ONLY WATCH 2017 – The world is its playground
For the second time since its first edition in 2005, the world renowned biennial charity auction Only Watch will be staging in Geneva, epicenter of the world’s finest watchmakers.
On 11 November, this exceptional fundraising for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be opening the autumn Geneva watch auction week, in presence of hundreds of connoisseurs, donators and collectors who will undoubtedly engage in strong bidding competition for the unique timepieces especially made by the finest watchmakers for Only Watch. Christie’s will be conducting the auction for the first time.
Patek Philippe ref. 5208 T-010 Only Watch: the eternal hour
By donating this unique titanium-clad timepiece with large complication to the Only Watch auction, the Patek Philippe watchmaking manufacture gives a nudge to all the leading collectors in the world and appeals to their generosity. Discover a gem!
Today the whole world knows about Only Watch, the charity auction event of unique timepieces organised by the Monaco Association to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This go-to event offers watchmaking brands the chance to do good, while enabling collectors to buy totally one-of-a-kind creations in the name of the afore-mentioned charity. Since its inception, this unique sale has raised 25 million Euros for the effort towards combating muscular dystrophy. Every two years, its catalogue attracts the coveting eyes of watchmaking enthusiasts, who pore over its pages in search of creations to satisfy their individual tastes. This year, of all the watches presented, the reference 5208-T -010 produced by Geneva Manufacture, Patek Philippe, will be the focus of attention among public benefactors, cultivated, powerful men of unlimited means when it comes to contributing to a good cause.
Hot novelties in exotic and unusual metals
Coming November 11th to Christies in Geneva, this year’s Only Watch charity auction is set to be the most talked about fall auction.
As you may have seen on social media, Only Watch has returned in a big way. The biennial charity auction, taking place November 11th at Christies in Geneva is shaping up to be a record-breaking auction, and it’s all for a good cause. Today, we’re going to focus on two of my favorites from the auction. The Tudor Black Bay One, and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, both unique pieces made for Only Watch.
Three watches and a common thread
Any collector acquiring the unique versions of the Heure Impatiente from Hermès, the chronograph from Fabergé, and the Carpe Diem from Aghenor's workshop, would, in fact be purchasing a genuine slice of watchmaking history. Focus.
The big question is this: Will they be sold to a single person this November 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva? It would certainly make a lot of sense. Among the forty-nine timepieces being offered, those three are characters with a common history, a very personal one, made up of high-level micromechanical authenticity and imbued with original, innovative, even revolutionary values. It's also a history that comes from the heart, since the unifying factor is Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, a creator of complicated calibers who gave the world of horology the term "poetic complications," and then, thanks to a competent advisor in matters concerning intellectual property, the word "AgenGraphe."
F.P. Journe Only Watch: a unique split-seconds monopusher chronograph
For its second participation at Only Watch, F. P. Journe probably exclusively indulged in the luxury of developing an entire watch (including case and movement) dedicated to the philanthropic initiative.
Since its first participation in 2015, the blue dial and tantalum case became known as the defining features of the new collection of unique pieces for Only Watch. For everything else however, François-Paul Journe was generous and let loose his passion for watchmaking and creativity to offer the best of his art for the benefit of children suffering from muscular dystrophies.
From Doodling Teen to Horological Machine: How the MB&F HM8 Only Watch Came to Be
Continuing his path of releasing the watch world’s inner child, MB&F’s Max Büsser speaks to us about his collaboration with a talented, compassionate youth for the 2017 Only Watch auction.
It is no secret to anyone associated with the watch industry that Maximilian Büsser has a playroom set aside for children on the top floor of his heart. To watch his face become brighter when he tells tales of growing up is a gift to the onlooker; to hear the warmth in his voice as he describes the activities of his own children is a sound as sweet as butterfly kisses are soft.
Only Watch 2017 | by Christies | The Monaco exhibition
Only Watch has become a world-renowned charity event, of which the success is based on the generosity, altruism and willingness expressed by organisers, partners and watch brands. All participating brands offer their watches, partners offer their services, logistical or organisational supports.
The 7th edition of the renowned biennial charity-auction ONLY WATCH began its ten-leg world tour at the Monaco Yacht Show on 27 September. This exceptional fundraising endeavour - to drive research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) - culminates on 11 November in Geneva, on the occasion of the watch auction week when Christie’s will offer the 50 lots to bidders.