The ultimate collection goal is limited edition timepieces — either commemorative or playing on the rarity of the materials and the man-hours required to produce them, and the 2016 fairs delivered several gems.
Blancpain’s The Great Wave comes out of the brand’s craftsmanship studio and uses Mexican silver obsidian, which forms the watch’s dial. A white gold engraving inspired by a Japanese print of a wave is then applied on top, having first been coated in Japanese rokusho salts to give it a unique dusty patina.
Montblanc is celebrating its 110th anniversary with 110 pieces of the ExoTourbillon Slim watch, with a fully exposed movement visible through the sapphire case back, and a unique hand-painted map of either North America, Asia, or Europe and North Africa on the dial.
Parmigiani’s Tonda Chronor Anniversaire is a perfect example of the understated brilliance it has become known for since launching 20 years ago. An enamel dial is matched with a white or rose gold case and an all-gold, hand-wound movement with a chronograph, fly-back hand, and large date functions. A powerful addition to any collection.