Jaeger-LeCoultre has partnered with online retailer Mr. Porter to produce a limited edition Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife watch to tie in the launch of the latest film in the Matthew Vaughn-directed spy comedy series The King’s Man. The first two movies in the series featured partnerships with Bremont and TAG Heuer.
The watch takes its inspiration from a ‘couteau’ pocket watch Jaeger-LeCoultre made in 1907. In case you are still wondering, couteau is the French word for knife. For The King’s Man, which explores the origins of the fictional Kingsman spy agency, Jaeger-LeCoultre has reinterpreted the ‘Couteau’ as a refined ultra-thin dress watch.
The watch has a pink gold 40-mm-wide case that’s just 4.25 mm thick. The broad bezel that frames the dial slopes gently towards the edge of the case, creating a profile reminiscent of a knife blade. The winding crown, is protected by its triangular bow and is placed at 12 o’clock unlike the 3 o’ clock position of the crown on regular watches.
The ivory hued dial has simple index hour markers and a railroad minute marker on the fringe of the dial. Time is indicated by slender tempered blue steel hands. As a hat tip to its association with the film, the caseback has been engraved with the Kingsman logo, as well as the legend “One of 100”. The watch is also presented in a specially-designed Kingsman sleevebox.
The watch is powered by the hand-wound Caliber 849. At just 1.85 mm thick, this is an incredibly thin movement that the manufacture first introduced in 1994. It has a power reserve of 35 hours and an escapement that beats at 3 Hz (21,600 vph). Limited to just 100 pieces and priced at $29,800, the watch will be offered on Mr Porter as a key part of The Kings’s Man ‘costume to collection’ from July 20 to September 6, after which the watch will also be available directly from Jaeger-LeCoultre online and in selected boutiques.