Hiren Kumar Bose chooses a handful of participating brands to be auctioned at Only Watch event in Geneva in November
Hundreds of connoisseurs, donors and collectors will engage in strong bidding for the unique timepieces especially made by the finest watchmakers for the biennial charity auction, Only Watch, to be held in Geneva in November. For the second time since its maiden edition in 2005, Only Watch will be staging in the epicentre of the world’s finest watchmakers with Christie’s conducting the auction for the first time.
In six editions so far, Only Watch has raised more than 25 million euros for Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association against Duchenne muscular dystrophy) helping make significant advances in research over a decade. The event, under the patronage and support of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, is driven by the enthusiasm shown by individuals within the brands and partners, displaying its commitment to the noble cause.
The 49 one-off models of the 2017 Only Watch collection will tour around the globe during one and a half months starting on 27 September in Monaco and end with auction at Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues in Geneva on November 11.
Following are some of the brands:
AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
Estimate 83,000 – 124,000 $
The 41 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic evokes the last moments of light cast by the sun as darkness descends on the evening sky, reflected by the ‘skylight’ blue Grande Tapisserie dial, polished counters in solid grey gold and orange-tinted photo realistic moon. Juxtaposed against the entirely hand-finished black ceramic Royal Oak case, bezel and bracelet, the transition from the blue, orange and silver dusk to the pitch black of night is a powerful combination. In addition to the unique dial, the first black ceramic perpetual calendar wristwatch to feature a black ceramic caseback with sapphire display back reveals a unique hand-finished black oscillating mass.
BLANCPAIN Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec
Estimate: 11,000 – 18,000 $
The Fifty Fathoms, created in 1953, was the first modern diving watch. In the wake of its adoption by the French Navy’s combat swimmers corps for which it was initially designed, this timepiece was ordered by some of the most powerful navies in the world. In 1957-1958, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, CEO at the time, added a first additional element to his diving watch: a circular water-resistance indicator, which was to become a standard-issue feature on watches worn by American combat swimmers. The movement with its NAC-coated solid gold winding rotor bearing the Blancpain logo and the inscription “Only Watch” is clearly visible through the transparent sapphire back of the stainless steel 40mm diameter case that is guaranteed water-resistant to 300 m.
BREGUET Classique Quantième Perpéturel En Ligne
Estimate: 83,000 – 103,000 $
This 39mm one-of-a-kind model depicts the passing of time with elegance and accuracy. The time indicators are complemented by the display of the days, months, dates and years ensuring optimal capabilities and impeccable legibility. This original design results in a seemingly simple timepiece distinguished by a sense of visual balance and purity. The silvered gold dial, finely hand-engraved on a rose engine, highlights the traditional “Clous de Paris” hobnail motif. On the back of the watch, a sapphire crystal reveals the technical sophistication of this Only Watch special model, driven by a self-winding movement.
CARL F. BUCHERER Manero Peripheral
Estimate: 19,000 – 24,000 $
The 30.6mm timepiece’s clear design language emphasizes the sophisticated finish of the 18-ct white gold case. The characteristic peripheral rotor, which Carl F. Bucherer was the first manufacturer to put into series production, appears for the first time ever in the same royal blue that adorns the model’s leather strap and indices, a tribute to the brand’s attention to detail. Alluding to the auction that will take place on November 11, the eleven of the date appears in the same blue. A metallic dedication is placed on the inside of the see-through sapphire-crystal case back that reads “ONLY WATCH 2017 – Pièce unique – Fabriquée en Suisse”, adding another layer to the one-of-a-kind character of the timepiece.
GIRARD-PERREGAUX Laureato 2017 Special Edition
Estimate: 16,000 – 19,000 $
An iconic model born in the 1970s, the Laureato has now been revived in the form of an extremely coherent collection presented at the latest Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. Based on the natural aura of this inspired and timeless design, the Maison has chosen to donate a strictly one-of-a-kind version of the 42mm Laureato. Issued as a one-off creation with an on-trend bronze case and chocolate brown alligator leather strap, this supremely sporty and elegant watch embodies the unmistakable brand identity.
FREDRIQUE CONSTANT Perpetual Calendar
Estimate: 18,000 – 28,000 $
The timepiece features the functions of a perpetual calendar, such as hours, minutes, moonphase, date, day, month and most importantly the leap year. All in an 18-ct polished rose gold 42mm case with a see-through back case revealing intricate Perlage and Côtes de Genève decoration on the FC-775 in-house caliber. What makes this piece truly exclusive is the one-of-a-kind meteorite dial giving the once classic timepiece, an edgy twist! Meteorite stones are often found in desert areas; in this case, the one used for this unique piece was uncovered in the desert of Namibia.
In the next, we will feature more brands participating in the Only Watch event…