Celebrity watch watch – Sir Richard Branson

This is the first post in a new series, looking at the watches worn by celebrities.

If you are in the market for a new watch, you may want to consider looking at what your favourite celebrity is wearing. If it’s good enough for them, right? Right?

Now, normally, I am not impressed by celebrities flaunting their wealth and their material gains. But, when it comes to watches, many of these celebrities can afford the luxury timepieces that connoisseurs such as myself can only dream of owning. That does not mean, however, that all of them are tasteful. Some have bespoke watches that are ‘blinged’  up beyond all recognition, blinding you with the array of gold and diamonds and so heavy that their knuckles are dragging on the floor, appropriately!

What a guy!

Others, however, have more taste and are still in touch with the real world. Sir Richard Branson is just such a person. A man for whom I have immense respect and admiration, a man who has worked very hard and been through tough times to get where he is. Despite this, and belying his billionaire status, he remains a man of the people, down to earth and admired by most.

What is he wearing?

I am quite sure that Sir Richard owns many luxury watches. However, one watch that he has been seen wearing on a number of occasions is actually quite humble in comparison and affordable for many of us.

The watch in question, and indeed shown being worn in this picture, is the Torgoen T16103, which Sir Richard bought because he thought it had “a pretty face”. You can read his interview containing this quote here.

The Torgoen T16103 is a Swiss-made pilot watch, featuring aviation-inspired hands and numerals and chronograph movement. It is 45mm in diameter and 14mm thick and the stainless steel case is sealed to provide 10ATM (100m) water resistance (find out what that means here).

This is a superb looking watch, minimalist in design, but comfortable, practical and stylish. Just like the man himself!

Although you may find it difficult to get hold of this watch now, you can pick up a number of other superb Torgoen watches here and, just for a little while at least, pretend you are Sir Richard Branson!

This article has 6 Comments

  1. Hi David,

    I found your review very interesting!
    To be honest, I am not a fan of watches, in fact, I never wear one because I don’t like to see how the time is passing so fast:) But my husband is crazy about watches, as a matter of fact, he has a collection at home and I am sure he won’t mind buying another one like on the picture “Torgoen T16103”, especially if Sir Richard Bronson wears it!
    Thank you for this excellent post

    1. Thank you for that. It would appear that this beautiful watch is now difficult to buy here on the UK. Still available at Amazon.com!

  2. Just received delivery in the UK of a black T16 with vintage strap to alternate with my original white face T16. It makes up for the sale of my trusty Submariner which had to go to pay the mortgage. No regrets.

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