In the 1986 hit action film Top Gun, Tom Cruise starred as Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who was selected to attend the TOP GUN programme, at the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School. No need to talk about the cult status of the movie, about how cool the music was, how many of us imagined ourselves behind the yoke of the F14 Tomcat… And as you’re reading MONOCHROME, well you should know that there was a watch involved in the 1986 movie… And it seems that the Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph Black-PVD will be back on the wrist of Tom Cruise, in the 2020 sequel Top Gun: Maverick. And that is quite something!
The watch Tom Cruise wore during Top Gun was a Porsche Design chronograph in stainless steel, with a black PVD-coating, produced by Orfina, and powered by a Valjoux 7750, with central minutes and seconds. This watch was one of the first on the market with a black PVD coating, not for fashion, but because the matte black treatment reduced reflections.
You can see the black Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph clearly on Maverick’s wrist, throughout the entire film. Here is a photo taken at the end of the film with Cruise embracing Val Kilmer’s character, Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. It provides a great shot of the watch.
In June 2020, we will see the release of Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 film, with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Maverick. The second trailer was just released yesterday and while watching it, I noticed a familiar-looking timepiece on the wrist of Cruise’s character.
At the 51-second mark of the trailer, we see Cruise shifting the throttle while flying and we get a glimpse of his left wrist. Clearly seen is a black PVD watch with the familiar bracelet pattern of the Porsche Design Orfina chronograph.
At the 1 minute 20 second mark, we see Cruise examining a plane and the watch is visible once again on his left wrist.
It’s been thirty-four years since the first movie was released, and for Tom Cruise to potentially be wearing the exact same timepiece in the new film is very cool, considering the watch gained the nickname “Top Gun”, after the first film. Top Gun: Maverick will be released on June 26, 2020.
Photo credits: Paramount, Getty Images, classicheuer.de