Only Watch, a biennial charity auction of one-off luxury timepieces donated by the finest watch manufacturers, raises funds for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The genetic disorder affects mainly children. More than 25 million
(S$40 million) have been raised since the first edition in 2005. The funds, said event founder Luc Pettavino, allow research on the condition “to reach new heights and get closer to a cure”.
The seventh edition will be held on Nov 11 at Christie’s in Geneva. Organised by Association Monegasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), it is supported by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Timepieces Of The Month
The WOSTEP Watch Reference 100
A group of 16 alumni from WOSTEP, a school in Switzerland that trains watchmakers from around the world, collaborated on this timepiece. It is the first school watch made at WOSTEP that is being offered to someone who has not studied at or graduated from WOSTEP. With all the 16 names engraved around the bezel and caseback rim, it is also reportedly the first watch ever to have been signed by so many notable watchmakers.
Horological Machine N°8 Only Watch
MB&F worked with young ballet dancer Cassandra Legendre to create this unique HM8 in white gold and titanium. It features a sapphire crystal engraved with a drawing created by the 15-year-old, along with a miniature white gold elephant between the hours and minutes. A smiley face replaces the MB&F logo, an appropriate element given that Only Watch raises funds for a condition that afflicts mainly the young.
DB1318-OW2017 Piece Unique
The table chronometer boasts unique horological engineering and is said to be among the most accurate in the world. It is based on the emblematic architecture of Yacht Club de Monaco and billed as an “exceptional piece of contemporary design and a tremendous demonstration of craftsmanship”.
Laurent Ferrier X Urwek
This design is billed as the exciting joint effort of two independent watchmakers that could not be more different. Laurent Ferrier is the master of classic timepieces while Urwerk is a maverick brand famed for its bold originality. The result is a sleek, futuristic design inspired by classic 1930s automobiles, blending tradition with innovation.
Agenhor X HEAD
This is the first and only Agenhor-branded timepiece, as Geneva-based Agenhor specialises in developing movements and complications for other brands and is not a brand. Agenhor worked with Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) to produce this design of a transparent ball magnifying the cutting-edge chronograph movement. Carpe Diem is powered by the world’s most advanced chronograph movement, which Agenhor unveiled earlier this year.
Other Notable Pieces
This is the first version of the timepiece to be produced in titanium, a metal Patek Philippe rarely uses. The unique piece features a blue dial adorned with a hand-guilloched carbon-fibre pattern. It is powered by the calibre R CH 27 PS QI movement, which is black rhodium-plated and can be seen through a sapphire-crystal display back.
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Only Watch
This unique piece features a skylight-blue Grande Tapisserie dial, polished counters in solid grey gold and orange-tinted photo-realistic moon, calling to mind the colour palette as dusk settles and daylight wanes. It features a hand-finished black ceramic Royal Oak case, bezel and bracelet and is the first black ceramic perpetual calendar wristwatch with a black ceramic caseback and sapphire display showing a hand-finished black oscillating mass.
Manual Hunt Slonem Edition For Only Watch
Swiss manufacturer Armin Strom teamed up with American artist Hunt Slonem to give new meaning to the term, the art of watchmaking. The timepiece in a titanium case features Slonem’s art on the dial and is decorated and hand-engraved with the finesse watch aficionados have come to expect from the independent watchmaker.
Tempus Terrae Only Watch 2017 Piece Unique
This is the first bi-colour version of Andersen Geneve’s Tempus Terrae created to mark the model’s 25th anniversary. It features a white gold bezel, a red gold case and a white gold hunter case back.
A mini J12 set with baguette-cut diamonds sits on a beaded cuff tailored by Maison Lesage, which is famed for its couture embroidery. The combination is a tribute to both Lesage’s savoir-faire and Chanel’s horological expertise, merging fashion and watchmaking with precision and pizzazz.
Secret Beauty For Only Watch
Bovet, a master of decorative arts in watchmaking, struts its stuff once again. This timepiece comes with a twist: The watch face changes when the lights go off, thanks to glow-in-the-dark SuperLuminova, and the geisha hand-painted on the dial will bare her female form.
Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017
Created with Jacky Ickx, this titanium watch is fitted with a new Chopard high-frequency, high-performance movement. It honours the Belgian motor-racing legend, whose signature is featured on the dial.
Telling the time has never been so fun — or funny. The hours and minutes are shown on separate dials that form the eyes of the face, while a moon phase passes for a tongue. The expression changes throughout the day but is always delightfully silly. The Russian watchmaker has given the Only Watch model a special zirconium case and a bright red dial ring, as well as unique engraving on the case back.
Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt For Only Watch
Inspired by one of Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt's favourite models, this green and gold design with a transparent strap honours the colours of the Jamaican flag. It will be auctioned with another strap, in yellow-gold calfskin, that features the silhouette of the country’s flag. The watch is crafted from sapphire, said to be one of the most difficult materials to machine.
Slim D’Hermes L’Heure Impatiente Only Watch Edition
This Only Watch version is clad in spiffy black with yellow accents, but is powered by the same mechanical self-winding H1912 Manufacture Hermes movement found in other L’heure Impatiente watches.
Ressence teamed up with watch blog Hodinkee for this one-off TYPE 12 model with an open dial and sintered case. The technique, a first in the watch industry, compacts various layers of material into the titanium case by laser heat.
Pinball, Ball-E — Mechanical Pinball
It might not tell the time, but Hautlence’s titanium offering promises the wearer a good time with one of its signature wrist games, a mechanical pinball model. This unique version has a bonus feature: A robot face appears in the dark, outlined by SuperLuminova.
Escale Spin Time Black & Fire
With its summery palette of bright red, orange and yellow, this one-off model of the French maison’s high-end Escale Spin Time with hand-painted hour cubes is sure to turn heads.
Grande Seconde Off-Centred Cuprite
Jaquet Droz’s trademark figure 8 symbol is off-kilter in this unique take on the legendary Grande Seconde watch, which also features a dial made of cuprite, a mineral with a distinctive fiery red hue.