Picasso’s Rolex, Warhol’s Cartier, and Other Icons of the Arts

In the world of art, literature, music, and film, there are only a few who can be considered icons, whose work and principles continue to influence those who came after them.

They arrived there through a combination of talent, vision, and technique – the same elements it takes to be a master at watchmaking. No wonder these icons have a good appreciation of timepieces and always had a fine watch on their wrists.
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Here’s are the timepieces of Picasso, Warhol, Sinatra, Hemingway, and Fleming:
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Rolex GMT Master
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Pablo Picasso is widely considered as the most important artist of the 20th century, whose work heavily influenced modern and contemporary art. While he was known for radical, anti-symmetrical work, he preferred perfectly balanced and classic timepieces. He wore a stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master from the 1960’s.

other watches: 1940’s Jaeger LeCoultre Triple Calendar Watch, 1950’s Patek Philippe Triple Date Moonphase.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
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Who hasn’t read at least one novel of Ernest Hemingway? The novelist, journalist and Nobel Prize winner was an incredibly complex man; counting boxing, bullfighting, cocktails, and travelling among his many pursuits. As colorful as his life was, he always had a reliable watch: his 1950’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual in 18k gold with a leather bracelet.

other watches: 1940’s Rolex Bubbleback, vintage Hamilton watch.

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Cartier Tank
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Andy Warhol may have led the colorful pop art movement, but he preferred his timepieces simple and timeless. He was quite outspoken about his love of the Cartier Tank, and was quoted as saying “I don’t wear a Tank to tell the time. In fact, I never wind it. I wear a Tank because it’s the watch to wear.”

other watches: 1940’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref 4021, Patek Philippe ref 2503, Patek Philippe ref 2526.

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Rolex Explorer Vintage
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Author Ian Fleming, creator of the famed James Bond series, was often thought to have modeled some of his famous character’s traits from his own self. This includes their preference in timepieces. While James Bond now wears Omega watches in the movie franchise, Fleming once wrote that Bond wore “a heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an expanding metal bracelet.” Fleming himself wore a Rolex Explorer 1016. 
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Cartier Pasha
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Frank Sinatra remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Aside from his music, he was quite well-known for his personal style – always cool, relaxed and put-together in a suit and fedora. He was often seen wearing Cartier watches, but his most famous watch was the one he gave away.

His fellow actor and Rat Pack-er Sammy Davis was the recipient of his Cartier Pasha Moonphase, with an inscription that read “Sammy, I Luv Ya, F.A.S.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Main Andy Warhol by Jack Mitchell CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons /  Pablo Picasso “1973 Dokfilm Picasso de Lucien Clergue Condor Films” By Condor Films licensed by CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons / Andy Warhol by National Archives and Records Administration [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons / Ian Fleming by Scio Central School Website Photo Gallery licensed by CC BY 2.0 both via Flickr / Ernest Hemingway by National Archives and Records Administration [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons / William P. Gottlieb [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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