This has been a wild year no doubt, and surprisingly, the watch world hasn’t really slowed down any. Lots of the big brands brought forth great models that seemed to shed some light on our gloomiest of days. We saw lots of rainbow themed dials, new Submariners, plenty of green dialed watches, and even a travel clock (wink wink). Along with all those great releases there were a few really interesting concepts and limited editions that didn’t get enough buzz. So today, we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite limited editions we got to see this year.
Usually when someone says Omega, a tourbillon doesn’t come to mind but Omega has been producing tourbillon watches since the 1940s. Now this watch isn’t truly a limited edition, but it is limited in production. This year Omega really outdid themselves with the De Ville Central Tourbillon Numbered Edition [takes breath]. A watch that claims another first for Omega in being a Master Chronometer certified tourbillon. The watch is also magnetic resistant to 15,000 gauss, has a co-axial escapement, and features a 3 day power reserve. It’s all pretty impressive, but we’d expect nothing less from Omega. The tourbillon is set in a 43mm Sedna and Canopus Gold case and priced at $168,000.
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Watches and coffee kind of just go together. Several instagram pages and even blogs have become popular by simply combining these two hobbies together. Perhaps, it's because the process of creating a cup of joe can be very mechanical in nature (if you’re not using a Keurig). This year the Bamford team worked with Baderworks and TAG Heuer to create a limited edition Carrera that would feature a dial made of….coffee grounds. Yeah, sounds crazy right? It certainly is, but we’d expect no less from the guys at Bamford.
To make this special dial, they utilized coffee roasted from a cafe in Sweden. Each dial is different, so no two will look the same. The 41mm stainless steel but titanium coated watch was limited to 20 pieces and priced at $7,258. Anyone else smell coffee when they look at these pictures? Get the perfect watch roll to go with this coffee house vibe watch here.
In the watch community, there’s always been a love/hate relationship with bronze materials used on watches. Some people love the way it patinas, but several hate the discoloration and green that takes over and makes the watch look like it’s just been dug up from the depths of the ocean. Perhaps because of the difficulties in keeping the bronze patina-free, many brands shy away from using it or use it in limited quantities on a watch. Oris is not one of those brands. They’ve been using bronze for some time now, and it’s become a popular option among their dive line. This year, they went above and beyond to create not only a full bronze case but also crown, pushers, and the bracelet are bronze in this Holstein Divers Sixty-Five Chrono. This all bronze watch is 43mm, features 100 meters of water resistance, and is limited to 250 pieces priced at $5,200.
What’s interesting about this watch and bronze in general is that you can determine how fast or slow you want the patina to take place. If you’d like for it to age quickly, there are additives and tricks to make that happen, but if you want it to stay shiny and clean, then you’ll have to treat it quite a bit. Kind of a fun project for those bronze fans out there and certainly a piece that will have folks asking what’s on your wrist! Carry around the perfect cleaning cloth for bronze watches such as this Oris with our Everest Microfiber Pocket Square here.
Written by K.T. Morales
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