The cashed-up corporate characters of HBO’s hit show Succession wear no shortage of cool, expensive watches… But Jeremy Strong’s (aka Kendall Roy) latest piece of wrist candy is a bit unexpected.
Kendall has the most extensive watch collection out of any of Succession’s main stars. While Shiv keeps things classy with a gold Cartier Panthère and Roman rocks an understated Rolex Datejust, Kendall – the second-oldest son of lynchpin Logan Roy – doesn’t hold back.
Kendall likes things old-school, dressy and ornate. He’s most commonly seen wearing a number of different Vacheron Constantin models, as well as a few Patek Philippes… Which is why it was so surprising in Season 4 Episode 2 to see him wearing a rather brash Breitling.
The watch in question? A Breitling Super Chronomat B01 44 in red gold (ref. RB0136E31Q1S1): a glorious contradiction of a watch as well as a seriously hefty piece of precious metal for an otherwise weedy and drug-addled millionaire to be schlepping about.
Inspired by the original 1980s Chronomat that Breitling created for the Frecce Tricolori, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force, this luxurious take on Breitling’s sportiest chronograph features an 18ct red gold case, a brown dial with a matching brown ceramic bezel and a rubber strap modelled after Breitling’s iconic ‘Rouleaux’ bracelet.
With a 44mm case and weighing in at a hefty 231 grams, it’s a very serious piece of kit. For comparison, a steel Panerai Luminor – the likes of which Tom Wambsgans wears in Succession and a notoriously chunky watch – weighs about 152 grams.
At AU$33,990, it’s hardly cheap – but compared to some of the other rare watches in Kendall’s collection, this Breitling actually rates as one of his more understated pieces (if a 44mm red gold chronograph can be considered understated).
Plus, considering Kendall has an estimated net worth of around US$4 million in the show, that’s pennies. Must be nice.