Toronto fest honours transgender author ahead of Oscars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Film and fashion houses have been bringing out timepieces in recent years

The International Film Festival of Toronto will honour the publication of transgender author and first woman of colour to hold the doctorate Phaidon’s annual Timepiece Book Awards.

This year the festival celebrates timepieces with five awards to high-quality timepieces, screen-worthy timepieces, timepiece innovation and, last but not least, futuristic timepieces.

The festival, which is in its 31st year, launched its Timepiece Watch Awards in 1985 to honour innovative timepieces and timepiece design.

The 2018 edition, which has chosen 500 watches from more than 150 countries, features 25 Canadian designs among the finalists.

Other honourees this year include Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, whose watch-toting character Jesse Pinkman was renowned for his charm and his brand of wrist-wear.

Designer Alexander Chong Shaw is also a finalist, one of 20 Canadian designers who have come to prominence in international timepiece design in recent years.

So who’s up for a Hollywood box-office win? The Prince & the Show, which will premiere at Toronto’s Festival du nouveau cinéma in October 2019, tells the story of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana, Princess of Wales.

Image copyright PA Images Image caption Actor Aaron Paul (above) will wear a 2015 art-deco timepiece by Cartier on Breaking Bad

Jai Courtney, who plays Renée MacManus in the series of films, said he was thrilled to take on the role, telling Empire: “It’s such a gorgeous thing to be a part of. I can’t wait for people to see it.”

Image copyright Simon O’Connor Image caption Model Eva Herzigova wears a Bulgari watch

The Bulgari Woman watch, created by Hungarian sculptor Egon Schiele and first worn by legendary model Eva Herzigova, was selected as a finalist.

The movie stars Rosamund Pike as the Duchess of Windsor.

Have a watch with Toronto on 8 December 2018 to find out who wins the 2019 TIFF Timepiece Watch Awards.

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