If you are in London for Summer, you can be a part of Harrods’ Made with Love and Precision exhibition of limited edition watches starting from Friday July 1 to mid-August.
The exhibition is a summation of the delicate craftwork and passion that goes into the best models of watches ever made.
A first for Harrods, the exhibition is a collection of a number of brands will run interactive activities for customers, including engraving workshops and watchmaking demonstrations.
The exhibition will also detail a large number of watch models never seen before, some specially designed for the exhibition, others exclusive to Harrods till later in the year, many made only in tiny editions.
About 23 brands have produced exclusive models for the exhibition, including some star rarities. From a horological viewpoint, one of the most exciting is the Rotonde de Cartier Double Tourbillon Mystérieux (price on request), with its mesmerising “floating” tourbillon, which has its world debut here – only 20 are being made. Another connoisseurs’ buy is Breguet’s Harrods Classique Special Edition 7337 (N11, 040, 320.68 (£29,300)) in white gold – a special version of the classic moonphase with day and date, with a pleasing mid-blue dial that emphasises its fine hand-guilloché work. It is exclusive to Harrods for 2016.
Also at the summer exhibit women’s Harry Winston Premier Moon Phase (N9, 682, 850.22 (£25,700)) takes some beating. Another debut model, with a finely crafted, fretted mother-of-pearl dial and a diamond bezel, it was designed in white, but five versions have been made for the exhibition in glowing purple mother-of pearl with a matching alligator strap. Its contrast with the industrial-grey modernity of Omega’s Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite (N3, 719, 713.52 (£9,875)). It comes in an innovative ceramic with the natural geometry of a meteorite dial and nicely judged rose-gold details which shows the breadth of style in this exhibition. It is currently exclusive to Harrods.
It will be an interesting exhibition to be if you are a collector of rare timepieces.