There’s something about the pairing of the words “limited” and “edition” which makes every consumer’s heart miss a beat. The idea that only a few other people have what we have makes even the most commonplace object suddenly seem unique. However, there’s nothing common about the following list of watches, compiled by Observer.com: the brands are well known, the work is masterful and each design looks like a piece of art.
Here are four limited edition collections we’d like to own:
Triple Crown Conquest Classic Special Edition by Longines: This watch, inspired by The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing sponsored by Longines, is available in three limited versions: 160 pieces of stainless steel ($4,200); 160 pieces of two-tone steel and rose gold ($4,600); and 60 pieces made with 18K rose gold ($13,500).
Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT, 49 mm, by Panerai: Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Panerai created this highly skeletonized timepiece, priced at a minimum of $395,000. The design and materials can be customized by the client, with the price changing accordingly. The Carillon features a minute repeater, a tourbillon and a GMT display.
6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon by Patek Philippe: Not a limited edition exactly – but a limited production, owned in part to the very complex production process. The watch, which took seven years to design and plan, features a tourbillon, minute repeater, sky chart (which shows the evening sky in whatever region you happen to be in), a moon-phase display and a perpetual calendar. Each watch is double-faceted and completely hand crafted, which is another factor that may explain its 1,250,000 CHF price tag (approximately $1.25 million).
Babylonian II by Alexander Shorokhoff: Only 300 pieces were made of the Babylonian II – a hand-engraved timepiece (front and back) powered by a hand-wound movement. The center of the dial features the sun, the moon and two wavy lines representing the ancient Babylon rivers Tigris and Euphrates. The 47mm steel case features a blue mother of pearl ring with zodiac symbols. In comparison with other pieces on this list, the Babylonian II has a relative modest price tag of $3,250.