IWC created the one-of-a-kind Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Muhammad Ali in honor of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The watch was auctioned at the 18th annual Celebrity Fight Night gala to raise funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. The watch, modeled on IWC’s historic Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940, sold for $60,000.
In honor of NASCAR star Danica Patrick, Tissot created the Tissot T-Race Danica Patrick 2012. This limited edition ladies’ watch features a white dial with diamonds at each hour marker. Each watch in the limited edition of 4,999 features the Danica Racing logo on the caseback.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, TAG Heuer ambassador, had a personalized TAG Heuer timepiece made for him: the Leonardo DiCaprio Link Calibre 16 Chronograph. The limited-edition model features a blue dial and a smoked sapphire caseback engraved with DiCaprio’s signature. Sales of the watch will go to sales will go to DiCaprio’s environmental charity partners, Green Cross International and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The world found out about Austrian skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner when he became the first man to break the sound barrier in freefall — and he did it while wearing a Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th watch. Following up Baumgartner’s history-making feat, Zenith created a special, personalized edition of that watch, the Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner. The watch contains the famous Zenith El Primero chronograph movement and sports a solid caseback identifying the timepiece as the “first watch to break the sound barrier.” (More details here.)
On the more affordable end of the spectrum, The Casio G-Shock Eminem edition — which was unveiled, along with other special 30th anniversary G-Shock watches, at Casio’s 2013 “Shock the World event — is based on the GDX6900 G-Shock reference, here with a matte black case and black-reverse LCD dial, and features an array of Eminem iconography. A stylized silhouette of the city of Detroit — where Marshall Mathers, the future Eminem, famously grew up — is printed in red on the upper side of the black strap. The reverse “E” from the Eminem logo appears on the dial and in the strap loop. The caseback and the lower part of the strap also feature an autograph of “Shady,” the singer’s alter ego. The limited-edition G-Shock watch for Eminem is priced at $180.
This article was originally published on May 12, 2013 and has been updated with new material and links.