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Film icon Tom Cruise

Aviator and watch collector with passion
Michael Herrmann
Paramount Pictures
18 May 2024

Adventure and precision – Tom Cruise’s love of aviation and pilot watches

In the dazzling world of Hollywood, there are few personalities as passionate, multi-faceted and dedicated as Tom Cruise. In addition to an impressive career as an actor, producer and filmmaker, Cruise is also known for his boundless enthusiasm for both aviation and exclusive watches. Both of these areas of interest are not just superficial hobbies, but a reflection of the areas that particularly characterize his incomparable cinematic work – adventure, precision and technology.

Tom Cruise is known for his enthusiasm for both aviation and exclusive pilot watches.

The famous Top Gun pilot watch

Both in his films and in his private life, Cruise, who was born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, is always seen with elegant and luxurious timepieces on his wrist – including, how could it be otherwise, exclusive pilot’s watches. One watch in particular is repeatedly associated with the smart Hollywood star: the famous Porsche Design Chronograph 1, designed as a modern pilot’s watch by the lifestyle brand of the eponymous and globally coveted German sports car manufacturer in 1972 and initially developed and built by the Swiss watchmaker Orfina final.

Famous pilot’s watch – Porsche Design Chronograph 1
Porsche Design Chronograph 1 – All Black Numbered Edition
Porsche Design / Chronograph 1 – All Black Numbered Edition

50 Years Porsche Design Chronograph 1

Cruise first wore this pilot’s watch in the 1986 Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun. In his role as LT Pete Mitchell, better known by his call sign Maverick, Cruise is sent as a young naval pilot to train at the United States Naval Fighter Weapons School – known to pilots simply as Top Gun. 36 years later, in 2022, the exact same watch returns to the big screen as Tom Cruise’s ticking companion in the Top Gun sequel Maverick. In keeping with this, Porsche Design is launching a faithful new edition of the all-black Chronograph 1 with a lightweight titanium case and titanium bracelet, limited to 500 pieces, at the beginning of 2022 – exactly 50 years after it was first presented.

Watch enthusiast Tom Cruise in Top Gun Maverick
Top Gun Maverick / Tom Cruise / Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Tom Cruise / Top Gun Maverick / Paramount Pictures

World-class actors with world-class watches

Ever since Tom Cruise lit the afterburner for his career with Top Gun in the mid-1980s, the passionate private pilot of historic fighter planes-Cruise is the proud owner of an original 1946 P-51 Mustang-as well as modern helicopters and jets is regularly found wearing a wide variety of timepieces in everyday life, on location, and on the big screen. Among the most famous brands on his wrist in this regard are the watch manufacturers Cartier, Bremont, Rolex, TAG Heuer and Tudor. Flying and collecting luxury watches, these passions make the action hero Tom Cruise not only a remarkable artist, but also a man who appreciates the freedom of the sky in the cockpit and the precision of time in his self-performed stunts – a combination that shapes his personality in a fascinating way.

Top Gun Trailer 1986
Paramount Pictures / YouTube

United States Naval Fighter Weapons School

Incidentally, the United States Naval Fighter Weapons School, usually referred to simply as Top Gun, is a renowned US Navy fighter pilot training facility. Launched on March 03, 1969, to improve the tactical air combat capabilities of military pilots, it is headquartered at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. The school is closely associated with the iconic hit movie of the same name, which depicted the dramatic and exciting world of fighter pilots and spurred interest in aviation worldwide. The United States Naval Fighter Weapons School is a symbol of excellence in air combat leadership and a place where only the best of the best are trained.

Top Gun Maverick Trailer 2022
Paramount Pictures / YouTube
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