Given their fine taste and ability to pay a premium for collectors’ items, it’s difficult to select timepieces for the modern-day royal. Handcrafted opulence, limited production, and badge value have determined this curation of timepieces. By Mitrajit Bhattacharya
1. Art Piece Edition Historique – Greubel Forsey
They make just about 100 watches a year. So, each watch is rather special. This timepiece
is as aesthetically exceptional as it is brilliant. Combining technicity, exclusivity, and fine craftsmanship, it presents a new vision of time in the spirit of the revived philosophy of
haute horlogerie. Of the 33 watches, the first 11 are in platinum and the 22 subsequent ones in different materials. There are only 33 pieces available.
2. Dream Finissima Minute Repeater – Bulgari
Limited to just 10 pieces, this watch is powered by a mechanical manufacture extra-thin movement with a two-hammer minute repeater, not so common in ladies’ timepieces. In a 37mm 18K white-gold case, petals are fully snow-set in round cut diamonds. The dial is in a stunning aventurine blue set with nine diamond indices and an off-centre seconds counter.
3. Langematik Perpetual Honeygold – A Lange & Söhne
Launched at SIHH Geneva 2019, this watch promises to display the correct date
until the year 2100. The limited special edition of the proven self-winding calibre with the zero-reset mechanism is available with a case in honey gold. Used exclusively by A. Lange & Söhne, the material is hard and robust, adding to the longevity of the watch. The watch is limited to 100 pieces only.
4. Spirit of big Bang Titanium Full Pave – Hublot
This one represents the Spirit of Big Bang in titanium. The case size is a rather large 39mm. The case in polished titanium is set with 156 diamonds measuring 0.9ct. The bezel
with characteristic six H-shaped screws is set with 50 diamonds totalling 1.0ct. The titanium dial bursts out in the glory of 406 diamonds of 1.3ct.
5. Big Pilot Perpetual Calendra Spitfire – IWC
This perpetual calendar watch comes with the 52615 IWC-manufactured calibre, which has a power reserve of seven days. The heavy-duty components of the Pellaton winding are made with wear-resistant ceramic. The perpetual calendar is supposed to work accurately until 2100. The double moon display shows the in the correct position in both the hemispheres, and takes 577.5 years to require a day’s adjustment. The sapphire glass back lets you see the highly embellished calibre. Limited to 250 pieces.