James Marsden talks about his favourite timepieces;
He’s played everything from Prince Charming to mutant superhero. Now the actor stars as a gun- slinging android in the TV sci- fi thriller Westworld. In between acting and being a father of three, he indulges in his other passion: watches. Marsden tells u
At the moment, my favourite watch is the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. Incredible dial and the movement is a serious one! Once set, you never have to change the time, date, or year. It’s even set up to incorporate leap years! I own around 20 watches. Some very elegant and finely crafted timepieces, and some inexpensive but cool ones as well. I don’t buy a watch because it’s pricey, I buy a watch that speaks to me in some way. It could be a special and rare vintage piece or a US$100 dive watch. Each one becomes an important piece of my collection.
“IF I COULD BE ANY AGE FOR A WEEK, I’D LIKE TO GO BACK AND BE EIGHT YEARS OLD AGAIN. YOU GET TO BE A KID FOR SO LITTLE OF YOUR LIFE AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO EXPERIENCE THAT AGAIN.”
I wish there was a complication to help me get over jet lag! Usually it takes me about five days to really get over jet lag. It gets worse with age, I think.
Favourite food Sushi.
If I were a watch complication I’d be a minute repeater. I’m always talking or making some noise. Can’t keep my mouth shut!
The best compliment I’ve ever received: “You’re a great father.”
The first watch I ever owned was either a Casio F-91W or a Timex sports watch. I say sports watch because I remember it saying “Sport” on the dial and it made me feel like somehow, I was better at sports if I wore it. Like new sneakers made you run faster.