Jaeger-LeCoultre has partnered with online retailer Mr. Porter to produce a limited-edition Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife watch to tie in with the launch of the latest film in the Matthew Vaughn-directed spy comedy series The King’s Man. The watch takes its inspiration from a “couteau” pocketwatch 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 rose-gold 40-mm-wide case that is 4.25-mm thick. The broad bezel that frames the dial slopes gently towards the edge of the case to create 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 its dial. The time is indicated by slender, tempered, blue steel hands, as a hat tip to its association with the film. The caseback is engraved with the Kingsman logo, as well as the number of models produced (“One of 100”), which is also presented in a specially-designed Kingsman sleevebox.
The watch is powered by the hand-wound Caliber 849 and measures 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). The watch is limited to just 100 pieces and retails for $29,800 and is 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.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Limited Edition Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife (Ref. 3402393) is available online, which you can pre-order through Mr Porter’s site, here.
A version of this article first appeared on our sister website, WatchTime Middle East.