The best limited edition watches
by Zoe Dickens
While it’s true there are certain classic sailing watches every superyacht owner should have in his collection, sometimes you can’t beat the wow factor of a true limited edition timepiece. With high-tech functions and impeccable design credentials, here’s our pick of the best limited edition watches to buy now.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tribute
Created to celebrate Jaquet Droz's 280th anniversary in 2018, the Grande Seconde Tribute represents the first time the house has offered a yellow gold wristwatch in the Grande Seconde line. Featuring the signature '8' design created by Pierre Jaquet-Drox, in which the hours and minutes are displayed in a smaller top dial and the seconds on a larger bottom dial, the limited edition design is crafted with a traditional and technically difficult Grande Feu enamel dial. The caseback, meanwhile, is semi-open and finished with hand guilloché and the brand's two star symbol representing father and son.
Case: 18k yellow gold, 43mm
Movement: Jaquet Droz 2663.Si self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited edition: 88
Price: POA, jaquet-droz.com
Presenting a unique proposition in the luxury watch market, Vertex's first model since Don Cochrane resurrected his great-grandfather's heritage Swiss watch brand in 2016 is limited not by numbers but by a private members club-style sales model. The M100 is only available to buy by invitation. Cochrane chose the first 60 people given the honour and each of those are then allowed to invite five more who are then allowed to invite one more and so on. The idea is to create exclusivity based not on price but on a desire and appreciation for fine watches. Cochrane is tight-lipped on his owner's list but rumour has it there are plenty of household names sporting the M100 and with its retro good looks and precise movement it's not hard to see why. While the brand has since branched out with the M100B and forthcoming MP45, which are both limited editions but available for general sale, the M100 is still the pick of the bunch meaning your well-connected friends are about to become very useful...
Case: Stainless steel, 40mm
Strap: Leather or NATO
Movement: ETA 7001
Waterproof: 100 metres
Complications: Small seconds
Limited edition: Undisclosed
Price: £2,500, vertex-watches.com
Calvin Klein Swing
A limited edition mechanical black-tie timepiece with a price tag so wallet-friendly you could wear it everyday? The proposition behind Calvin Klein's new Swing watch is almost as attractive as its skeleton dial which takes inspiration from the iconic monochrome clapboards used on movie sets. Understated and classy, it's the perfect timepiece for those looking to dip their toe into the limited edition world with an entry-level watch.
Case: Black PVD, 41mm
Movement: ETC skeleton 2841-1 automatic
Limited edition: 1,999
Price: £549, calvinklein.com
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer Monaco
Unveiled as part of a host of new models in the Diver Chronometer collection at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018, Ulysse Nardin's Diver Chronometer Monaco pays tribute to the brand's long-running connection with the show. The Monegasque flag can be found at 12 o'clock while the number 26, 27, 28 and 29 in red reflect the dates of the 2018 event and the Monaco coat of arms is etched into the caseback. The watch also boasts subdials for power reserve and small second along with a date window.
Case: Titanium and rose gold, 44mm
Movement: Calibre UN-118 self-winding
Waterproof: 300 metres
Limited edition: 100
Price: CHF12,000, ulysse-nardin.com
First Omega Wrist-Chronograph
This ambitious timepiece from Omega takes the 18" CHRO calibre, the movement used in the brand's first wrist-chronograph in 1913, and delicately restores and reimagines it into the new calibre 3018. The watch's exterior reflect these vintage roots with details from the original timepiece, such as the riveted leather strap, white enamel dial, blue Empire hand and hollow numerals, combines with modern and luxurious materials to create a truly timeless design.
Case: 18k white gold, 47.5mm
Movement: Omega Calibre 3018
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited edition: 18
Price: £96,000, omegawatches.com