THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE ONLY WATCH CHARITY AUCTION TO TAKE PLACE IN MONACO ON SEPTEMBER 28.
The Principality of Monaco will be hosting the fifth edition of the exceptional “Only Watch” charity watch auction benefiting research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Recognized as the world’s first charity watch auction, Only Watch will take place on September 28th in Monaco and will be conducted by the watch auctioneers, Antiquorum.
33 of the world’s leading watch manufactures will each donate a unique timepiece specially created for the occasion.
The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy – promoter of Only Watch with Antiquorum Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show, in order to help finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting 1 in 3,500 boys, therefore 250,000 children, adolescents, and young adults around the world.
From September 6th, an international exhibit of the Only Watch collection of timepieces for men and women will travel the world: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Geneva (complementary information on www.onlywatch.com from April 1st) and will be concluded by a presentation during the Monaco Yacht Show (September 25th to 28th). The auction will take place on September 28th at 11 a.m. (GMT+1) in the “Salle Belle Epoque” of the Hôtel Hermitage.
Participating manufactures: ZENITH, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, VACHERON CONSTANTIN, ULYSSE NARDIN, ARMIN STROM, ROGER DUBUIS, RICHARD MILLE, PIAGET, PATEK PHILIPPE, MONTBLANC, MAURICE LACROIX, LOUIS VUITTON, LAURENT FERRIER, JULIEN COUDRAY 1518, JAQUET DROZ, IKEPOD, HUBLOT, HARRY WINSTON, GIRARD PERREGAUX, FRÉDÉRIQUE CONSTANT, DE BETHUNE, DEWITT, DELACOUR, CYRUS, CORUM, CHRISTOPHE CLARET, CHRONOSWISS, CHOPARD, CHANEL, BREGUET, BLANCPAIN, BELL & ROSS, BACKES & STRAUSS.
BELL & ROSS
For Only Watch 2013, Bell & Ross has designed a collector’s box of six unique watches. This lavish case fashioned from high-quality wood contains six watches: BR01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER, TURN COORDINATOR, HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB inspired by vital flight instruments. Customized for Only Watch 2013 they all feature a dash of orange, a distinctive sign of this unique box set. They are all inspired by instruments that are essential to aeronautical navigation and have, as their common and unique denominator, a touch of orange. Orange is the ultimate color for aeronautical instrumentation due to its high level of legibility and capacity to make important information stand out through contrast. It is also a traditional color for Bell & Ross, which has used it on timepieces for the same reasons. This exclusive box is designed to be a dashboard on which the vital instruments are laid out in a T for optimum legibility. It will give its possessor the impression of owning a piece of an aircraft cockpit.
First watch brand to commit alongside the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, Blancpain is renewing its support this year by presenting a unique model from its Women collection.
This one-of-a-kind model combines mother-of-pearl marquetry, diamonds and engraving in a delightfully feminine watch equipped with a self-winding movement. On the dial, a white mother-of-pearl dove flies across a blue mother-of-pearl sky. With 12 diamonds hour-markers set around the dial, the watch radiates a feminine aura of elegance. A glance through the sapphire crystal case-back offers a chance to appreciate the decorative work on the oscillating weight bearing a dove engraving and the inscription ONLY WATCH 2013, like an anthem to life. This watch water-resistant to 3 bar is fitted with a white alligator leather strap and a folding clasp.
Breguet is proud to use its expertise in the service of a noble cause. This year, Breguet participates another time to Onlywatch with the model Classique Chronograph openworked 5284 with an execeptionnal hand wanded movement, the 533.2SQ. caliber, initially known under the 2310 number. Fabled, this column wheel chronograph movement designed during the 1940’s, can boast to have equipped the others brands’ noble watches for many years. Breguet gives a new life to this movement fully hand engraved by offering it a unique aesthetic. Apparent from the caseback, it animates this Classique Chronograph in 18ct yellow gold painstakingly finished and elaborately decorated by hand, as was the very first timepieces of Breguet.
For Only watch 2013, Chanel is proud to present a Première Flying Tourbillon. A unique timepiece watch in 18-carat white gold set with a ceramic bezel and 92 brilliant-cut diamonds. This magnificient case contains a “Camélia Flying Tourbillon” caliber, a manual winding movement. The black ceramic dial presents a flying tourbillon, decorated with the motif of the camellia, a tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower, with a cabochon set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds.
For the 2013 edition of Only Watch, a biennial charity watch auction dedicated to fund the research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Chopard unveils a unique L.U.C Tourbillon model featuring movement bridges adorned with relief or “filet” engravings also known as Fleurisanne engraving – a highly distinctive and now almost extinct traditional skill typical of the Neuchâtel village of Fleurier.
This L.U.C Tourbillon Only Watch 2013 Edition is graced with a rhodiumed 18-carat white gold hand-engraved dial bearing the coat-of-arms of the Principality of Monaco surrounded by a DNA molecule – a graphic reminder of the cause to which the Only Watch project is devoted. Clothed in a 43 mm-diameter titanium case with contrasting polished and brushed surfaces, the L.U.C 02.17-L Manufacture movement is also decorated with a DNA molecule on the bridge side, crafted using the Fleurisanne engraving technique.
Confirming its commitment to research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Corum creates a one-of-a-kind version of-the Ti-Bridge with linear 3-Day Power Reserve indicator for ONLY WATCH. The watch is powered by the movement CO107, equipped with a satellite gear train that is visible when looking at the watch from the side along the 9 o’clock – 3 o’clock axis, but invisible when this Ti-Bridge is viewed from the front. This complication features several specific characteristics, including a differential system with three wheels of which one is off-centered and referred to as “planetary”. This unique piece offered in a two-tone titanium and red gold case features an engraving of Asclepius and his snake-entwined staff, the symbol of medicine – an allegory celebrating the work of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy.
DeWitt Manufacture is proud to participate to Only Watch 2013, after its particitpations in 2005, 2007 and 2011, DeWitt presents this year a new exceptional creation : the Twenty-8-Eight High Jewellery Skeleton Tourbillon. The Skeleton movement is composed by a mechanical and skeletonised manually-wound movement integrating a Tourbillon manufactured by DeWitt. This movement is lodged in a 18-carat white gold case set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and 104 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.7 cts) adorned with DeWitt imperial columns on the flanks. A 18-carat white gold polished crown adorned with a blackened titanium ring featuring the “W” signature.
Every year, all across the planet, one baby boy out of every 3,500 born is afflicted with an incredibly rare and horribly debilitating condition known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. One foundation, the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies, or Monaco Association against Myopathies, has been leading the way in the research required to combat this terrible affliction. Frédérique Constant is a passionate supporter of charitable causes, and especially those affecting children. For the past seven years, Frédérique Constant has been an active participant in an event known as “Only Watch”, whose sole purpose is to raise funds in support of the centre carrying out this vital research. We are proud to announce that in 2013, we will be continuing our avid support for this exceptionally worthwhile cause, when we will be contributing a specially designed and totally unique watch and jewellery collection for the auction held to raise the crucial funds.
This year’s auction will be held on September 28, in the glamorous setting of Monaco’s spectacular Hôtel Hermitage, and once again, Frédérique Constant will be there. Our unique, one-of-a-kind timepiece for Only Watch 2013 will be based on the iconic Double Heart watch and jewellery collection. Frédérique Constant is donating a unique “Double Heart Woman Set” composed by a unique Lady Automatic Double Heart Beat timepiece with a dazzling 18 carat rose gold case “pavé” with sparkling diamonds. On the case back, there is a hand engraved reminder of the reason the watch was created by our finest craftsmen. “Only Watch 2013” has been engraved, and this beautiful and utterly unique timepiece will be presented in a specially designed leather gift box.
In addition to the elegant and feminine watch, Frédérique Constant has created a beautiful, matching three-piece jewellery set to complement the Only Watch 2013 timepiece. The successful bidder will also be receiving a delicate and attractive pendant, bracelet and matching pair of earrings. All three pieces are finished in the same 18-carat rose gold, creating the perfect ensemble for that special evening out.
Swiss luxury watchmaker, Girard-Perregaux, is once again mobilizing to support Only Watch. In order to support their efforts, Girard-Perregaux has designed a unique piece of its new sport collection, Chrono Hawk. Contemporary and bold, the style blends ceramic and palladium. Deep black and silvery-white and yet perfectly functional, the elements of the case blend into one another, while keeping their individual strengths to end up accentuating the watch’s architecture. The well-balanced dial showcases the time data. Two red counters face each other in perfect symmetry at 9 and 3 o’clock, while the date is placed at 6 o’clock. Visible through the case’s sapphire back, the caliber GP03300, a self-winding mechanical movement, drives this very high performance unique piece.
This year, Harry Winston is dedicating an exclusive model from the elegant Midnight Collection to the Only Watch initiative : the Harry Winston’s Only Watch 2013 Midnight Big Date. Right at first glance, the Harry Winston Only Watch Midnight Big Date embodies the quintessence of watchmaking, imbued with a sense of authenticity and refinement. Topped with a bezel discreetly bearing the three iconic arches of the Harry Winston Fifth Avenue salon in New York City, the case is crafted in 18K polished rose gold. Its 42 mm diameter frames a mechanical automatic.
For ONLY WATCH 2013, Hublot is presenting the World Premiere of a watch made with bright red ceramic. This is the first time that a bright coloured ceramic has been created. This red ceramic – paying tribute to the red of Monaco for Only Watch 2013 – exhibits the same qualities as black or white ceramic. It is the subject of an international patent application. For the occasion and for its World debut, it is the bezel that has been wrought from this new material. It is fitted on a Classic Fusion 45 mm in diameter with a finer, more classic profile, but with a black design in line with Hublot’s codes. The polished and satin-finished black ceramic case houses a fully skeleton-worked tourbillon movement with an assertively elegant and contemporary design. It features a 5-day power reserve, and was developed and manufactured entirely by the Hublot Manufacture watchmakers.
À l’occasion de la 5ème édition d’Only Watch, Jaquet Droz présente The Loving Butterfly, une montre éditée en un seul exemplaire et vendue au profit de l’Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies. Le motif à la poésie naturaliste et romantique habille le cadran de la Petite Heure Minute. Pour réaliser cette pièce unique, les artisans de Jaquet Droz ont conjugué leurs meilleurs savoir-faire. D’abord gravé, puis peint, le décor en or est travaillé pour la première fois à la façon d’un bas-relief, puis appliqué sur le cadran en émail Grand Feu. Cette technique offre ainsi un volume inédit à ce chef d’œuvre de toute beauté. Les pattes du papillon sont en fil d’or suspendu, s’agitant légèrement au mouvement du poignet. Accueillie dans un boîtier en or jaune de 43 mm de diamètre, The Loving Butterfly est dotée d’une masse oscillante spécialement dévoilée. Le nom Only Watch, gravé sur le fond de la boîte, rappellera à son propriétaire cet événement spécial.
Louis Vuitton is proud to participate for the 4th time to the ONLY WATCH Auction by offering a unique Tambour Spin time Regatta watch, designed in collaboration with Paul Pettavino and the Louis Vuitton team, as for the past 3 editions. For this 2013 edition Paul has decided to change from the usual orange color into a blue and red color watch. Every detail has been chosen or designed by Paul, such as the gold boat hand engraved and covered with enamel, or the Louis Vuitton painted on the Damier canvas trunk that comes with the watch. This innovative patented movement (LV156) offers two functions: chronograph and regatta 5-minute countdown; visually indicated on the dial by 5 rotating cubes. This LV156 movement also celebrates the longtime association of Louis Vuitton with the sailing universe.
For the fifth edition, Montblanc is reinforcing its commitment by supporting in-depth research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy with the donation of a unique timepiece: the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours for Monaco under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. For this exclusive event, Montblanc has designed and developed this unique watch – an alliance of red gold and steel with dual carbon treatment – in its Manufacture in Le Locle. the numerals are blue during night time hours and black during the day. At a glance, this interesting function assigns each hour to the day or night This unusual time display is made possible by the new manufacture calibre MB R220, which boasts an elaborate patented mechanism consisting of two rotating discs positioned one atop the other. This patented “Rising Hours” mechanism is particularly self-explanatory twice a day: at six o’clock each morning, and ar 6 o’clock each evening.
Reference 5004 in Titanium.
One of the great classics of the Patek Philippe Grand Complications collection between 1995 and 2011, Reference 5004 embodied the traditional, manually wound chronograph at its highest level.??Its Caliber CHR 27-70 Q is based on a “Nouvelle Lémania” movement, produced exclusively for Patek Philippe and completely reworked in the company’s workshops, to which Patek Philippe’s engineers and master watchmakers have added a sophisticated split-seconds mechanism and a very fine perpetual calendar.??The movement comprises 407 parts, meticulously finished by hand according to the workshops’ time-honored methods. Over the years, this rare combination of complications was housed in a case of timeless, discreet elegance in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, and a limited series in steel. This Only Watch 2013 special Reference 5004T is the first and only version ever produced in titanium.
For this fifth edition of Only Watch, Piaget has created a unique timepiece based on its emblematic Altiplano Skeleton: the Piaget Altiplano 38mm Only Watch Skeleton 1200S. To further enhance its unique features; the case is also engraved with “Only Watch 2013 – Piece Unique”. True to the Altiplano tradition, Piaget presents the finest skeleton watch with automatic movement in the world with 5.34 mm, the 1200S movement is enclosed by a white gold case treated with black PVD.
Richard Mille is delighted to donate a unique piece to Only Watch for the 2013 auction as the brand has been a dedicated and unwavering supporter of Only Watch since its creation. The watch being donated is the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype which Yohan Blake wore at the 2012 London Olympics Games where he won three medals and also at the Diamond League in Lausanne where he won the 100m and became the third fastest sprinter of all time over distance, beating his personal best.
The one-of-a-kind Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time model specially created for Only Watch 2013 brings together a set of exclusive skills cultivated by Vacheron Constantin. The dial paying tribute to three artistic crafts – engraving, enamelling and gem-setting – illustrates the aesthetic mastery dear to the Manufacture, while the world time complication embodies the technical excellence and the open-minded spirit that have been guiding the House for over 250 years. Inseparably bound up with the Vacheron Constantin heritage, the World Time complication had made a major comeback in the collection of the Manufacture in 2011 with the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time model driven by a new in-house made movement, Calibre 2460 WT. It now returns as the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time “Only Watch” model available in a 42.5 mm-diameter 950 platinum case featuring an exhibition case. The back of this timepiece is engraved with the inscription “Only Watch 2013, Pièce unique”.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Honouring its commitment for the fourth year running, Van Cleef & Arpels has created a unique timepiece for this event that both showcases its philosophy and encapsulates its deep affection for Monaco. The excellence of Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking expertise and its cherished vision of The Poetry of Timeô have thus been brought together to celebrate the treasures of the Principality and bring the Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco timepiece to life. With its turquoise dial, rotating disk in white gold and lapis lazuli, white mother-of-pearl top dial, case in white gold and diamonds, and white alligator strap, this creation in blue awhite recalls the sky and sea of the French Riviera. The Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco timepiece illustrates the watchmaking creativity and expertise of Van Cleef & Arpels once again. It also celebrates the beauty of Monaco, and offers a message of joy and hope with each passing hour.
For Only Watch 2013, Zenith donates the unique prototype tested for the development of the El Primero Stratos honouring Felix Baumgartner, the first supersonic man in history. One-of-a-kind model developed by the Manufacture and the only prototype ever produced to develop and test the El Primero Stratos designed for Felix Baumgartner and which has become the first-ever supersonic watch. This exceptional watch is a concentrated blend of the brand’s identity codes: the three colours of the iconic counters are all there; the mechanism beats at the high frequency of the El Primero movement, the world’s first automatic chronograph calibre; and the model also features the Flyback and Striking 10th (displaying tenths of a second via the sweep seconds-hand) functions.
ONLY WATCH, fifth edition September 28th 2013, 11 a.m. (gmt +1), Hermitage Hotel, Monaco
Event under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
Organized by the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophies, The Monaco Yacht Show, Antiquorum Auctioneers.