It has become a common thing to see watches appearing in movies. Think for instance Omega in Bond, Seiko in Apocalypse Now, Hamilton in Men in Black or Heuer in Le Mans. Most of the time, we are talking about brief, cameo appearances. In some movies, however, this accessory can become a true cast member. Such was the case in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (2014), where two Hamilton watches are visible and one plays a huge role in the plot. This watch, created specifically for the movie, is now available in a limited edition. Meet the new Hamilton Khaki Field Murph.
Surprisingly, even though the watch seen in Interstellar is now well-known, it wasn’t an existing model but a dedicated design for the movie. Two watches appear in Nolan’s blockbuster, but Murphy’s piece clearly is the one to remember. “In the film, the existence of humanity is under threat and a team from NASA uses interstellar travel to try to find a new planet. Cooper, a former NASA pilot, joins the mission which means leaving his daughter, Murph. Cooper gives Murph his watch. From inside the ‘tesseract’ of the fifth dimension, Cooper sends a message using Morse code through the seconds hand of Murph’s watch. It is the quantum data that will help humanity escape dying Earth. When she works out the formula, Murph shouts ‘Eureka!’ to mark her discovery. Humanity is saved.” This is where the watch becomes a key element of the movie.
Having this in mind, and as the brand is celebrating its “Cinema Year”, it was the opportunity for Hamilton to finally have a reproduction of this model on the market. With its 42mm diameter and its black dial, with vintage elements such as the cathedral hands or the beige Arabic numerals, the Hamilton Khaki Field Murph remains in line with the rest of the collection. However, there are special features to make it unique and linked with the Interstellar movie.
Compared to the watch worn by Murphy (played by Mackenzie Foy) in the movie, the present limited edition has the word “Eureka” printed in lacquer in Morse code on the seconds hand. Barely visible to the naked eye, it is a nice and discreet reference to the movie and to the role it played in the plot. In addition to this, the watch features the calibre H-10, an evolution of ETA, with an extended power reserve (80 hours) and improved accuracy. The movement is visible through the caseback.
The links to the movie don’t end there. In close collaboration with the film’s award-winning production designer, Nathan Crowley, Hamilton developed a special box which is an inspiration of the famous tesseract from the film. The Hamilton Khaki Field Murph itself is not limited, but the special packaging is. Just 2,555 have been produced. The coloured stripes recall the inside of the supercube where Cooper is when he discovers he can communicate with Murph through time and space.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Murph is now available at official retailers and is priced at EUR 895. More details on www.hamiltonwatch.com.