Following their collaboration on Interstellar (2014), director Christopher Nolan and watchmaker Hamilton joined forces for Nolan’s latest film, Tenet (2020). The resulting watch was a special edition of one of Hamilton’s standard models. Available with either a blue or red seconds arrow, both variants of the Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO Tenet Special Edition are limited to 888 pieces each and are presented in special packaging designed by Tenet’s production designer.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Do you remember the scene in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), when Mark Wahlberg, who plays hapless inventor Cade Yeager, almost gets thrown out of Bumblebee as the Autobot shoots up London? As Wahlberg screams and holds on for dear life, he’s strapped to Breitling’s Cockpit B50 Night Mission. This chronograph also comes with split time and flyback functions, as well as a second time zone, a perpetual calendar, two alarms, a lap function and a countdown timer with alarm. What else could you need while saving the world?
Batman Begins (2005)
Val Kilmer might not be the most famous Batman actor, but he was the first Bruce Wayne to wear the luxury Reverso timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre. So watch nerds and cinephiles alike were thrilled when this handsome watch made a comeback on Christian Bale's wrist in Batman Begins (2005). Jaeger-LeCoultre also made an appearance in the Dark Knight Rises (2012) with its limited edition Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931.
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Omega Speedmaster was an obvious choice for the hit movie Apollo 13 (1995), which is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission. This watch actually assisted in saving the astronauts’ lives in real life by helping them navigate safely after their ship’s oxygen tank exploded about 200,000 miles from Earth. More recently, the watchmaker unveiled the “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary, which pays tribute to Nasa having presented its Silver Snoopy Award to Omega in 1970, following the crew’s safe return home.
Le Mans (1971)
At a December 2020 watch auction in New York, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, sold a Tag Heuer Monaco worn by actor Steve McQueen during the filming of his iconic racing film Le Mans (1971). On the last day of filming, McQueen gave the timepiece to his personal mechanic, Haig Alltounian, who treasured it for nearly 50 years. Introduced in 1969, the Monaco was one of the world’s first self-winding chronograph wristwatches and became famous for its square-shaped waterproof case.
Dr No (1962)
Sean Connery found international fame as Hollywood's original James Bond, ultimately setting the tone for what Ian Fleming's 007 would embody on the silver screen. The Scottish actor wore several watch brands as Bond, but when he starred in Dr No (1962) Connery secured himself a place in watchmaking history with his Rolex Submariner Ref 6538. In 2018, Christie’s sold a Ref 6538 featuring a rare Explorer dial for an eye-watering US$1,068,500, making it the most expensive Submariner ever sold at auction.