Seconds definitely count when it comes to mastering a perfectly boiled egg or reaching the highest heights of modern molecular gastronomy. "Timing is everything in the kitchen which is why you'll always find me wearing a watch," says Chef Daniel Humm of New York's . "The watches are works of art." The newly minted Audemars Piguet Brand Ambassador explains: "Hundreds and hundreds of pieces assembled by hand, every single one of them playing a role in the function and beauty of the watch." (This idea is similar to the precise nature of his cooking that's propelled his restaurant to the number one spot on "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list.)
Just how important is the role of time in the kitchen? In the midst of the Napa Valley’s the French Laundry, Chef Thomas Keller keeps a trained eye on a clock at all times—a Vacheron Constantin wall clock to be precise, with a small plaque below that reads, "Sense of Urgency." Long considered one of the very best restaurants in the world, the short and sweet (and just a bit intimidating) expression has clearly proved to be worth its salt.
From Chef Daniel Humm’s impressive Royal Oak Tourbillon to a Chef Dan Kluger’s humble yet highly stylish and practical Timex, the watches chosen by the world's top chefs are all as exciting as the haute cuisine they create.
Chef Massimo Bottura
Chef Bottura is the chef/co-owner of Osteria Francescana, a three Michelin Star restaurant based in Modena, Italy. It's earned a ton of accolades including winning the top spot of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World list in 2016. It's a destination hotspot that shows no sign of slowing down.
Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon "Black Black" Co-Axial Chronograph
BUY NOW $7,975 (P398,151.88)
Chef Daniel Boulud
James Beard Award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud holds two Michelin stars for his namesake French restaurant, Daniel, but his empire doesn't end there—he also has a number of restaurants across the States, Canada, and Asia.
Boulud's Bell & Ross BRO1- 92 Commando is a sold-out, limited edition watch.
BUY SIMILAR $2,550 (P127,308.75)
Chef Andreas Caminada
Caminada is the chef of Schloss Schauenstein in Domleschg, Switzerland; he's also the youngest chef in Europe to have earned three Michelin stars.
Big Bang Gold Ceramic
BUY NOW $25,495 (P1,272,837.88)
Chef Hélène Darroze
Hélène Darroze is a fourth-generation chef with three Michelin stars and restaurants at the Connaught hotel in London, in addition to namesake restaurants in Paris and Moscow.
Tonda 1950 Squelette
BUY SIMILAR $15,750 (P786,318.75)
Chef Yannick Alléno
A master of French cuisine, Yannick Alléno is a chef and restaurateur with two restaurants, "Alléno Paris" and "Alléno Courcheval" (Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc). Both hold three Michelin stars, and Alléno has further namesake restaurants in Asia and the Middle East.
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Chef Philippe Etchebest
Philippe Etchebest is the French chef of Hostellerie de Plaisance where he holds two Michelin stars. Chef Etchebest is also very well known to French television audiences
Tag Heuer Heritage Autavia Heuer 02
BUY SIMILAR $3,875 (P193,459.38)
Chef Masaharu Morimoto
First finding success in the United States as the Executive Chef of the Japanese fusion restaurant Nobu in 1994, Chef Morimoto went on to open namesake restaurants around the world starting in 2001. Chef Morimoto's biggest claim to fame might be as appearing as Food Network’s Iron Chef.
Panerai Luminor 1950 3-Days Acciaio
BUY NOW $6,375 (P318,271.88)
Chef Daniel Humm
Chef Daniel Humm is the chef/co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad Hotels in New York and Los Angeles. Chef Humm represents the current number-one ranked restaurant in the world.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
BUY NOW $109,190.40 (P5,451,330.72)
Chef Eric Ripert
Chef Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the legendary Le Bernardin, a New York institution that has held a four-star review from the New York Times for more than 20 years.
Vacheron Constantin American 1921
BUY SIMILAR $25,395 (P1,267,845.38)
Chef Dan Kluger
Chef Dan Kluger is the James Beard-nominated former chef of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, and now head chef of his own recently opened Greenwich Village restaurant, Loring Place.
BUY NOW $138 (P6,889.65)
Chef Joan Roca
Chef Joan Roca
Rolex GMT-Master II
BUY NOW $8,395 (P419,120.38)
Chef Joël Robuchon
Holding more than 28 Michelin stars for his global namesake "L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon" restaurants, French Chef Joël Robuchon is currently the most decorated chef in the world.
Blancpain Léman Chronographe Flyback Quantième Perpétual
BUY NOW $27,995 (P1,397,650.38)
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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