Jaeger-LeCoultre and MR PORTER have announced the launch of the Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife watch, a limited edition of 100 timepieces. The watch has been specially adapted for The King’s Man, the upcoming Kingsman origins film directed by Matthew Vaughn.
The Kingsman watch will be offered exclusively on MR PORTER, as a key part of The King’s Man ‘costume to collection’ – available till September 6. After that date, the watch will be available directly from Jaeger-LeCoultre online and in selected boutiques.
The newest film in the Kingsman series links past and present, going back 100 years to the origins of the Kingsman agency. So too has Jaeger-LeCoultre drawn upon its mastery of ultra-thin calibres to develop a new timepiece directly inspired by the celebrated 1907 ‘Couteau’ (French for knife) pocket watch. The Kingsman watch is a refined dress watch that blends tradition and modernity in a manner perfectly suited to both The King’s Man and to contemporary style.
The aesthetic roots of the new watch are unmistakably those of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s traditional pocket watches. The broad bezel slopes gently from the sapphire crystal to the edge of the case, creating a fine profile reminiscent of a knife blade. The winding crown, protected by its triangular bow, is placed at 12 o’clock. However, these timeless and traditional elements are brought right up to date with subtly modern details: simple index hour markers keep the dial refined and clean, while a finely drawn ring is repeated as a circular highlight on the bezel.
Presented in a classically elegant 40mm size, the pink gold case is just 4.25mm thick. The ultra-thin case houses Jaeger-LeCoultre’s celebrated hand-wound calibre 849. At just 1.85 millimetres thick, the movement underlines La Grande Maison’s century-old mastery of this demanding form of Haute Horlogerie: ultra-thin movements require a perfect ratio between thinness and solidity, to ensure that components retain sufficient strength to ensure reliable timekeeping.
In tribute to the film’s narrative, the case-back of the watch has been engraved with the Kingsman logo, as well as the legend “One of 100.” It is presented in a specially designed Kingsman sleeve box.
In an eloquent expression of the Kingsman maxim ‘Manners Maketh Man’, the Master Ultra Thin Knife is the perfect gentleman’s timepiece; not only functional but supremely elegant.
‘Our Manufacture is proud of its heritage which drives the creativity of our master watchmaking since 1833. We are delighted to partner with Matthew Vaughn and Mr Porter to unveil a unique timepiece celebrating the elegance pioneering spirit. The thinness of this watch, inspired from a pocket-watch with a knife shape from 1907, is illustrating the skills and creativity of our fully integrated Manufacture. It represents the spirit of times with timepieces passed from generation to generation’ – Ms Catherine Renier, CEO, Jaeger-LeCoultre.
‘We at MR PORTER are thrilled to be working with Matthew Vaughn and the Jaeger-LeCoultre team to exclusively launch the limited-edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife, in advance of the global release of The King’s Man later this year. The watch has a strong heritage styling coupled with being limited to only 100 pieces and will sure to be received extremely well with our growing global watch community’ – Mr Sam Kershaw, Buying Director, MR PORTER.