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Hamilton Reveals The Prop Watch of “Dune: Part Two” and Two Dedicated Ventura Models

There's the watch that only the Fremen can wear... And there are the two Ventura models you'll be able to get.

| By Brice Goulard | 3 min read |

With its watches featured in more than 500 major films since the 1930s, Hamilton has played a stellar role in Hollywood. The Frogman, Indiana Jones, Interstellar, Dead Poets Society… Just to name some of Hamilton’s appearances on screen. For its latest feature, Hamilton reveals its role in one of the most anticipated movies of 2024. In an exclusive collaboration with Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures, Hamilton has designed a custom “Desert Watch” requested explicitly by filmmaker Denis Villeneuve for Dune: Part Two, the sequel to his cinematic vision of Dune. And there will also be two limited-edition Hamilton Ventura watches inspired by the movie. 

In most of its film cameos, Hamilton has either used existing watches – delving into its archives to source vintage models – or created specific timepieces like the famous Murph watch. But with this latest screen appearance, Hamilton has been pushed much further by movie director Denis Villeneuve. Working together with the film’s prop master, Doug Harlocker, the idea has been to craft a watch from another world, with different rules, with a display that was not guided by traditional watch norms – and maybe with a slightly Urwerk UR-110 inspiration too. Guided by the lore of Frank Herbert’s Dune and Villeneuve’s vision for the film, Hamilton’s designers created a wrist-worn item that became the “Desert Watch” to be worn by the Fremen of Arrakis.

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Coinciding with the release of Dune: Part Two, Hamilton also unveils two dedicated watches – these Dune Limited Editions, contrary to the Desert Watch, will be available to the public. Both are based on the bold and highly distinctive Ventura shape, which was once made famous by The King and worn by Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii. This unique, triangular and futuristic watch was elected as the vessel for these Dune-inspired limited editions – both powered by quartz movements.

The first of the two editions, the Ventura XXL Bright Dune Limited Edition, mixes an analogue display of the time with three traditional hands and something special underneath. The dial is reminiscent of the Fremen’s unmistakable blue eyes and replicates the glowing blue lines of the “Desert Watch” dial design, which lights up at the push of a button (in the crown). This large – 52mm x 46.6mm – watch is made of steel with a matte black PVD coating and worn on a black rubber strap. Limited to 3,000 pieces, the Hamilton Ventura XXL Bright Dune retails for EUR 1,845.

The second model, the Ventura Edge Dune Limited Edition, is an even stronger tribute to the Dune: Part Two movie. Even bolder in style and size – 51mm x 47.2mm – it relies on a digital display to mimic the look of the “Desert Watch” and all the relief elements seen on the prop in the film. The angular case is made of PVD-coated steel and worn on a rubber strap. Limited to 2,000 pieces, this Hamilton Ventura Edge Dune retails for EUR 2,592.

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4 responses

  1. Shameless cash grab. It looks nothing like the movie prop. It is as if Omega were to supply a Seamaster diving watch for the next Bond movie but then do a De Ville Chronograph with similar colours and present it as their movie tie-in. Utterly pointless.

  2. They could not sell the movie prop without being brought to court by Urwerk

  3. “Lights up at the push of a button”. Very old tech and inconvenient. My other hand is holding a latte. Am I supposed to push the button with my nose?

  4. I wonder why Hamilton had to use the XXL case as base for both watches. A quartz movement should not need that much space. Besides, I fail to see where the value comes from. There are Grand Seiko quartz watches that cost about 2,700 euros and they have a high-end quartz movement and likely the better finishing. So I do not see why someone should go for the Ventura Edge Dune.

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