Marvel’s latest comic book character to spring from the panels on the page is a strange one – literally.
In Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the titular role, and is tasked with saving the world from a series of supernatural foes. With psychedelic trips through different realities and mind- (and world) bending sequences throughout, it’s a wonder that the surgeon-turned-sorcerer can keep track of it all.
However, thanks to the watch on his wrist, at least Marvel’s newest superhero is able to keep tabs on time – no mean feat in a film that slows down, speeds up and reserves hours in equal measure. If you’ve seen the film already, you’ll know how prominent a part the watch plays. And, if you were wondering what the timepiece was, look no further…
What is the watch?
The watch worn by Doctor Strange, first put on his wrist when he is living the high life in New York City, is a Jaeger LeCoultre. Specifically, it is a £27,700 Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual, in white gold.
With an automatic movement, this 39mm watch was inevitably chosen for the film as, while the silver-coloured case and black alligator strap have a cold, clinical look, the stars and moon of the day/night indicator bring a touch of the celestial and other-worldly to proceedings.
What can it do?
Other that inspiring would-be world savers, the Master Ultra Thin Perpetual contains 336 pieces that make it a true beacon of horological engineering.
Water resistant to 5 bar, and crafted from the aforementioned white gold, the thickness of the case is just 9.2mm – a dimension that earns the watch its ‘ultra thin’ name. Self-winding and with 28,800 vibrations per hour, the watch is a real trick up the Sorcerer Supreme’s sleeve.
46 jewels allow for the year, month, date, hour, minute, second and moon phases to be flawlessly relayed to the wearer – across the three hands, a trio of subdials and a year window.
How does it look?
Ultra thin in profile, the 39mm watch is a little more exciting head on. Its dark colours give it a visual unity and a clean, contemporary appearance. Numerals or digits have been eschewed in favour of polished black nickel markers, and the silvered dial is commendably tidy for a watch that tells so much.
The strap is black alligator leather, and sports an 18mm pin buckle. This is the model used in Doctor Strange, yet the timepiece is also available in pink gold and stainless steel, with the option of a brown strap. But it is the day/night indicator window that really characterises this Jaeger LeCoultre. A deep blue holds a sky of stars and the sun – and draws the eye both in person and on the screen.
So, if you’re off to see Doctor Strange this weekend, look out for Cumberbatch’s fellow screen star.