Art is the buzzword of the times, so it’s no surprise this year’s limited edition watches are almost pieces of art. There are many to choose from, but I’ve picked a few exceptional pieces that will really stand out in your collection.
The Metiers d’Art Les Masques collection by Vacheron Constantin is possibly the most creative of the lot. The masks, crafted in real gold on the dial, showcase four distinct forms of primitive art from across the world, including replicas of the masks from the renowned Barbier-Muller Museum, Geneva. Additionally, the timepieces feature short poems by Michel Butor, delicately inscribed on the sides of the dial. The featured masks are from a variety of places, such as the Congo, China, Alaska and Indonesia, and are available in a set of four to only 25 patrons in 2007. And if you can’t get enough of this amazing series, Vacheron Constantin promises to continue the saga, unravelling four new masks every year over the next three years, with a complete collection of 12 masks.
Another stunner, which keeps up with the pink dial trend, is Ferrari by Panerai, created to celebrate 60 years of the House of Maranello. Encased in a champagne-pink gold case, the dial holds the prancing Ferrari horse, while the perpetual calendar is designed to resemble the plan of a racing circuit. Programmed to indicate the correct date until 2100, the watch boasts of technical and aesthetic excellence. In a limited edition of 60 pieces, this is a must-buy for Ferrari lovers and Panerai patrons.
The most gimmicky watch this year has to be the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon. Not only is it a novelty mechanism of great precision but it also carries with it a mysterious game of chance. The dial features a golden bridge, the tourbillon cage, the face of a slot machine (featuring combinations of spades, hearts, diamonds, horseshoes and bells) and a striking mechanism, all within a compact vintage 1945 case. And here’s the true challenge—in the possible 125 combinations, only one represents the jackpot: three bells in a row.
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