnings, The Food Network star now has 16 timepieces in his collection including a Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller chronograph, IWC Big Pilot, Panerai Radiomir chronograph, and the Panerai Luminor that he bought in 1997 to celebrate the signing of his first network contract.

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Main Photos: Anthony Bourdain by Lwp Kommunikáció, Gordon Ramsay by
gordonramsaysubmissions both licensed by CC BY 2.0 via Flickr
Photos: Anthony Bourdain by Lwp Kommunikáció,  Gordon Ramsay by gordonramsaysubmissions, Alton Brown by EricaJoy all licensed by CC BY 2.0 via Flickr | Food Writer and TV Chef Glenn Lindgren and Tyler Florence (cropped) By Gmlindgren (Own work) licensed by CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
 

 

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