Hamilton, the Swiss brand with a rich American heritage, is making waves in the watch world by infusing vibrant hues into its less-hyped collections. While every Hamilton watch is a fan favorite, the Boulton collection, inspired by the delectable macarons, is stealing the spotlight with its petite 1940s charm, quartz movements, and steel cases.
Originally introduced in 1940, the Hamilton Boulton has stood the test of time, earning its place as one of the brand’s most beloved timepieces. Its slender size, classic dial, and reliable movements have captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts. The addition of quartz movements in the ’80s revamped the Boulton, and its reissue in 2009 solidified its position as a timeless classic. The recent cameo in an Indiana Jones film has only added to its popularity, prompting Hamilton to give it a colorful update.
Hamilton Boulton: A Timeless Classic Reimagined
The influence of macarons on the Boulton collection might seem whimsical, but the results are undeniably delightful. The dials, adorned with bold Roman numerals and small seconds hands, showcase a classic aesthetic. The peppermint blue and vanilla beige dials fully embrace color, while lemon yellow and pistachio green delicately highlight the numerals on white dials. Each variant comes with a color-matched leather strap, and with a 16mm lug width, there’s room for experimentation with aftermarket options.
The Boulton case, cherished for 80 years, marries the tonneau shape with the comfort of a rectangle. If the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is Art Deco, then the Boulton is Art Nouveau. Although this edition is one of the smaller sizes produced, its vintage vibes make it gender-neutral. With dimensions of 23.5mm wide by 27.4mm long, a 37mm lug-to-lug length, and a height of 8.64mm, it promises a comfortable and sleek fit on any wrist.
Powered by an ETA 980.163 quartz movement, the Boulton is designed for casual and occasional wear. However, its versatility allows for daily use, especially if your wardrobe complements its color palette. With a 50m water resistance, it’s not suitable for swimming, but it offers peace of mind in heavy rain or accidental submersion.
The Hamilton Boulton Macaron collection is ready to adorn wrists with its sweet colors. Available on Hamilton’s website and through authorized dealers, this collection is priced at A$1,125 and US$645.