Netflix’s latest major film release and Martin Scorsese’s most recent American crime epic, The Irishman, has been captivating audiences, first in theaters in a limited release and more recently on sofas. I have trouble recalling a movie with a more impressive cast in recent times. De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel, Romano. The list goes on.
Based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, the film tells the story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (played by De Niro) and his actual life as labor union official and mob hitman in Philadelphia. Set in real history, with figures such as the Kennedys and Jimmy Hoffa figuring meaningfully in the story, the film follows in the tradition of Scorese mafia/crime epics such as Goodfellas and Casino.
In The Irishman, one of the timepieces De Niro’s character wears is a blingy rectangular gold wristwatch with a gem-set bezel and a dial that appears to be signed by the Swiss watchmaking company Mathey-Tissot, not to be confused with the similarly named Tissot brand. It was presented to De Niro’s character in the film by his friend and associate Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) at a banquet honoring labor union officials.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Mathey-Tissot, the company was established in 1886 in the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel. It was an important brand in the middle part of the last century, and if you search online, you’re likely to find some pretty interesting and affordable examples of mid-century Mathey-Tissot watches. Nowadays, the company makes mostly affordable quartz and mechanical wristwatches.
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By Jon Bues
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