Watches & Wonders 2021: 5 Limited-Edition Watches For The Collector That Already Has Everything
From Greubel Forsey to Jaeger-LeCoultre, these are some of the best limited-edition watches that have been unveiled at Watches & Wonders 2021. Collectors have been buying low-production watches for years, but rare editions have become increasingly popular during the pandemic. Highly collectible, these new novelties will make great additions to your watch portfolio.
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Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger's Eye by H Moser & Cie
The latest addition to H Moser & Cie’s minimalistic Endeavour collection, the new Tourbillon Concept Tiger's Eye comes with two dials, each of which is limited to 50 pieces. If that wasn't exclusive enough, the watchmaker has also announced that they will only create 20 of these watches per year, so we advise that you sign up to H Moser’s waiting list fast. Collectors can choose between a white gold case and blue dial, which is made using a hard stone called Falcon's Eye, and a red gold case and red dial, which is made with what’s called Ox’s Eye. Both novelties measure a sizeable 40 mm in diameter and house a tourbillon with skeletonised bridges at six o’clock.
1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 by Montblanc
Frequently inspired by hulking glaciers and glittering lakes, Montblanc has introduced the new 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858, for which the watchmaker has abandoned its usual alpine inspiration in favour of the dusty desert. Limited to (yes, you guessed it!) 1858 pieces, this watch boasts a sandy-beige fumé dial and a case back illustration of the Gobi Desert's Flaming Cliffs, which pays tribute to brand ambassador Reinhold Messner's extraordinary solo trek across northern China and southern Mongolia in 2004. In just five weeks, the mountaineer hiked more than 1,200 miles.
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Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso owners: hold onto your hats! Jaeger-LeCoultre has just unveiled the world's first four-faced watch, which can be yours for a staggering US$1.35 million. The watchmaker is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its Reverso collection this year, so this new world record couldn't be more perfectly timed. Named Hybris Mechanica Caliber 185 Quadriptyque, it's allegedly taken six years of research to develop and perfect. The watch's new movement boasts 11 different complications and 12 patents, making this Reverso the most complicated ever made.
GMT Sport by Greubel Forsey
Good luck getting Greubel Forsey's new cutting-edge GMT Sport. Only 33 will be made, and each comes with a chunky titanium case back that's strapped onto the wrist using a supple, fully integrated metal bracelet. Pops of blue adorn the crown and jam-packed dial, which is designed with a central suspended arched bridge and tourbillon bridge. Both are openworked to highlight the three-dimensional movement of the globe and 24-second indicator ring.
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Métiers d'Art Tribute to the Great Explorers by Vacheron Constantin
A series of three ten-piece limited editions by Vacheron Constantin, these new miniature masterpieces pay tribute to Portuguese explorers Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral. Each watch comes with an intricate Grand Feu enamel dial that's inspired by the Miller Atlas. Also known as the Lopo Homem-Reineis Atlas, the Miller Atlas is a richly illustrated map that took about three years to make, from 1519 to 1522. A reproduction is kept in the Portuguese Maritime Museum in Lisbon, and now you can wear this little piece of history on your wrist, thanks to the novelty's handsome off-centre display.