It’s red carpet season and we have seen many fine timepieces at the award shows and film festivals leading up the big show, the Oscars. But this week, Ethan Hawke’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hometime (pictured here at the BAFTAs in London) is the watch that caught our fancy.
Hawke, of course, is the poster boy for the slacker era. But the simple, symmetrical styling of the Hometime helps find sartorial balance between his scruffy goatee and elegant tux. Because of its clean, uncluttered look, it would also look just as great with more casual attire (although we would have to draw the line at ripped jeans and flannel shirts).
Considering his Oscar-nominated movie Boyhood was filmed over a 12-year period, and his Before trilogy of films spans two decades, this time machine has features that seem especially appropriate for Hawke. For instance, the Master Hometime quickset functions moves only the hour hand so you can adjust the time on the main display quickly in one-hour increments without affecting the minute hand. This easy-to-read-display lets you track time in one time zone while a skeletonized hand indicates the hour at home. There is also an associated day/night indicator and a date correction function.
The inner mechanics of the Master Hometime are also a work of harmony. No matter how turbulent your travels may be, the bridge of the automatic Caliber 975H movement is fitted with two rests and the balance spring is laser-welded to the stud and collet. This helps ensure stability as you journey through time and space.
Finally, we like Hawke’s choice of JLC because, like Hawke and his multi-year projects, the classic look and craftsmanship of the Master Hometime continues to age gracefully.