Christie’s Geneva will host the ninth edition of Only Watch, the biennial charity auction whose aim is to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since its first edition in 2005, Only Watch has raised more than 70 million Euros to support the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies.
The 2019 edition of the event made history as the unique Grandmaster Chime offered by Patek Philippe sold for $31 Million, thus becoming the most expensive timepiece of all time. 54 brands will offer one-off luxury watches – among them, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot, Montblanc, Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Zenith. Scroll down to take a look at three of them and click here for the full list.
In the weeks preceding the auction, the watches will be presented to the public, media, and horological enthusiasts, during a promotional tour that will start on 22 September in Monaco and end in Geneva after making stops in Dubai, Tokyo Singapore and Hong Kong. The auction will take place on 6 November, at 2pm (Geneva time), at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues.
The Tribute to Fifty Fathoms No Rad revisits a Blancpain diving instrument from the mid-60s. The model created for Only Watch features a chapter ring, hands and a bezel time scale featuring orange-coloured Super-LumiNova®, this shade referring to the colour representing the 2021 edition of Only Watch. The dominant element on the dial is the "no radiations" logo, whose original yellow and red colours have been replaced by orange and yellow.
The Breguet Type XX Only Watch 2021 flyback chronograph reproduces the codes of the first generation of civilian Type XX timepieces. The bronze color of its dial is a nod to the original models with dials colored in this way. This unique 38.30 mm piece comes equipped with a Valjoux 235 movement, directly derived from the Valjoux 222 used by Breguet in the 1950s and early 1960s.
This unique Tudor Black Bay GMT features a case and bracelet finish that is the result of a stainless-steel ageing technique. The bridges and mainplate of the MT5652 Manufacture Calibre were coated in black before being aged by barrel tumbling. The Black Bay GMT One is a Master Chronometer. Achieving this certification required a substantial number of changes to the movement and highlights the brand's technical expertise and know-how.