With only a few of these stylish and unique watches released to the market, you’ll keep uncommonly good time. Here are six of the best.
This stunning timepiece is one of a very limited edition of 30 watches to celebrate the jeweller Boucheron’s 150th anniversary. Produced in association with Boucheron artisans, the watch combines elegance and modern innovation with an 18 carat white gold case. The movement wheels are set in semi-precious and precious stones such as tiger-eye, jasper, black onyx and diamonds, a technique that took three years to perfect and the first time such stones have been used in watch production.
£400,000 (varies according to model)
This watch is unique twice over. Firstly, there is its spectacular appearance, with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and 44 diamonds inside its rose and white gold case. Secondly, proceeds of its sale go to the American Nicaraguan Foundation (www.aidnicaragua.org), ensuring that this is luxury at its most ethical.
Price discretionary, but minimum donation of £26,000
Designed to mark the 130th anniversary of the Glashütte German School of Watchmaking, this edition of 130 watches is a fantastic replica of the original 1878 watch. They’ve recreated the quintessential Glashütte design of the swan-neck hand movement, with hand engraving and three-quarter rose and white gold plate.
Part of their six watch Vintage Collection, this stylish timepiece was designed specifically as an homage to IWC’s first watch made for pilots in 1936, with a hand-wound movement and rotating bezel. In a limited platinum edition of 500, this encapsulates the very best of old-fashioned craftsmanship and modern style.
This watch is a truly envy-inducing piece of equipment, presented in stunning see-through sapphire crystal with a polished titanium bezel. The hand-wound mechanical movement is exclusive to Panerai with up to 18,000 alternations an hour, meaning that it is virtually impossible for it to lose time.
Aviators-turned-watchmakers Nick and Giles English have looked back to England’s great tradition of achievement in the sky with this patriotic timepiece, which uses parts from a famous WW2 fighter, the Spitfire Mk V. Limited to an edition of 120, this watch comes in a black steel and titanium case, and uses original Spitfire parts for the Chrono Trip Of Time dial.