There are very few companies in all of watchmaking that boast a history as vast and versatile as Hamilton. The brand was a longtime supplier of pocket watches and wristwatches to America’s Armed Forces, a history it continues to reference today with its popular Khaki series. Hamilton has also maintained a remarkably close tie to Hollywood over the past few decades, with its watches appearing on the wrists of actors and actresses in countless films and television shows.
While Hamilton’s original ventures on the screen came as early as the 1930s, it wasn’t until 1951, with its role in The Frogmen, and 1961, on the wrist of Elvis Presley in the hit 1962 musical comedy Blue Hawaii, that the brand’s cinematic status was secured. More recently, the brand has appeared in critically acclaimed films like Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. You’ll likely remember Hamilton’s role in the 2014 film pretty clearly – the watch was pivotal to its plot, and it later inspired a special Khaki Field release that was sold in the HODINKEE Shop. That watch, the Khaki Field Murph, had a clever design that captured the magic of the film in an authentic way, which is why we’ve been looking forward to Nolan’s upcoming film TENET, and wondering what role Hamilton might play in it, for quite some time.
While we don’t have a definite answer to that question just yet – the film’s release date is still a few weeks out – we have been able to confirm that Hamilton’s role involves mission-critical timing to a degree that is unlike nearly anything the brand has seen in its 60-year film career thus far. Hamilton worked with TENET’s top-notch design team – which is led by Nathan Crowley, Nolan’s go-to production designer who crafted the visual concept of films like The Dark Knight, The Prestige, and Interstellar – for over 18 months to develop a watch that would meet the film’s one-of-a-kind needs. Hamilton watchmakers actually remained on the set of TENET during filming to offer support for that watch’s unique functions.
Inspired by the watch it created for TENET and that is worn by stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in the film, Hamilton has just released the Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO “TENET” Limited Editions, a pair of watches that are limited to just 888 pieces each worldwide. The HODINKEE Shop has secured early access to these two watches, which offer a new take on Hamilton’s top-of-the-line dive watch.
Pressure tested to reach 1,000 meters underwater and with performance-ready features like a helium-escape valve, the BeLOWZERO collection houses some of the most serious sport watches the brand has ever made – and with a history like Hamilton, that’s truly saying something significant. The watches are cased in black PVD-coated titanium, and the brand has done away with the date window on the dial. The watch is executed almost completely in black; the case and dial, even the numerals, are coated in the stealthy, monochromatic tint. The only sources of color are the painted tips of the seconds hands: red on one version of the watch, blue on the other. The use of these two specific colors offer clues to the plot of TENET, and add a little dose of levity to the watch as a whole.
The case size of the two Hamilton watches match their impressive technical specs with a striking 46mm diameter. The impressive size is there for a reason, as these are watches that are truly designed to be taken to the brink and back. The use of lightweight titanium, the sleek all-black design, and the integrated rubber strap will, however, allow for the watch to be worn comfortably on most wrists, regardless of its sizable stature. Inside the case is Hamilton’s high-performance H-10 automatic movement that offers 80 hours of running autonomy.
Each of the Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO watches is limited to 888 pieces total, a number that calls attention to the palindrome nature of the TENET title. Similar to 2019’s Interstellar-themed Khaki Field Murph, each Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO “TENET” Limited Edition will be delivered with a special presentation box designed by Crowley that references the film’s narrative. TENET is currently set to be released in theaters on August 12, 2020, and both watches are available now in the HODINKEE Shop for $ 2,095.