Editor's Picks: 4 Watches That Are Too Hot To Handle
1/4 Franck Muller
Franck Muller’s latest wristwatch celebrates Switzerland, the watchmaker’s home country. Limited to just 50 pieces, this ticker’s openworked movement comes in bright red and is housed in a hand-polished titanium case complete with white enamel coating. Wear with a white alligator strap.
2/4 Backes & Strauss
Backes & Strauss has collaborated with London-based bespoke watch specialist Splendore Unique to reimagine the iconic oval-shaped Regent Backes & Strauss timepieces. Arabic-Hindi numerals have been applied using a décalque technique, which requires artisans to hand-paint them by tracing. Choose from five colours: British Racing Green, Backes Blue, Red, Burgundy or Black. Well, if you can get your hands on one. Each colour is limited to just ten pieces.
3/4 Patek Philippe
Congratulations to Patek Philippe, which announced the opening of its new ten-storey manufacturing facility this summer. To celebrate, Patek has launched a limited-edition stainless-steel Calatrava, referencing the symbol of the 12th-century Calatrava Knights of Spain and Portugal, which retails for US$28,351. The commemorative 40 mm timepiece is made from stainless steel (not unlike the new manufacture) and comes with a beautiful blue dial that features a carbon-style texture. Only 1,000 pieces will be made, so get yours—quick!
When MB&F’s Maximilian Büsser and L’Epée 1839’s Arnaud Nicolas announced they were joining forces, nobody could have anticipated the resulting timepiece: Destination Moon. This rocket-shaped artwork doubles as a clock, and comes with a fun spaceman made from silver, which magnetically attaches to the spaceship’s boarding ladder. Available in five limited editions of 50 pieces each: choose from black-, green-, red-, blue- or silver-coloured engines. To infinity, and beyond!
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