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THIS YEAR’S BIENNIAL CHARITY AUCTION UNVEILED SOME GREAT COLLECTIBLE PIECES THAT WENT UNDER THE HAMMER FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE

THIS YEAR’S BIENNIAL CHARITY AUCTION UNVEILED SOME GREAT COLLECTIBLE PIECES THAT WENT UNDER THE HAMMER FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE

On 9th November, 50 one-of-a-kind timepieces were auctioned off at the Only Watch biennial charity event in Geneva. Like previous years, the auction drew in a packed audience of international supporters, collectors, philanthropists and watchmaking manufacturer representatives, all of whom were eager to peruse the choice timepieces that were being presented at auction.

At the end of the event, all 50 choice collectibles were snapped up resulting in a record €35,106,420 being raised for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The journey of Only Watch 2019 involved a world tour exhibition that began at the Monaco Yacht Show in September with global stopovers in major cities such as Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore. For collectors, the auction as well as exhibition afforded a closer look at one-of-a-kind pieces donated by the brands. These are some of the prominent models that captured the hearts of buyers at this year’s event.

Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One

Sold For: €318,500

Although it shares its look with the standard steel Black Bay, this unique number from Tudor is exquisitely presented in 41mm matte black ceramic case. The theme is carried on the steel crown and caseback, both finished with a matte black PVD treatment as is the PVD coated titanium bezel featuring a matte black ceramic insert. The stealthy-yet-stylish look is completed with a Black alligator and rubber hybrid strap with a brushed PVD folding clasp. The Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One is fitted with the MT5602 automatic, chronometer-certified movement with a ceramic rotor.

Zenith El Primero A386 Only Watch

Sold For: €68,260

Featuring a 38mm 18k white gold case, this special edition timepiece features a unique dial execution with a 3 o’ clock subdial finished in ‘Only Watch’ blue, keeping in theme with the event. Overall the A386 features the similar white lacquered dial with three different-coloured counters as previous models and is powered by an automatic high frequency El Primero chronograph with date. The timepiece is finished with a black alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining and special turquoise stitching, which enhances the rugged appeal of this sports chronograph.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019

Sold For: €91,000

Inspired by the monopusher chronographs of the 1930s, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019 exemplifies true high horology and the very best in tool watch design. Equipped with a 44 mm satin-finished titanium case, which blends effortlessly with the degraded blue Agate dial, the timepiece is certainly striking in appearance. A Minerva-produced Calibre MB M16.31 – visible through the display back – is tasked with powering the functions of the watch.

Arnold & Son DSTB Only Watch

Sold For: €23,600

The asymmetrical multi-layered dial and the dual-side true seconds mechanism instantaneously made this model a unique piece. But the beauty of this Only Watch edition is that it also allows its owner to customise the complication’s true seconds mechanism. Presented in a 43.5mm anthracite DLC-treated steel case, the DSTB Only Watch from Arnold & Son is equipped an A&S6003, self-winding mechanical calibre and features a Rhodium and black ADLC dial with snailed and polished chamfers.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph For Only Watch

Sold For: €21,800

This edition of the Laureato Absolute Chronograph stands as a contemporary interpretation from the Laureato collection. It features a 44mm polished and satin-brushed black PVD-coated titanium case paired with a black rubber inlaid blue calf leather bracelet. Key features of the timepiece include a black dial, blue hour-marker and a delicately polished and deep azure-lacquered ‘Only Watch’ logo adorning the screw-in case-back. The chronograph is powered by an automatic calibre movement.

Frederique Constant Meteorite Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Sold For: €54,600

The main takeaway of this number from Frederique Constant is its skeletonized blue tint meteorite dial, which was found in Namibia, Africa back in 1839. Stunning in form, the watch is presented in a 42mm 18k rose gold case with a see through caseback where the delicate Perlage & Côtes de Genève decoration on the FC-975 Manufacture calibre movement is displayed in its full glory. The ensemble is made complete with a Navy blue alligator leather strap with rubber finishing.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic

Sold For: €41,000

Based on the iconic Grande Seconde, this one-of-a-kind edition features the rail-track, gold hour, minute and seconds hands, and the rolled-edge hand-made strap reinterpreted in red. It contrasts perfectly with the 41.5mm black ceramic case. Beating within is a Jaquet Droz 2663 SQ, self-winding skeleton mechanical movement –treated in black –and featuring a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel and 18K white gold oscillating weight.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel Chestnut

Sold For: €54,600

This specially-made edition of the Master Ultra Thin emphasis both beauty and brilliance. The timepiece features a perpetual calendar calibre, moon phase indication in both the north and south hemisphere along with a handmade Chestnut brown guilloché enamel dial made by the manufacture craftsmen. The dial contrasts exquisitely with the 39mm white gold case with the black leather strap blending impeccably with the overall design.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda For Only Watch

Sold For: €41,000

The Fifty Fathoms’ well-documented history with diving is well-documented. But for Only Watch, Blancpain has revised the watch’s original aesthetic codes whilst making the most of the technical innovations stemming from the watchmaker’s longstanding experience. The result is a bold interpretation of the model, which is presented in a 40mm round steel case, fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel and a sapphire case back. Beating beneath the beautiful black dial is the 1151 self-winding movement.

Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Gold Blue

Sold For: €50,000

Billed as the ultimate watch for urban explorers, the BR 05 Skeleton Gold Blue features a 40mm 18k rose gold case with an anti-reflective sapphire case and sapphire caseback. The model however does have some of its own styling cues, chief of which is its link that forms part of the case. Despite exuding a more stylish presence the model still remains faithful to Bell & Ross’ longstanding promise of legibility, functionality, reliability and precision. The BR 05 Skeleton Gold Blue is powered by a BR-CAL.322. Automatic mechanical calibre and comes paired with a blue rubber strap.

On 9th November, 50 one-of-a-kind timepieces were auctioned off at the Only Watch biennial charity event in Geneva. Like previous years, the auction drew in a packed audience of international supporters, collectors, philanthropists and watchmaking manufacturer representatives, all of whom were eager to peruse the choice timepieces that were being presented at auction.

At the end of the event, all 50 choice collectibles were snapped up resulting in a record €35,106,420 being raised for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The journey of Only Watch 2019 involved a world tour exhibition that began at the Monaco Yacht Show in September with global stopovers in major cities such as Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore. For collectors, the auction as well as exhibition afforded a closer look at one-of-a-kind pieces donated by the brands. These are some of the prominent models that captured the hearts of buyers at this year’s event.

Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One

Sold For: €318,500

Although it shares its look with the standard steel Black Bay, this unique number from Tudor is exquisitely presented in 41mm matte black ceramic case. The theme is carried on the steel crown and caseback, both finished with a matte black PVD treatment as is the PVD coated titanium bezel featuring a matte black ceramic insert. The stealthy-yet-stylish look is completed with a Black alligator and rubber hybrid strap with a brushed PVD folding clasp. The Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One is fitted with the MT5602 automatic, chronometer-certified movement with a ceramic rotor.

Zenith El Primero A386 Only Watch

Sold For: €68,260

Featuring a 38mm 18k white gold case, this special edition timepiece features a unique dial execution with a 3 o’ clock subdial finished in ‘Only Watch’ blue, keeping in theme with the event. Overall the A386 features the similar white lacquered dial with three different-coloured counters as previous models and is powered by an automatic high frequency El Primero chronograph with date. The timepiece is finished with a black alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining and special turquoise stitching, which enhances the rugged appeal of this sports chronograph.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019

Sold For: €91,000

Inspired by the monopusher chronographs of the 1930s, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019 exemplifies true high horology and the very best in tool watch design. Equipped with a 44 mm satin-finished titanium case, which blends effortlessly with the degraded blue Agate dial, the timepiece is certainly striking in appearance. A Minerva-produced Calibre MB M16.31 – visible through the display back – is tasked with powering the functions of the watch.

Arnold & Son DSTB Only Watch

Sold For: €23,600

The asymmetrical multi-layered dial and the dual-side true seconds mechanism instantaneously made this model a unique piece. But the beauty of this Only Watch edition is that it also allows its owner to customise the complication’s true seconds mechanism. Presented in a 43.5mm anthracite DLC-treated steel case, the DSTB Only Watch from Arnold & Son is equipped an A&S6003, self-winding mechanical calibre and features a Rhodium and black ADLC dial with snailed and polished chamfers.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph For Only Watch

Sold For: €21,800

This edition of the Laureato Absolute Chronograph stands as a contemporary interpretation from the Laureato collection. It features a 44mm polished and satin-brushed black PVD-coated titanium case paired with a black rubber inlaid blue calf leather bracelet. Key features of the timepiece include a black dial, blue hour-marker and a delicately polished and deep azure-lacquered ‘Only Watch’ logo adorning the screw-in case-back. The chronograph is powered by an automatic calibre movement.

Frederique Constant Meteorite Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Sold For: €54,600

The main takeaway of this number from Frederique Constant is its skeletonized blue tint meteorite dial, which was found in Namibia, Africa back in 1839. Stunning in form, the watch is presented in a 42mm 18k rose gold case with a see through caseback where the delicate Perlage & Côtes de Genève decoration on the FC-975 Manufacture calibre movement is displayed in its full glory. The ensemble is made complete with a Navy blue alligator leather strap with rubber finishing.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic

Sold For: €41,000

Based on the iconic Grande Seconde, this one-of-a-kind edition features the rail-track, gold hour, minute and seconds hands, and the rolled-edge hand-made strap reinterpreted in red. It contrasts perfectly with the 41.5mm black ceramic case. Beating within is a Jaquet Droz 2663 SQ, self-winding skeleton mechanical movement –treated in black –and featuring a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel and 18K white gold oscillating weight.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel Chestnut

Sold For: €54,600

This specially-made edition of the Master Ultra Thin emphasis both beauty and brilliance. The timepiece features a perpetual calendar calibre, moon phase indication in both the north and south hemisphere along with a handmade Chestnut brown guilloché enamel dial made by the manufacture craftsmen. The dial contrasts exquisitely with the 39mm white gold case with the black leather strap blending impeccably with the overall design.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda For Only Watch

Sold For: €41,000

The Fifty Fathoms’ well-documented history with diving is well-documented. But for Only Watch, Blancpain has revised the watch’s original aesthetic codes whilst making the most of the technical innovations stemming from the watchmaker’s longstanding experience. The result is a bold interpretation of the model, which is presented in a 40mm round steel case, fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel and a sapphire case back. Beating beneath the beautiful black dial is the 1151 self-winding movement.

Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Gold Blue

Sold For: €50,000

Billed as the ultimate watch for urban explorers, the BR 05 Skeleton Gold Blue features a 40mm 18k rose gold case with an anti-reflective sapphire case and sapphire caseback. The model however does have some of its own styling cues, chief of which is its link that forms part of the case. Despite exuding a more stylish presence the model still remains faithful to Bell & Ross’ longstanding promise of legibility, functionality, reliability and precision. The BR 05 Skeleton Gold Blue is powered by a BR-CAL.322. Automatic mechanical calibre and comes paired with a blue rubber strap.