What you need to know about Lee Min Ho’s precious watch in ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’
Fit for an emperor
If you’ve been binge-watching Korean dramas at home, I’m sure you’ve either started watching or have added Netflix’s newest series, The King: Eternal Monarch, to your to-watch list. Starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun, the fantasy-romance series tells the story of “a modern-day Korean emperor passes through a mysterious portal and into a parallel world, where he encounters a feisty police detective”.
*Spoiler alert* In episode one, you would’ve noticed Lee Min Ho’s character, Emperor Lee Gon’s watch, during his horseback-riding practice, and later, in episode two, when he was brought back to the police station after running into Kim Go Eun’s character, Detective Jung Tae Eul.
While being temporarily locked up in the cell, public service worker Jo Eun Seob—played by Woo Do Hwan—noticed Lee Gon's watch that was kept on the table, which prompted the emperor to state that, “It’s the only watch in this world that was made to celebrate the first victory of Maximus, my fine horse”. Except that it isn’t, and you can actually get your hands on one too.
Here’s what you need to know about the watch:
It’s not the only watch in this world—or in another parallel universe
It’s actually from Longines’ Master collection, which was launched 15 years ago. The L2.618.104.22.168 model has a triple date calendar, a moonphase display, and a chronograph function, and it retails at RM12,550.
Its design strikes the right balance between traditional and modern
Unlike the Longines Heritage collection that embodies all the vintage qualities from its archives that we love, the Master collection is catered towards those who appreciate a good mix of both retro and modern details. The watch comes with a brown alligator strap that complements the distinct silver "barleycorn" dial, but the Arabic numerals give it a more modern finish. For those who appreciate what's under the hood, it comes with a transparent case back that lets you appreciate its artistry and view the mechanics at one glance.
It’s available in seven variations
If this combination doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are six other options for you to choose from—from stainless steel or alligator strap, to 18-karat pink gold or stainless steel case, to sunray blue, black, or silver “barleycorn” dial. IMO, the leather strap and 18-karat pink gold combo gives the timepiece a more alluring appeal.