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Rare Treasures: The Exclusive Watches That Just Landed At MR PORTER
It is something of a paradox – or at least, a truth that reveals a great deal about watch collecting – that horological enthusiasts are obsessed by two apparently mutually exclusive ideals. We are fixated on famous designs, idolising the case shapes that have stood the test of time, such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or TAG Heuer Carrera. But at the same time, and especially once you have spent much time pursuing this hobby, you realise that collectors crave something individual, or at least, rare enough that you are vanishingly unlikely to ever see another in the wild. There is a slim overlap between these two goals: an exclusive, perhaps customised, version of a hero design. And we at MR PORTER are delighted to unveil a stunning selection of rare examples. None of these watches will ever exist in quantities surpassing a couple of dozen, and most are so scarce they won’t even reach double digits.