Guiltless Luxury: Highlights From The Only Watch Charity Auction

Watches & Jewellery

November 3, 2017 | BY Winston Koo

49 watches will go under the hammer in Geneva to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Since its inception in 2005, Only Watch has become the premier international watchmaking charity event, raising funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that cruelly strikes down children and young adults.

Watchmakers donate strictly one-off pieces, or the first piece in a series, for auction at the biennial event, which takes place in Geneva next month. The 49 timepieces donated for this year’s auction represent a cross-section of the industry’s style and innovation. The buyers will be helping to make the world a better place as they add remarkable timepieces to their collections.

Here are eight examples that we think will garner the most feverish bidding.

 

This watch houses a mighty Minerva movement in the It material of the moment: bronze. The industrial-grade material is matched with a mesmerising green dial that recalls absinthe. (Photo: Courtesy of Montblanc)

This watch houses a mighty Minerva movement in the It material of the moment: bronze. The industrial-grade material is matched with a mesmerising green dial that recalls absinthe. (Photo: Courtesy of Montblanc)

This was one of the most popular releases at Baselworld this year. With it, Blancpain sets a fine example of doing tribute watches right. (Photo: Courtesy of Blancpain)

This was one of the most popular releases at Baselworld this year. With it, Blancpain sets a fine example of doing tribute watches right. (Photo: Courtesy of Blancpain)

Anything from Patek Philippe generates interest and buzz among collectors and industry experts. Combining a material the storied brand rarely uses, titanium, with a beautifully executed hand-guilloched carbon-fibre dial, this piece is set to break auction records. (Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe)

Anything from Patek Philippe generates interest and buzz among collectors and industry experts. Combining a material the storied brand rarely uses, titanium, with a beautifully executed hand-guilloched carbon-fibre dial, this piece is set to break auction records. (Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe)

The unique execution of the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante’s case and dial makes it absolutely captivating and a standout for the auction. (Photo: Courtesy of FP Journe)

The unique execution of the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante’s case and dial makes it absolutely captivating and a standout for the auction. (Photo: Courtesy of FP Journe)

The Visionnaire Chronograph houses a new and revolutionary movement from Agenhor. Its innovative way of telling the time and incorporating a chronograph has won the respect of industry veterans and enthusiasts alike. (Photo: Courtesy of Faberge)

The Visionnaire Chronograph houses a new and revolutionary movement from Agenhor. Its innovative way of telling the time and incorporating a chronograph has won the respect of industry veterans and enthusiasts alike. (Photo: Courtesy of Faberge)

From the brand that can do no wrong at the moment. If the version of this watch donated to Only Watch 2015 was any indication—it sold for 375,000 Swiss francs (more than HK$3 million), 120 times the list price—this one will generate feverish bidding. (Photo: Courtesy of Tudor)

From the brand that can do no wrong at the moment. If the version of this watch donated to Only Watch 2015 was any indication—it sold for 375,000 Swiss francs (more than HK$3 million), 120 times the list price—this one will generate feverish bidding. (Photo: Courtesy of Tudor)

Based on the Royal Oak launched by Audemars Piguet at this year’s SIHH, the Only Watch version has a beautiful blue Mega Tapisserie dial to complement the highly finished ceramic case and bracelet. It also features a ceramic case back not found on the original model. (Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet)

Based on the Royal Oak launched by Audemars Piguet at this year’s SIHH, the Only Watch version has a beautiful blue Mega Tapisserie dial to complement the highly finished ceramic case and bracelet. It also features a ceramic case back not found on the original model. (Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet)

A playful mechanism in this timepiece marks an event within a 12-hour period and provides a visual countdown from 60 minutes, alerting the wearer with the sweet chimes of an internal alarm. (Photo: Courtesy of Hermes)

A playful mechanism in this timepiece marks an event within a 12-hour period and provides a visual countdown from 60 minutes, alerting the wearer with the sweet chimes of an internal alarm. (Photo: Courtesy of Hermes)

To see the rest of the watches up for auction, visit onlywatch.com and watch our hands-on video below to get a closer look at some of the auction highlights

 

Video: Kevin Cureau / Hong Kong Tatler