Christian Bale is famous for his intense method acting. He has transformed himself on-screen countless times — from gaunt and vulnerable, to fit and sharp.
Throughout his career, Bale has not only chosen the most interesting characters, he definitely got the most stylish ones, too. Between his portrayals, we spotted some standout watches worth highlighting, as well as some pieces he has worn in real life.
Check out Christian Bale’s timepieces, on and off-screen.
Rolex President Day-Date (American Hustle, 2013 and Vice, 2018)
American Hustle is the fictionalized account of an FBI operation in the late 1970s, where a pair of con artists are forced to work with law enforcement. As seasoned swindler Irving Rosenfeld, Bale had to present himself as a man of good taste. True to the era, Bale wore a very expressive wardrobe with gold jewelry to match. The choice of an 18k yellow gold Rolex President Day-Date was perfect for the role.
In Vice, one of his latest films, Bale portrayed former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and he was totally unrecognizable. Aside from ballooning in weight, Bale of course had the make-up and wardrobe to match. Dick Cheney wore a yellow gold 36mm Rolex Day-Date in real life and was the first U.S. Vice President to do so. There was no better choice for the film! Video from Sony Pictures Entertainment and GQ on YouTube
On the red carpet, Bale is always dapper, often in a subtle all-black or black and blue ensemble. He chooses ultra-thin watches to match, it’s often hard to spot them as they stay under the cuff! He’s been spotted with the Cartier Drive, a sleek and modern cushion-shaped watch that combines signature Cartier elements with automotive inspiration. Photo from Girl Scouts on Instagram
When it comes to sport watches, his choice is still a Cartier. Bale wears the Cartier Calibre, the brand’s reinterpretation of the round sports watch. Robust and striking, the Calibre is made elegant by its signature Cartier design cues, such as the roman numerals and blue sapphire cabochon.
Aside from its good looks, the Calibre is also the first watch to be powered by the 1904 MC, Cartier’s first in-house chronograph movement, making it a landmark piece for the brand.
Rolex Datejust (American Psycho, 2000)
Bale played one of his most iconic roles in American Psycho, as narcissistic investment banker-turned-serial killer, Patrick Bateman. Based on a novel of the same title, the movie was controversial for its depictions of violence but was also critically acclaimed for its solid plot, and Bale’s performance. As many brands refused to be associated with the film, Bale’s character made no mention of Rolex; but wore a Rolesor steel and 18k yellow gold Rolex Datejust in many scenes. Video from Lionsgate on YouTube
Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso (The Dark Knight Trilogy, 2005 – 2012)
The character of Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, has been wearing Jaeger LeCoultre watches since the 1990s. When Bale took over as Batman in 2005, he too, wore Reverso watches.He wore the Reverso Grande Taille in the first two installments of the trilogy — Batman Begins in 2005; and The Dark Knight in 2008. In 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, Bale wore this Reverso Grande Date. Photo from GQ Magazine