Bill Murray Double Wristing Timex and Cartier at Cannes Film Festival 2021



The global COVID-19 pandemic still has not gone away, but things are slowly starting to return to normal with the rollout of vaccines around the world. It’s nice to see the crowds returning for events like the recent Euro 2020 football tournament.

The 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was also in full swing, although staged two months later than usual after being completely canceled in 2020.

American actor and comedian Bill Murray, best known for his roles in films including Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Lost in the translation, was present. He starred in the film directed by Wes Anderson The French dispatch with Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet.

The film, which premiered on July 12 at Cannes 2021 and received a nine-minute standing ovation from attendees, also stars Owen Wilson, Léa Seydoux and Frances McDormand, among others, in an outstanding cast. Its opening is scheduled for October 22, 2021.

Bill Murray double wrist a Timex Indiglo Easy Reader and a Cartier Tank Must at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

Bill Murray at Cannes 2021 with Timex and Cartier

Murray stood out in a photoshoot for his, shall we say, rather colorful clothes, including an eye-catching shirt sporting a plethora of designs. On the watchmaking side, he wore two timepieces, a double wrist in WIS jargon. Each of the watches worn is quartz, but their appearance and pedigree are completely different.

Timothée Chalamet, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

On his right wrist, Murray sported a Timex Indiglo Easy Reader with a white dial, while on his left wrist he wore the evergreen Cartier Tank. As its name suggests, the Timex Indiglo Easy Reader is a watch with very good readability; its oversized Arabic numerals make it easier for the wearer to read the time, even at night, thanks to the Indiglo lume function.

The Cartier Tank, on the other hand, is a classic timepiece, its place cemented in the hall of fame of imaginary watchmaking thanks to a new case design based on tanks from the First World War. Since its release in 1917, the century-old watch has remained a favorite of celebrities, royalty and just about everyone.

Bill Murray wearing a Cartier Tank Must at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

A festival photographer gave us a crisp close-up of Murray’s Tank, making it easier to identify the model: Murray was wearing a stainless steel Tank Must. Visible marks on the case lead me to believe that it has been worn quite frequently.

Given that the Timex is set at 6:00 a.m. in the photos and the Cartier is set at 12:00 a.m., it stands to reason that Murray could have used both watches to each represent a time zone. France is exactly six hours ahead of the east coast of the United States.

To learn more about the Cartier Tank Must, please visit

Quick facts Cartier Tank Must
Case: 33.7 x 25.5 x 6.6 mm, stainless steel with synthetic sapphire cabochon in the crown
Movement: quartz
Functions: hours, minutes
Price: € 2,660

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