Limited edition watches are often at the top of collectors’ shopping lists but if you’re a woman hoping to score some exclusive wrist candy, you’ll find yourself disappointed at the lack of choices. It’s a well-known fact that the ladies are shortchanged when it comes to exceptional timepieces. Thankfully, these manufacturers have ensured that you’ll never have to try to struggle with an ill-fitting one with these limited edition women’s watches.
Admittedly, the exclusivity comes with a lot of bling, but they’re not just pretty faces. Rolex leads the cause with outfitting its famous Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with not only varying shades of sapphire, but also a respectable self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. Richard Mille — always an avid supporter of its female clientele — created an exceptional self-winding tourbillon timepiece alongside unique tribal influences within its iconic tonneau case.
Here, we bring you a list of the best limited edition women’s watches for the most discerning lady in your life now.
Rolex is no stranger to nailing the whole jewel-encrusted theme, but it has managed to outdo itself with its new Cosmograph Daytona. Previously available in 18 ct yellow gold and 18 ct white gold, the storied manufacturer has now updated the extremely limited series with an 18 ct Everose gold variation. Encircled by the bezel’s 36 generous baguette-cut sapphires in rainbow gradation, the contrasting black-lacquered dial sees another 11 baguette-cut coloured sapphires as hour markers and complementary 18 ct pink Gold Crystals subdials. 56 brilliant-cut diamonds on the mid case complete the dazzling light show that will inevitably ensue whenever you take it out. The calibre 4130 within is a robust self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex that offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
Fiona Kruger veers away from her synonymous Skull collection this year to explore the irony of chaos within a mechanism meant to keep order. Designed to depict the very instant of an explosion, the timepiece sees the brand’s first exclusive movement stretched out to expose as many components as possible. Within the PVD-coated movement plate sit jagged apertures that frame high-speed parts and contrasting galvanised rhodium and gold accents for maximum visual flair — a skill she’s well-acquainted with by now.
As the brand’s first skeletonised watch for women, the Premiere Flying Tourbillon Openwork offers an unadulterated view of the haute horologerie expertise of the brand’s high jewellery division. Distinguished by the same octagonal shape as the iconic No. 5 fragrance, the watch sees Renaud et Papi’s stunning flying Tourbillon take center stage within the baguette-cut diamond-encrusted case. Its 18k gold hands and Tourbillon cabochon are further set with another 17 and 19 brilliant-cut diamonds respectively. As a true high-end watch, the manual winding mechanical movement proves its worth with a 40-hour power reserve and a shockproof system, ensuring this potential heirloom lasts the ages.
Sure it’s common to see velvet curtains and upholstery but what once used to be the material of choice for the bourgeoisie has now also made its way onto watches. Big Bang’s 100-piece limited edition timepiece makes for the perfect winter companion with its muted grey velvet dial, the softness punctuated only by 10 diamonds as the hour markers and 42 diamonds around the otherwise industrial-looking bezel. A matching polished grey ceramic case houses the 39mm timepiece’s self-winding HUB1710, which provides a healthy power reserve of 50 hours and a water resistance of 100m.
Named after the tribal-influenced motif that frames its self-manufactured Automatic Tourbillon, the RM 71-01 Talisman is luxuriously adorned with a mixture of precious stones and materials to make this watch an instant conversation starter. The usual diamond-encrusted tonneau case is now accompanied by mother-of-pearl, back sapphire and onyx accents, all sitting just slightly above the exposed Caliber CRMT1. The openworked baseplate and bridges — blacked out via PVD — are made from grade 5 titanium and stripped down to their most essential parts to ensure lightness despite the sheer amount of components and set stones. Each of the 10 different dials are limited to five pieces worldwide, and are hand-assembled with varying motif and bezel permutations.