If it’s a feel-good movie you’re after, look elsewhere. Uncut Gems (2019), directed by the Safdie Brothers, is named for a crew of scruffy characters and a literal uncut gem sourced from Ethiopia. It’s the property of Howard Ratner (played by Adam Sandler), a jewelry-store owner in New York’s Diamond District – a fast-talking hustler and unreconstructed sports gambler. Ratner has a strong fake watch game. The only problem is, he can’t seem to keep any of them on his wrist.
Ratner’s last watch is a large Swiss movement copy Breitling Chronomat with gilt numbering on the bezel and the signature Chronomat crown. The watch makes a brief but important appearance on screen as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers behind a strong Kevin Garnett performance and a truly intense couple of minutes. As Ratner unlocks the door to his shop [02:05:50], the camera focuses on his wrist, and his Breitling. You’ll have to watch the movie to see what happens next.
Uncut Gems is directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, with props by Catherine Miller, and score by Daniel Lopatin. It’s available to stream on Netflix and to rent on Amazon or iTunes. You can buy the Audemars Royal Oak Chronograph from Audemars Piguet, a Rolex Day-Date (sans iced-out bracelet and bezel) from Rolex, and the new steel bracelet replica Breitling Chronomat from Breitling.