For watch connoisseurs, it’s not about getting the most expensive watch, or the most stylish, it’s always about getting the right watch. The right watch needs to have the right movement, the right case, the right look, and the right resale value. Although most watch connoisseurs will tell you that reselling your watch collection should be a no-no.

After completing the classics - that means at least a few vintages, latest iterations and some remarkable middle of the road ones, the next thing to collect for most connoisseurs are unique watches. These are the type of watches that have a little something else - a different shape in the dial, new material in case, even a new movement under it.

While there are quite many unique watches that have been released over the years, only a few are stand-outs. These are the watches that have since become part of the watch lexicon, as they have transcended their uniqueness to become a sort-of a classic. So for watch connoisseurs out there, here are the top unique watches you should add to your collection:


Hamilton Ventura

Likened to a unicorn, the Hamilton Ventura is truly one of a kind. It’s the first electric watch that popularized triangle watch faces, and in it’s latest iteration, it’s still a daring and pioneering watch. What’s great about the Ventura is that there’s no mistaking it - from the iconic watch face to its subtle bands, and the way it laces on the wrist.

When you’re wearing a Ventura, trust and believe someone knowledgeable will notice. Available in quite a number of movements, the Chrono quartz may be the best option, alongside the classic shiny, black leather band. The best part? There are also dedicated variations for the ladies - you can get her one so your watches can be pairs.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Grand Complications

 
This one is for the truly invested. If you want the best of the best, and one of the most exclusive, the Millenary Grand Complications Mechanical Hand Wind should be in your vault. A watch that’s exclusively released for a time, the watch’s face features a skeletonize look, with a tachymeter that’s intentionally off-center.

To say its a unique watch is an understatement. Most people will say it looks odd, and that’s warranted because most enthusiasts agree that this watch is a curious blend of aesthetics married with quality watchmaking. Featuring a silver color scheme with blue accents, this is the watch you whip out to impress the big guys.

Breguet Tradition Black Skeleton Dial

Ugh, talk about a good-looking watch. The Breguet Tradition in Black Skeleton Dial is a handsome watch. Let’s get it out of the way. The almost mi.lnimalist approach to its presentation only highlights the beauty of the skeleton dial covered by scratch-resistant sapphire. The best part? Its case is 18kt white gold.

The watch’s great features don’t stop there though. With a power-reserve of 50 hours, which is generous when compared to luxury watches with in-house movements, the heart of the watch is a self-winding anthracite movement. It’s a modest watch at 40mm, with a water-resistance of up to 30m.

Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel

A Citizen? As a unique watch? Well, hold on to your seats because this watch will prove you wrong. What’s great about the Eco-Drive Stainless Steel is it’s stitched canvass in green which from the name of the watch itself, is environmentally-friendly. Here you have an honest watch, it may not have the bells and whistles of the others, but it certainly can hold its own.

The defining feature of the Eco-Drive is its battery feature - it charges via natural light as well as indoor lighting. Equipped with a mineral crystal dial, with an added water-resistance of 100m. Not bad, right? Its movement is in-house Caliber E100, with luminous hands and markers on the dial. It’s the perfect everyday watch with a unique twist.

Takeaway



Unique watches’ availability may not be as convenient as other watches out there. But that is the very reason that these watches are sought-after. A watch connoisseur will not want a run of the mill watch that can do the job, almost all will want a watch that not only tells the time but with added features and will get the approving nod of their colleagues.