Although watchmaking has had a close and highly visible relationship with cinema for nearly as long as there have been wristwatches, the increasingly cinematic world of video games remains an untapped market for watch brand tie-ins outside of small-scale cameos for Seiko in series like “Metal Gear Solid” and “Final Fantasy.” It’s only fitting that Hamilton, with its prolific track record of over 500 Hollywood film appearances, has made the first serious Swiss foray into breaking into the gaming space. Hamilton’s attempt at bringing its products to game consoles everywhere is no half-measure or afterthought, tying heavily into the plot of Ubisoft’s upcoming blockbuster first-person shooter “Far Cry 6” and spawning a real-world iteration of this special digital design. The new Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition is a ruggedly stylish riff on the brand’s cornerstone field watch design, equally suited to liberating a fictional Caribbean dictatorship or a casual camping weekend.
The fully brushed 42mm titanium case of the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition follows the same classic field watch lines as the standard Khaki Field series. With its long tapering lugs, narrow steeply sloping bezel, and prominent pillbox crown this will likely carry a sizeable presence on the wrist, but the lightweight nature of titanium should help to mitigate the sense of heft. Hamilton keeps the “Far Cry 6” tie-in minimal for this case, with only a limited edition number engraving around the sapphire display caseback to indicate this is a specialty model. As with the standard Khaki Field Titanium Automatic, the brand rates this watch at a solidly sporting 100 meters of water resistance.
Like the case, the dial of the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition keeps its video game roots subtle. The fictional Caribbean island setting of “Far Cry 6” is a gritty and realistic one, and rather than aiming for an outlandish hyper-stylized take on Hamilton’s stalwart field watch design the brand instead looks to capture what the leader of a band of island freedom fighters might realistically wear. The end result is a familiar and quintessentially Hamilton look, but with a handful of tough visual flourishes. Naturally, given the warm and humid Caribbean environment, tropical lume is a must, and Hamilton obliges with a sandy fauxtina lume fill for its syringe-tipped sword hands and bold printed Arabic numerals. The 6 o’clock numeral takes on a stencil-style split appearance for an added military-inspired touch, while the arrow-tipped seconds hand is painted a vibrant red in reference to the island’s guerilla forces. The rest of the design is nuanced and detailed without coming off as overwhelming in images. The main hours track sits in a recessed azurage ring, breaking up the businesslike grainy matte black main dial surface with an added sense of depth and texture. Hamilton also adds an inner 24-hour scale in white, reinforcing the design’s military roots and giving the watch a pleasantly busy feel in initial photos. However, Hamilton wisely avoids giving the Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition a date window, which could easily leave this complex field watch layout feeling overcrowded or unbalanced.
Inside the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition beats the ETA-based H-10 automatic movement, made exclusively by ETA for Hamilton’s parent company, Swatch Group. The H-10 is a solid modern performer, with a beefy 80-hour power reserve thanks to a slightly slow 21,600 bph beat rate as well as an advanced Nivachron balance spring. Hamilton tops this capable movement with a signed skeleton rotor, but movement finishing is otherwise simple and functional. Hamilton pairs the Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition with both a warm distressed medium brown leather NATO strap and a textured two-piece nubuck strap in sandy tan.
Whether fighting through the island jungles of “Far Cry 6” or on the wrist for a casual weekend away, the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition is a nuanced and stylish first foray for the brand into the world of video games. Only 1,983 examples of the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic Far Cry 6 Limited Edition will be made, and the watch will be available through authorized dealers on October 7, 2021 at an MSRP of $1,195. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.