Finding watches on the high street from today’s hottest artisan independents may be almost impossible, but online and clienteling specialist The Limited Edition has been quietly building an impressive portfolio of low volume watchmakers and a loyal base of collectors who appreciate seeing something new and interesting.
The business lists almost 60 brands available from its estore including the likes of Czapek, De Bethune, Laurent Ferrier and D.Candaux.
And now there is a new name on the list: Raketa, a Russian watchmaker based in St Petersburg since 1961.
Raketa means rocket in Russian and its first watch, the Cosmos, was created in tribute to mankind’s first ever spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin.
To mark the launch of Raketa, The Limited Edition and podcast Scottish Watches have collaborated on a special edition of the Space Launcher called the Mars-3 watch.
The timepiece has a dial inspired by pixelated pictures of the surface of Mars sent back to earth by the Russian Mars-3 lander, which set foot on the red planet’s surface on December 2nd 1971.
Limited to 50 pieces, the Raketa Mars-3 is available exclusively through The Limited Edition UK for £1,680 + tax.