The 8th edition of Only Watch, the biennial charity auction for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is getting closer. After an extensive world tour exhibition, the unique timepieces created by fine watchmaking brands will bring together watch collectors and philanthropists on November 9 in Geneva to bid on their favorite time item while contributing to the battle of awareness about the disease. Here are our favorite one-off pieces that will give time more humanitarian value.
Breguet Type20 Only Watch 2019 – In an homage to both watchmaking and aviation, Breguet is reissuing a unique version of its Type 20 pilot chronograph from the 50s in a design that stays very faithful to the original, both esthetically and mechanically. Its 38.30mm steel case houses a dial inspired by the bronze-colored dials of very rare vintage civilian and military models. The caseback is inscribed with: “Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019 Pièce Unique”. This watch will be offered in a presentation box shaped like an airplane’s wing.
Blancpain reiterates its support for the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM) and its commitment to Only Watch by unveiling a unique Fifty Fathoms Barakuda timepiece, specifically tailored for the charity auction. The new watch reinterprets the aesthetic codes of its 1960s ancestor while benefiting from technical innovations stemming from Blancpain’s longstanding watchmaking experience. Its black dial is punctuated by broad white hour markers in Super-LumiNova® with blue luminescence. The pencil-shaped hands are white-lacquered and the seconds hand is rimmed with light blue, while a key element of the original model, the date, goes back to its favourite position in a prominent window. The sapphire caseback reveals an oscillating weight engraved with the inscription “Only Watch”, as well as the Blancpain logo. Paired with a tropical rubber strap identical to that of the historical models, the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda for Only Watch is a new take on vintage.
Christophe Claret Maestro Corail – Inspired by the Maestro Mamba watch that is part of the collection, this unique timepiece brings the voluptuous undulations of a coral snake to the heart of the Maestro watch. Maestro’s characteristic MEMO function, placed between 3 and 4 o’clock, is an ingenious mechanical reminder intended for absent-minded individuals and fans of technical gadgets. It is inspired by the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help one remember something important. The Maestro Corail provides a constant reminder of fate and the fragile nature of time.
De Bethune & Urwerk Moon Satellite for Only Watch 2019 – Since united we are stronger in the fight against disease’, independent watchmaking “Maisons” De Bethune and Urwerk joined their creative energies to create a unique timepiece is a complex support of Only Watch 2019. The case challenges established norms, fusing the design and function genetics of both De Bethune and Urwerk with its floating lugs and the singular vibrancy of blued titanium. Under the hood and curved sapphire crystal lies an impressive mechanical universe with the one-off URDB01 caliber jointly developed for this very special auction, the crown at 12 o’clock, spherical moon phase and URWERK’s signature time indication with the now-famous satellite window in an arc that evokes the sun’s curvature. Proper images of the watch haven’t been unveiled yet, so we’re all looking forward to discovering the mysterious timepiece!
F.P. Journe Astronomic Blue for Only Watch 2019 – Always a favorite when it comes to design and technicality, FPJ presents a grande complication for this edition of Only Watch. The Astronomic Blue is unique not only in its dial and case, but also in its entire movement and multiple indications. The rare metal tantalum 44mm case, and orange alligator strap contrasting with the signature chrome blue dial make it quite eye-catchy! Despite the impressive number of complications included in the watch, the case’s thickness doesn’t exceed 13.75mm. The biggest technical feat here is undoubtedly the prototype calibre “1619” with more than 18 complications!
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski for Only Watch – Hublot fused its Classic Fusion Orlisnki Sapphire watch with Only Water’s blue colors to create a unique piece, a new work of art for the wrist. The signature edges, bevels and facets of artist Richard Orlinski’s sculptures are sculpted into sapphire, one of the most difficult materials to machine. The white gold bezel, set with 54 baguette-cut topazes, is held by a 45mm, entirely transparent case that reveals an open-worked architecture showcasing the gears, tourbillon cage and power reserve. Powered by a stylized skeleton calibre, the watch be delivered in a sapphire gift box, ‘held’ by the famous “Wild Kong” by Richard Orlinski. The owner will have the opportunity to meet with Richard Orlinski at his art gallery in Paris. This one’s a time x art x charity experience!
MB&F ‘Tom & T-Rex’ – For this edition of Only Watch, MB&F and L’Epée have made the unprecedented choice to contribute on a previously unreleased piece, highlighting the special nature of the auction. ‘Tom & T-Rex’ will be the first example of the T-Rex clock co-created by MB&F and L’Epée 1839. A sculpture mounted atop the body of the hybrid beast differentiates this piece from its predecessors. Shaped like the figure of a young child named Tom by its creators the rider of T-Rex is both companion and ward of his redoubtable steed. He specifically represents the children living with the Duchenne disease, and spends his waking days tethered to an unfavorable reality. However, he has found in T-Rex a friend who can take him on adventures beyond his wildest dreams. The “Only Watch” unique piece, a true message of hope and positivity, uses light-blue tinted Murano glass. Time is set with a key, fitted through the centre of the Murano glass dial, while the 8-day power reserve is separately maintained with the same key at the rear of the movement which is made of 138 components.
RJ ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’ – The independent Swiss watchmaker has designed a new ARRAW 6919 specially for Only Watch. The ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’, made of titanium, boasts a one-of-a-kind, customized moon phase movement. An adorable special 3D applique secured on the moon phase indicator driving wheel represents the Apollo 11 Command and Service Module (CSM). The geographic selenographic coordinates engravings add the finishing touch to the wheel’s design. The first coordinates correspond to the launch site at the Kennedy Space Station, and the second ones refer to the moon landing site on the Tranquility Base. The watch contains authentic material sourced from the original Apollo 11 spacecraft.
So, if you’ll be in Monaco; Dubai; Paris; London; NYC; Tokyo; Singapore; Hong Kong; Taipei or Geneva between September 25 and November 9, make your way to the assigned Christie’s sales rooms or exhibition space to discover the collection ahead of auction day!