Releasing in conjunction with the upcoming 20th Century studios film, The King’s man, a prequel in the Kingsman series, Jaeger-LeCoultre has launched one of the most unique and authentically designed watches of the year.
The somewhat inelegantly named, Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife watch, is set to release with the retailer, Mr Porter between July 20th and September 6th of 2020. Although, after this initial release period the piece will be available at select boutiques or directly via Jaeger-LeCoultre’s website.
Inspired directly by the brands 1907 ‘Couteau’ pocket watch, this new release harkens back to an age of refinement that saw Jaeger-LeCoultre cement itself as ‘the watchmakers watchmaker’.
The aesthetic roots of the new watch are unmistakably those of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s traditional pocket watches. Showcasing a broad bezel sloping gently from the sapphire crystal to the edge of the case, cleverly creating a profile reminiscent of a knife blade. Pocket watch design is again recounted with the winding crown, protected by its triangular bow, being placed at 12 o’clock. However, the piece is not entirely without its modernity, simple index hour markers keep the dial refined and clean, while a finely drawn ring is repeated as a circular highlight on the bezel.
The elegant 40mm pink gold case sits at just 4.25mm thick, housing within itself the brands celebrated hand-wound calibre 849. At a remarkable 1.85mm thick, ultra-thin movements such as this require a perfect ratio between slenderness and solidity, to ensure that components retain sufficient strength to ensure reliable timekeeping.
The piece is part of a limited run of just 100 pieces worldwide, staged on the case back with the inscription “One of 100”, a trait becoming more and more prevalent throughout the industry which has taken over from the traditional numbered edition standards of old.
This refined timepiece embodies the maxim of the film franchise, “manners maketh man” and carries an RRP of $44,555.00 AUD