13 best limited edition luxury watches of 2020
Swiss luxury watch brands release limited edition watches all the time. There is something special about getting your hands on a luxury watch that not many can get. It is this idea of owning a product that is very unique and rare that sometimes appeals to watch buyers more than the watches themselves. Today, we look at the 13 best limited edition luxury watches of 2020.
The year has just started, and the watch brands are slowly rolling out new releases. As and when we receive news on more limited editions, we will be updating this article, so keep checking back in.
Here are the watches organised according to how many pieces each brand of offering in ascending order.
MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
When it comes to creating unique looking pieces and horological wonder machines for the wrists, MB&F are in a class of their own. In 2020, founder Maximilian Büsser is presenting the Legacy Machine FlyingT in two limited editions of 18 pieces each. The difference is essentially in the case materials that represent different times of the day. The 18K red gold case has a black guilloché dial representing the night. The platinum 950 case has a sky-blue guilloché dial representing the day. The intricate dial shows a flying tourbillon and hours and minutes that are displayed on a 50° vertically titled dial with two blued serpentine hands. The absolutely stunning guilloché pattern on the dial has been executed to the point of lunatic brilliancy.
Limited number: 18 pieces each
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Special Edition Rockies
As you watch lovers may already know, Hublot is the master of limited edition watches. In addition, Hublot is also the official timekeeper of Aspen Snowmass and this watch release marks the opening of Hublot’s first U.S. mountain-resort boutique at Aspen. The latter is a popular North American ski destination that is famed for its prestige. Hublot is known for being a brand that is unique and for re-defining luxury. The new Spirit of Big Bang Special Edition Rockies is a perfect marriage in the world of fine watchmaking: prestige with luxury.
Limited number: 25 pieces each
Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton
If you haven’t seen a Jaquet Droz Automaton watch in person before, you really should; they are a work of art and transcend beyond simply watchmaking. The Loving Butterfly Automaton is one of the most visually striking watches we have seen in a long time. The animation on the dial has been inspired by a drawing titled Le papillon conduit par l’amour (Butterfly Driven by Love).
Limited number: 28 pieces
Hublot Classic Fusion Special Edition ‘London’
The Hublot Classic Fusion Special Edition ‘London’ is a homage to the relationship between the city of London and the brand. The watch is marked by a stealth, monochromatic palette that’s very understated yet classy. It is a sexy looking watch for those willing to wear their love for London on their sleeves.
Limited number: 50 pieces each
Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition
This one is the highlight of Montblanc’s multiple 2020 watch releases that feature a very charming vintage flair. This watch stands apart due to its distinctive smoked tobacco-brown dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap. The Pulsograph Limited Edition beauties are formal in appeal and will comfortably fit under the cuff or go well with a tuxedo.
Limited number: 100 pieces each
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph
This is another Hublot limited edition release for 2020. This one is for the soccer (or football depending upon where you live) fans out there. The watch marks the collaboration between Hublot and the return of the UEFA Champions League. Besides the limited numbers, the watch also features a number of cool touches on the dial and case-back that pay tribute to the UEFA Champions League.
Limited number: 100 pieces each
Zenith El Primero A3818 Revival ‘Cover Girl’
This new limited edition re-issue of a 1970s watch sees the partnership between luxury watch brand Zenith and the Singapore based watch magazine Revolution. The moniker of “Cover Girl” has come about due to the appearance of the original watch’s photo on the cover of a book about Zenith history written by Manfred Rossler in 2009. The stand out features are the Gay Frères designed “ladder” bracelet and the dial execution with the red seconds hand that really pops against the satin-brushed finished & petrol blue tone of the dial.
Limited number: 100 pieces
H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
H. Moser & Cie only produce very limited quantity of watches every year. So when they release a specific limited edition, it is definitely something very rare. This specific release is also special as it is the brand’s first integrated bracelet watch. H. Moser & Cie are also famed for their special fumé dials, and besides the integrated bracelet, the blackor fumé and griffé dial dial as is another standout feature of the Streamliner watch.
Limited number: 100 pieces
Zenith Elite Moonphase Romeo y Julieta edition
These watches have been designed in collaboration with the Habanos´Company and are inspired by their Romeo y Julieta cigars. Zenith in 2020 seems to be taking advantage of the often untouched market of unisex watches. With this new limited collection, Zenith is looking at cornering this niche market. A nice touch is the uniquely executed moonphase display that depicts the two lovers in an eternal chase across the night sky. What can we say except that for all those love birds out there, romance is in the air.
Limited number: 145 pieces
Breitling AVI Ref 765 1953 Re-Edition
The Breitling AVI Ref 765 1953 Re-Edition comes in three versions, all with varying limited numbered pieces. The technical specifications for all variations are the same, the difference being in the materials used. This limited edition — pictured here — utility and sports watch is going to be a crowd-pleaser with its dependable black coloured dial and stainless steel material combination. Mix in the cool heritage and legacy factor — the watches are a re-issue of the ones released in 1953 — and Breitling has got a winner on their hands.
Limited number: 1953 / 253 / 153
Zenith DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition
This new rugged and stealth watch is the product of collaboration between Zenith watches and Land Rover Defender vehicles manufacturer. Besides the monochromatic dial and its subtle orange bursts of colour, the stand out feature of this new watch is the first time use — within the DEFY 21 series — of a new & redesigned linear power reserve window display at 12’o clock. The Zenith DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition truly stands out amongst its recent other releases that we have covered here.
Limited number: 250 pieces
IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”
This latest limited edition watch release from IWC Schaffhausen is a beauty of a watch with a conscience to it. The watch marks the continuing collaboration between the house of Schaffhausen and their support of the social sports projects run by their partner, Laureus Sport for Good. It was launched at the 20th anniversary of the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin last month. The watch features a special engraving on the case-back that has been created by 15-year-old Yi Xin, who takes part in the “Special Olympics China”.
Limited number: 500 pieces each
Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition
This new watch release marks the collaboration of Bentley Mulliner workshop with Breitling and coincides with the release of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. The most fascinating aspect about this watch design is the use of Bentley design codes on the watch dial. We have discussed these in our detailed review. Not all of us can afford to buy a Bentley. But for lovers of both the brands, this is perhaps the next best thing. For a small price you can now own a whole lot of luxury right on your wrist.
Limited number: 1000 pieces
There you have it, 13 best limited edition luxury watches of 2020. So, which one is your favourite?
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