When reading any novel, what watch or bracelet Patrick Bateman (the main character in Bret Easton Ellis’ 1987 best-selling book “The Shining”) wears can tell you a lot about who he is as a person.
In The Shining, his almost constant appearance of either an Omega Seamaster or a Tag Heuer Monaco chronograph tells us that he is very professional and meticulous.
He takes his job seriously and doesn’t cut corners when it comes to work, which makes him unpopular with some colleagues but not others. However, he does manage to win over many people due to his down-to-earth personality.
Something most readers get stuck on while analyzing Patrick is whether he was a good man or bad. Some say he was just one of those people that you feel sorry for even though they are horrible towards other people, while others argue that he did terrible things and hurt a number of people including himself.
However, what both groups seem to miss out on is how much Patrick actually changed after being exposed to tragedy. He wasn’t quite the same person he used to be, and this article will look at why.
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Tag Heuer Carrera
In The Movie, we see him wearing what is known as a Tag Heuer Carrera. It is not only a great watch, but it also represents who he is as a person.
Tag Heuers are well-known for being rich and elegant. They cost around $500-$1,000 depending on the size of the face. This watch has a yellow gold case with black accents and some Roman numeral markings on the dial.
This particular model was released in 2004 and still looks cool today.
Patrick Bateman, the main character of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1987 novel American Psycho, does not wear cheap or flashy watches. He is very particular about his watch collection, constantly looking into and researching new timepieces.
He begins with an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph that he wears almost every day. This is one of the best selling luxury Swiss wristwatches in history. It was first released in 1986 and it has been in continuous production ever since!
Next, he moves onto another popular choice among wealthy men — a Tag Heuer Monaco. These are usually white leather straps with Roman numeral markers and an easy to read display. Many people associate this style of watch with Sean Connery in the James Bond films.
Last, but certainly not least, he adds a Panerai Luminox Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Moonphase Automatic Refrigerated Date Displayed Timepiece. The name comes from its ability to show both the date as well as the moon phase at a glance. All three of these watches are considered collector’s items today because they were expensive back when they were brand new.
Tag Heuer Grand Carrera
The Tag Heuer Grand Carrera is one of the most recognizable watch brands in the world. It was first released in 1958 as the Carrera Panorama, and then rebranded under its current name in 1989.
The Tag Heuer Grand Carrera is known for being very richly decorated with fancy jewels and gothic-inspired patterns. It also features Roman numerals which go all the way to 11!
It is estimated that there are over 2 million Grand Carreras around the globe. This makes it one of the top selling watches ever!
But what does everyone get when they purchase a new TAG Heuer Grand Carrera? They do not know. Only about 20 people at the company know how some parts of their watch work, and even they are sworn secrets.
Luckily, I have been able to figure out something pretty important about this watch! And you can too if you care to check out my article below.
While some may consider this excessive, it is not at all. This watch was designed by Longines in 1983 and has been growing in popularity ever since. It is referred to as the Landais because of its resemblance to the La Landa, an Italian military watch that dates back to 1860.
The locket style case comes with a buckle and bracelet which makes it easy to put on. The only thing separating this watch from being totally casual is the price- about 2,000 dollars!
But if you are spending that much money on a watch, then it should be for serious business or fashion. People have also coined it the “million dollar watch” due to its prestige.
Richard Mille RM 035
The second watch of this list is an interesting one that may surprise some. It’s not your average Cartier or Rolex, nor is it something flashy like a Tag Heuer. This piece isn’t even necessarily considered a watch — at least, not in the traditional sense.
This particular timepiece doesn’t have a crown or dial, but rather what looks like two parallel plates that rotate around each other. When they touch, however, small windows open up to reveal the hour markers and minutes hands.
When you add them together, the total number forms the word “WATCH!” which cleverly doubles as both the model and the company name. A unique take on the concept, really.