Last night marked the U.S. premiere of The Matrix: Resurrections, the fourth installment in the Matrix canon, which brings Keanu Reeves' Neo back to the silver screen. I was in San Francisco to attend this first screening – and after a party complete with a fireworks display over the Bay – which had a star-studded turnout of attendees including Reeves himself, Carrie-Anne Moss, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, among others. Director Lana Wachowski introduced the film on the front stage of the historic and exceedingly deco Castro Theater. The entire street was shut down for the event, and the building was lit up by projected images of green Matrix code in motion.
The curtains separated to reveal the screen and the film began. While I won't spoil the movie here, I will say … see it. It's an action-packed and satisfying conclusion (though never say never) to the Matrix mythos that will appeal to hardcore fans and the passively interested, alike. Of course, there must be a horological reason for me to have seen this film. And right you are. Two watches – both from Hamilton – are connected to the movie. One is a promotional tie-in (to put it mildly) and the other is quite literally in it.
We’ll start with the former – a watch we didn't see coming, but one that makes all the sense in the (real or digital) world. Two weeks ago, Hamilton – as if from thin air – dropped a new piece that can be slotted firmly into its well-known cinematic heritage. In conjunction with The Matrix: Resurrections, the brand created the new, limited edition, PSR MTX (that's a lot of consonants, I know). Iterating off the modern Hamilton Pulsar recreation from last year – called PSR now, for trademark purposes – this new release takes that watch, turns the case black, and the LED readout green. And if you haven't yet picked up on it, the MTX stands for Matrix … you know, like the movie.
Of course there are small design flourishes – Easter eggs, if you will – that tie into the upcoming film but the new color palette, on both case and screen, is the star attraction here. The case and bracelet are still made of steel, just like the regular production model, but both now are coated in black PVD which gives the watch a matte, brushed, almost futuristic effect.
As mentioned, the watch is limited, but to a very specific number: 1,999 pieces. That probably strikes you as an odd choice, one shy of 2,000. But if you're a Matrix fanatic, you'll recognize that to be a play off of the year the original film was released – 1999. It's worth noting that this watch does not appear in the film itself, but is rather a celebratory timepiece.
There's that famous quote in the original Matrix film which I always thought was as applicable to our watch world as it was the fictional universe of Neo and company. The line is read by Morpheus, and goes, "You Take The Red Pill - You Stay In Wonderland, And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes." That's kind of what we do here at HODINKEE – we're like the Matrix of watches, just without the need for pills, but I digress.
Hamilton is so deeply entrenched in the world of cinema that it doesn't shock me to see this release. Last year, I got hands-on with the Hamilton watches from the Christopher Nolan film, Tenet. The difference is that those watches were made specifically for the movie and appeared in the movie, whereas this watch is merely inspired by the film.
But of course, it goes deeper than that. In a recent release from the brand, Hamilton International CEO Vivian Stauffer tackled this idea by saying, "While the PSR MTX isn't worn in The Matrix Resurrections, we see such a clear link between the story of the world's first digital watch and the digital universe of The Matrix."
The PSR (original Pulsar, to be precise) has its own cinematic bona fides, as well. It appeared on the wrist of a certain strapping British MI6 agent when Roger Moore wore it in his turn as James Bond in Live and Let Die. Matrix tie-in or not, this watch is just cool. It's almost an obvious design choice to black out the entire watch and give it the bright green display. I'll argue that the green is more legible to read than the red on the regular production model, and I love that watch, too.
It is neat to see the treatment done to the caseback, which features the iconic Matrix typography. Each watch, in addition to being limited, is numbered on the caseback. It might be hard to find amidst all that Matrix-y lettering, but it's there. It would seem that this watch got a fair amount of the buying public's attention as it sold out in just about a week in the United States.
But that wasn't all. In the darkened theater, up on the silver screen, Matrix newcomer Yahya Abdul Mateen II wears a particular Hamilton chronograph in the film in his turn as Morpheus. It's the white panda dial Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono. The watch can be spotted quite clearly in a scene early in the film so keep your eyes peeled. The Matrix Resurrections will hit theaters worldwide and HBO Max on December 22.
Live photos, Kasia Milton
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