We’ve hunted high and low to find some of the world’s most desirable watches. Each guarantees to add a serious touch of class to any wrist – or collection and we hope you enjoy this particular selection. Don’t forget to tell us which exclusive watch tickles your fancy and why, whether it’s on the list or not!
A. Lange & Söhne put German watchmaking on the map 18 years ago with its now-iconic Lange 1 model. The platinum Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar edition launched in 2012 is 41.9 mm in diameter, encased in sapphire glass with a centrally mounted solid gold and platinum rotor. It features a black crocodile leather strap, silver dial and rhodium hands.
With only 100 in circulation, it represents a unique investment but be prepared to stump up a hefty sum to get your hands on one.
In 2011 Blancpain began a subtle aesthetic reinterpretation of its classic Villeret collection. The new range has a Chinese-calendar containing the signs of the zodiac, a double apple 40mm white-gold case, Roman numerals and enamel ‘grand feu’ dials.
The watch has a stunning deep-blue lacquer achieved naturally by the blue colouration of the steel when exposed to heat in the presence of oxygen.
The Nabucco collection, named after an opera by iconic Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, was first conceived in 2007. Since then it has undergone some fine-tuning to arrive as Raymond Weil’s most impressive offering to date.
The pick of the collection is the elegant Rivoluzione designed in all-black to exude refinement, luxury, mystery and power. It has a 46mm titanium and steel case coated in black PVD with sides decorated in ultra-light carbon fibre.
The Transocean Chronograph Unitime is testament to the innovative spirit embodied by horology masterminds Breitling.The double disk allows the owner to view the time for all 24 time zones simultaneously and adjust all indications in one smooth and easy move thanks to its innovative patented mechanism.
For a bit of star quality, Breitling drafted in David Beckham to feature in their advertising campaign for this particular model.
With a focus on reinventing the tourbillon when the brand was launched in 2004, French watchmaking maestro Robert Greubel and his English business partner Stephen Forsey have created a technically advanced masterpiece reflected by its weighty £442,500 price tag.
The face of the GMT features a three-dimensional globe which is set by cities in each of the 24 time zones on a worldtime disc. It is a testament to the design that the face is loaded with information but still manages to be crisp, elegant and exudes class.
The Carbon Red Magic is the sport-themed brainchild of Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari and horology specialists Hublot. It features as part of the latter’s wider Big Bang collection and is limited to only 1,000 pieces.
It’s constructed with a carbon fibre case and bezel with black PVD titanium. The dial and hands are finished with satin rhodium whilst the face has a distinctive red sapphire crystal. It also boasts a UNICO self-winding chronograph fly-back movement.
Launched at Baselworld in 2012, the cushion-cased, yellow gold Reference 5940 mixes the silhouette of the classic round Calatrava with the sportier Nautilus model.
Powered by the self-winding calibre 240 Q movement, the watch squeezes an incredible 275 components into its ultra-thin 3.8mm profile thanks to the advanced technology of its Gyromax balance wheel. Topping things off is a hand-stitched matt chocolate brown alligator strap.
The Malte Collection is a centenary celebration of Vacheron Constantin’s signature tonneau shape and bears the iconic Swiss brand’s name of the emblem of the House.
The 2795 Reference edition is a juxtaposition of fine art and the best in micro-engineering with 169 parts and 27 jewels. It has a transparent case back revealing its Côtes de Genève, sand blasted dial and is built with 18 carat pink gold.
The Submariner was introduced in 1953 where it made headlines for being the first watch waterproof up to a depth of 100 metres. Since then it has amassed a legacy as famous as the people who have worn it. From Steve McQueen to Robert Redford, screen icons have been eager to be seen wearing versions of the Rolex classic.
It is the Bond watch of choice having been worn by no less than four actors portraying Britain’s most celebrated M16 secret agent and even Che Guevara found time to be pictured with one on his wrist.
The most recent Submariner edition has a cool blue-on-blue design and is part of the Oyster Perpetual range.
The Arceau Petite Lune is a magnificent example of the fluent style and technical skills apparent in the art of horology. A silvered moon and stars sit on a deep blue disc underneath the white mother-of-pearl dial embossed with sloping Arabic numerals.
The circular steel case features asymmetrical lugs creating a signature motif of Hermès. Alligator straps are available in three colours: indigo blue, smooth elephant grey and matt black.
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