Limited-edition watches focussing on unique craftsmanship, rare metals, and avant-garde designs have wooed kings and queens since time immemorial. Here are five exquisite timepieces that have royalty written all over them. By Mitrajit Bhattacharya
1. POLO TOURBILLON RELATIF
This is an exceptional high jewellery timepiece that sports a hand-wound mechanical movement, calibre 608P, with diamonds studded around it and aventurine glass on the dial. The watch displays a delicate balance between the power of Piaget’s fine watchmaking and an eye for high jewellery. It is a men’s luxury watch crafted in white gold with a fully paved diamond case, dial, and bracelet.
2. MAILLON DE CARTIER
No one understands royalty better than Cartier, and its relationship with Indian royals goes back a century. The Maillon de Cartier showcases the creative watchmaking repertoire of the maison. It is distinguished by a centrepiece chain-link bracelet that plays on classic codes, while reinventing contemporary attitudes. The links are offset and aligned on the bias, while the hexagonal dial and bevelled brancards complement this geometry.
3. HAPPY DIAMONDS
This emblematic collection of Chopard honours the colour of feelings with a watchmaking variation in diamond-set 18-carat rose gold paired with a red dial and strap. It sends five dancing diamonds twirling around a textured mother-of- pearl dial. The main case framing the time indication is encircled by a second bezel in diamond-set gold, separated by a void graced with five diamonds held between two sapphire crystals.
4. REVERSO TRIBUTE DUOFACE FAGLIANO LIMITED
The Reverso was developed in 1931 to meet the demands of the fashionable ‘sporting gentleman’. Issued in a limited edition, with a burgundy-red dial and pink gold case, this piece marries the dual-time zone complication of the Duoface with the aesthetic of the Tribute collection. The strap is specially designed and hand-crafted by Casa Fagliano, the world-famous Argentinian maker of polo boots. Limited to 190 pieces
Breguet has designed a masterpiece that makes us revisit the genius of A L Breguet, the favoured watchmaker of the kings and queens of Europe in the later part of the 18th century. It is a piece of art featuring the facade of 39 Quai de l’Horloge, the Paris building occupied by A L Breguet from 1775. The watch blends mechanical virtuosity with aesthetic mastery: the exhibited movement reveals two tourbillons that set the whole plate in motion through a central differential leading the interconnected regulating organs to perform a double revolution. A fi tting tribute to a master of the craft. All prices on request.