Only Watch – the name says it all. Each instalment sees many of the world’s most famous watchmakers come together not for the sake of self-promotion like Basel or SIHH (not entirely at least) but for a much greater cause: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
In order to raise money for the research needed to help eventually cure the disease, these 49 watchmakers have once again done what they do best and created an auction like no other. These watches aren’t just rare; they’re unique. There’s nothing else in the world exactly like them and never will be.
Needless to say 49 watches is a lot to get through yourself, so we’re here to give you a brief overview on why each is unique and why, should you find yourself in Monaco on November 11th, each should have your bid.
1. Andersen Geneve Tempus Terrae Onlywatch 2017 Pièce Unique
The first ever bi-colour edition of Andersen Geneve’s phenomenal Tempus Terrae, created for the model’s 25th anniversary.
Estimate: CHF 45,000 – 50,000; andersen-geneve.ch
2. Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch
American Artist Hunt Slonem has forgone his usual canvases for a titanium-cased manual-wind timepiece from Armin Strom.
Estimate: CHF 10,500 – 18,500; www.arminstrom.com
3. Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Only Watch
A transformation of the classical, regulator-inspired Time Pyramid into a black clad beauty with a DLC coating on the case and contrasting black ADLC on the movement itself.
Estimate: CHF 25,000 – 35,000; www.arnoldandson.com
4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Only Watch
This take on the Royal Oak uses a unique ‘skylight’ blue dial and photo-realistic orange moon – though you’ll need a loup to check.
Estimate: CHF 80,000 – 120,000; www.audemarspiguet.com
5. Mosaïque by Barbier Mueller
Sporting a beautiful cloisonné motif dominating the dial and the case, this piece is a tribute to the ancient decorative arts of Geneva, complete with a golden FPJourne movement.
Estimate: CHF 110,000 – 200,000
6. Bell & Ross BR-X1 R.S.17 Only Watch
The latest in Bell & Ross’s collaboration with the Renault F1 team, this model is dressed in the livery of the team’s latest racer and has everything a professional driver could need.
Estimate: CHF 22,000 – 28,000; www.bellross.com
7. Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec
We’ve already covered Blancpain’s honorary timepiece before so the watch itself is here nothing new. The difference is the unique engravings on the back of the watch which make this a piece unique.
Estimate: CHF 10,000 – 17,000; www.blancpain.com
8. Boucheron Paris Épure Blé D’Été
Wheat has always been king among Boucheron’s paradise of bejewelled flora and for Only Watch 2017 is gets immortalised in diamonds, eschewing its signature golden colour for shimmering white.
Estimate: CHF 25,000 – 30,000; uk.boucheron.com
9. Bovet Secret Beauty for Only Watch
Minature paintings have always adorned fine watches, but not normally quite like this. Turn off the lights and the Geisha comes to life with glowing superluminova, bearing all in the process.
Estimate: CHF 55,000 – 60,000; www.bovet.com
10. Breguet Classique Quantième Perpéturel En Ligne
Based on the Classique model, the unique aspect here is the perpetual calendar which is aligned entirely vertically, enhancing both readability and more importantly elegance.
Estimate: CHF 80,000 – 100,000; www.breguet.com