Hamilton, according to CEO Sylvain Dolla, is going great guns, in particular on its top three markets the USA, Japan and Italy, but also in many other countries, with Thailand and Turkey enjoying notable growth.
Every ten years, Hamilton produces a gold watch aimed particularly at collectors, at a price well beyond the brand’s normal range. This year, the Jazzmaster Thinline Gold has just been launched, with solid pink gold 40mm case and crown, a slightly domed dial, applied indices and a natural leather strap. It is the classic two-hand dress watch, minimalist, with the date window at 6 o’clock enhancing its symmetry. Would it be even better without a date window? That’s a never-ending source of debate, but, as Sylvain Dolla himself said, the date window is very important on some markets, and so for the moment it stays. The dauphine hands are coated with SuperLuminova.
The movement is the self-winding ETA 2892-2, chosen (rather than the H-xx movements that ETA makes specifically for Hamilton) for its thinness that increases the elegance of this piece. The calibre can be seen through the display caseback. The case is waterproof to 3 bar (30 metres, meaning resistant to just splashes and rain, no swimming or showering). The strap is in black calfskin. (The movement is shown inverted in the photo below, because it is a reflection in the mirror behind the watch).
The watch is a limited edition of 1,892 pieces (the number is a reference to Hamilton’s date of foundation), each costing €4,690. Already available for order at Hamilton boutiques.