For the individual who enjoys standing out in a crowd, these watches from independent watchmakers feature high-tech movements and cases—toys of ultimate distinction.
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Richard Mille Automatic RM029 ($70,000): Made of titanium with a titanium rotor, base plate, bridges and balance cock, and an oversize date. The skeletonization process of the caliber took more than 10 months to finalize. Vault, 1024 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5251; vaultworldwide.com
Hautlence HLTi 1 ($44,300): A 43.5mm titanium-case watch with a honeycomb skeleton dial. It houses a handwound manufacture caliber with jumping hours and retrograde minutes via an extraordinary patented system. Limited edition of just 28 pieces. Exquisite Timepieces, 4380 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples, 800-595-5330; exquisitetimepieces.com
Devon Tread 1 ($17,500): Crafted in stainless steel and featuring a patent-pending system of interwoven time belts that displays the hours, minutes and seconds. Four compact microstep motors drive the four belts via a lubricant-free pulley system. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900; kings1912.com
MB&F Horological Machine 2 ($80,000): Crafted in 18k white gold, it is the first instantaneous jumping-hour watch with concentric retrograde minutes (right dial), retrograde date, bi-hemisphere moon phase (left dial) and automatic winding. The movement consists of 349 components, including 44 jewels. mbandf.com