Gone are the days when we could track movies based on theatrical releases, or comb through the newspaper to see what’s playing and when. These days, we’re likely to miss an entertaining film due to the sheer volume of content hurled at us on every streaming service imaginable (and there are many). I faintly recall seeing a trailer for Windfall (2022), a brand new Netflix … flick, released just last week, but it didn’t have a firm release date attached so it quickly left my mind. Then, this past weekend, it appeared on the app’s homepage. Jesse Plemons, Jason Segel, and Lily Collins in a modern neo-noir? Yeah, you could say this was up my alley.
The film is centered around a burglary gone wrong. “Nobody” (played by Segel) is caught breaking into the seldom-used vacation home of a billionaire CEO (Plemons) and his wife (Collins). Let’s just say his efforts to take the couple hostage and extort them for money go awry. Literally what can go wrong, does go wrong in this one. There’s dry humor, a 1940’s-style score, and a pair of blue-chip, iconic high quality UK super clone watches that get some serious screen time.
Why We’re Watching
I feel like a broken record talking about the Academy Awards over and over again, but we finally find ourselves at the precipice of Oscar weekend. This Sunday, we find out if Power of the Dog has what it takes to go all the way and win Best Picture. In lieu of writing about the undeniably cool, but honestly difficult to identify antique best replica watches in that film, we turn to a more recent offering that shares the same lead: Jesse Plemons.
In Windfall, he plays a nameless character known in the credits simply as “CEO,” who amassed a fortune after developing an algorithm that helps companies lay off employees and stay in business. Let’s just say, he’s not particularly well-loved by the formerly salaried public (hence the break-in). Over the course of the home invasion and extortion, his character’s hubris is revealed. He spends much of the film trying to outwit and demean Segel’s character (credited as “Nobody”).
At the movie’s open, we are introduced to Nobody as he makes his way from room to room in the house before CEO and his wife – credited as “Wife” – arrive. He’s wearing what at first is assumed to be his own watch but is later revealed to be stolen from the house. It’s CEO’s white gold cheap Rolex Day-Date super clone watches with a black dial and Roman numeral minute track. In a scene where Nobody and CEO argue over how much money it would take for him to leave, CEO says, “Between my Rolex, the money you found in my office and that [$5,000], I’d say you had a pretty successful morning over at my house huh?”
Of course, that’s not CEO’s only watch. On his wrist is Swiss made fake Cartier Santos Dumont watches with a silver dial on a blue strap. His strap doesn’t appear to be the standard Cartier OEM offering with a recognizable clasp, but rather a more basic blue leather option with a typical pin-buckle enclosure.
This looks like the luxury super clone Cartier Santos Dumont watches released back in 2018 when the brand decided to make a collection of Santos models more in-line with the original watches from the early 1900s. What you get with a piece like this is slender Roman numerals and a simple silver dial with a nice sunray effect. If you aren’t into the sportiness of the classic Santos, the Dumont is certainly the way to go.
We don’t see Cartier copy watches for sale in films that often these days, but a Santos Dumont does strike me as the kind of timepiece a billionaire might wear on a weekend getaway. Judging by the fact that he leaves a white gold Day-Date in his vacation house, it’s safe to assume his character has a larger collection. Speaking of attention to detail, I also found it appropriate that of all the super clone watches online site for a down-on-his-luck robber to find and wear (and steal), it’s the symbol of wealth and opulence: The Rolex President. It’s a recognizable icon, and the juxtaposition here is a nice touch.
In contrast to CEO’s expensive vacation-ware, Nobody looks like someone who’s been sleeping in his car for a week. Visually, the film is telling us these characters are on vastly different financial footing, but having Nobody find Swiss movements replica Rolex Day-Date watches and just wear it so casually is rather deep detail. As someone who ostensibly is fighting for every scrap in his life from money to food, it’s interesting that the first thing he springs for in a time of need is a hunk of white gold Rolex. I personally find it interesting because it speaks to universal brand power of Rolex as a symbol – so much so, that it singlehandedly accentuates Nobody’s station in life compared to the status the watch imbues.
When We’re Watching
In the opening scene, we watch Nobody galavant through CEO’s beautiful empty home. He drinks orange juice in the courtyard, relieves himself in the shower, and steals $5,000 in cash. All the while, he is wearing CEO’s white gold perfect Rolex Day-Date super clone watches. He also discovers the jewelry collection and proceeds to remove necklaces and bracelets from Cartier boxes (a bit of foreshadowing for the watch still to come). At one point [00:06:49], we get a clear shot of both a Cartier branded box, and Nobody’s wrist, revealing the unmistakable dial of a Rolex Day-Date.
Later in the film, the house gardener gets roped up into the hostage situation. We find Nobody, CEO, his wife, and the gardener (played by Omar Leyva) all seated in the living room in a sequence meant to show the passage of time. With every fade and cross-dissolve, we see the faces of the characters. But then we get some horological close-ups [01:05:53]. In fact, we get multiple clear shots of both the 2022 fake Cartier Santos Dumont watches and the Rolex President. To be honest, the movie is kind of downhill from this point on, but I have to give the director some credit for being this attentive to a pair of icons – the watches, that is.