Hands-On The Hamilton Video Game Watch Is Finally Here
Back in May, news broke that Hamilton made a custom watch specifically for a video game – Far Cry 6. At the time, all we really knew was that the watch was in the game and that the special timepiece would be served up to any gamer who completes the game's first mission. We weren't sure if or when we'd ever get the chance to see the watch in the non-pixelated real world. Over the past four months, we've gotten more adjusted to concepts like NFTs. Maybe a non-fungible watch is just as desirable as a fungible piece.watches replicas
For the traditionalists out there, Hamilton has in fact created a real-world watch that we can strap to our very real wrists (unless you're one of those people who still believe we live in the Matrix).
Feast your eyes on the new Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition. This isn't the first time Hamilton has crafted the Khaki in the ultralight, and ultra-durable material, but this one has some unique design flourishes in connection to the Far Cry 6 collaboration.
When the news first broke about this watch, we had but one screenshot of the game. We could sort of see the watch, but it wasn't a clear shot. Needless to say, I was fairly certain of what I was getting before experiencing it in the metal. I'll admit though, it was strange to see the watch in a game-still before seeing it seemingly pulled from the screen into real life. The entire time I spent wearing it, I felt like I was in a video game, myself. But I digress.
My first impression is just how big the watch is. Sure I knew that the entire collection of Titanium Khaki watches clocks in at 42mm, but it wears a lot larger than that. I think there are three reasons that's true. The first is just how broad the dial is. There is basically no bezel, and what bezel there is slopes down so drastically as to give off the impression it isn't there. The numerals are quite large, not disproportionately so, but large enough to make everything feel bigger. Then there are the lugs. When I put the leather NATO-style strap on my wrist, the watch really seems to hang over both sides. It’s worth noting that the watch also comes with an additional brown nubuck leather strap and changing tool, so it may very well wear differently in that configuration.
Once you get past the size, there's truly a lot to like about the design. For one thing, Hamilton did away with the engraved "Titanium" branding on the side of the case. That was a sticking point for a lot of enthusiasts who felt the design choice to be a bit too over-explainy. This new cleaner case is unmistakably titanium. The dark hue is the first giveaway, and the light weight is the second.
For a watch meant to do battle in Far Cry 6, the titanium aesthetic gives it a darker, tougher character. In fact, all of the images we've seen of the game feature an almost sandy, orange hue – like napalm smoke from a scene straight out of Apocalypse Now. That coloration is translated directly to those large painted numerals. The aesthetic doesn't so much feel like faux-patina as it does a simple color choice.Rolex replica swiss
The vinyl dial itself is split into an almost sector-like layout but the sectors are not divided by color. Instead they are divided by texture where the outer seconds track and inner 24-hour readout have a flat, muted black background where the hour-ring has a pronounced mirror sunray finish in black.
In terms of legibility, Hamilton does a great job, as usual. This is a field watch, with no complication other than telling the time, that manages to indicate hours (both 12 and 24), minutes, and seconds in a visually pleasing, functional formation. Dial text is minimal as well, with just the Hamilton wordmark – sans logo – and the words Khaki and Automatic taking us home.
The red seconds hand pops off the dial, and was one of the first things I noticed from the original video game rendering. But there's one Easter egg hiding in plain sight. Sandwiched between the words Swiss and Made is the number six. Look closely and you'll see it has two slits at the top and bottom. No other numeral on the dial is illustrated this way and that's because it's a callout to the sixth installment of Far Cry and mirrors the typographical treatment of that number in the game's logo.
Like the regular production Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium pieces, this watch has an exhibition caseback showcasing the cal. H-10 automatic movement featuring 80 hours of power reserve. The large signed Hamilton crown allows for easy and satisfying winding of that movement. In addition to the extra strap and tool, the watch is delivered in eco-friendly packaging, in a set that also includes a leather pouch. The watch will be limited to only 1,983 pieces (a nod to a year that's key to the game's plot).
I'm a (watch) lover, not a gamer. I can really only appreciate half of this collaboration earnestly – but I do think it's extremely cool to see Hamilton make unique watches for video games like it does for movies like Interstellar and Tenet. I'm not rushing out to buy a new Playstation just yet, but if Hamilton keeps this up, I just might. Game on, Hamilton.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition: case, stainless steel, 100-meter water resistance, 42mm x 11.45mm thick with exhibition caseback. Black dial with Arabic numerals and Super-Luminova. Movement, Hamilton H-10 hand-wound (base ETA C07.611), with 80-hour power reserve and Nivachron balance spring. Limited to 1,983 pieces. Price, $1,195.