An epic historical film by one of the greatest directors of our time, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is one of the most-anticipated motion pictures in recent years. Sourced from vintage collectors around the world, Hamilton curated six period-correct watches underscoring the pivotal role of time in Nolan’s pulse-pounding thriller.
“To achieve the highest level of period accuracy and expression of character, vintage timepieces were selected to adorn the wrists of three of the film’s central characters: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Katherine ‘Kitty’ Oppenheimer and Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, Jr.,” said the luxury watchmaker.
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER
For J. Robert Oppenheimer, three models were selected. The Cushion B, Endicott and Lexington, each embodying heritage American design with flourishes of Art Deco styling. The references balance scientific precision and focus with a pioneering spirit of individuality.
The 1930s Cusion B features a gold-plated, 26.7 mm case, coupled with a brown lizard strap, cream-coloured dial and mechanical movement. The Endicott (1940s) sports a 29 mm, gold-and-silver-plated case, presented on a green calf-leather strap. The dial is finished in black. Time is kept by a mechanical movement. An elegant timepiece, the 1940s Lexington features a gold-plated case, housing a mechanical movement, and champagne-coloured dial. The watch is presented on a brown calf-leather strap.
KATHERINE ‘KITTY’ OPPENHEIMER
The 1947 Lady Hamilton A-2 in 14-carat gold adorns Kitty Oppenheimer’s wrist. This piece features a 13.5 mm x 15 mm rectangular case and white dial. A mechanical movement keeps time.
GENERAL LESLIE GROVES, JR
Hamilton’s rugged, military prowess is fully displayed on Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, Jr., who wears the Piping Rock and Military Ordnance pieces. The 1920s Piping Rock’s round bezel and champagne-coloured dial is set in a 30 mm square-shaped, steel case, coupled with a black calf-leather strap. The Military Ordnance (1940s) features a 30 mm steel case and black dial. The watch is presented on a green nylon strap.
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is an IMAX-shot thriller thrusting audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of enigmatic theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy) who must risk destroying the world in order to save it. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan.
The star-studded cast includes Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, biologist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, Oscar-winner Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves, Jr., director of the Manhattan Project, and Robert Downey, Jr. as Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Academy Award-nominee Florence Pugh plays psychiatrist Jean Tatlock; Benny Safdie, theoretical physicist Edward Teller; Michael Angarano, Robert Serber; and Josh Hartnett, American nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence. Oppenheimer also stars Oscar-winner Rami Malek and reunites Nolan with eight-time Oscar-nominated actor, writer and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh. Gary Oldman makes an appearance as then-US president Harry S. Truman.