For the second time since its first edition in 2005, the world renowned biennial charity auction Only Watch will be staging in Geneva.
On 11 November, this exceptional fundraising for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be opening the autumn Geneva watch auction week, in presence of hundreds of connoisseurs, donators and collectors who will undoubtedly engage in strong bidding competition for the unique timepieces especially made by the finest watchmakers for Only Watch.
For the 2017 edition of Only Watch, it has been proposed, whenever possible and according to the brand’s culture and desire, to combine the timepiece with a unique experience with either a brand ambassador (athletics champion, car racing driver…) or an exceptional event (film festival, fashion show…).
Since 2005, the uniqueness of a project such as Only Watch underlines how great brands from luxury groups or independent craftsmen have achieved to unite in the pursuit of a common goal: financing research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
An unusual feature on the Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph is that the positioning of the rectangular pushers which are aligned with the crownmolding. The crown, engraved with the Alpina logo, rises above the pushers and the lack of guards on each side calls for warning as a direct hit might well break it. It was actually for this very reason that Omega fitted the crown of its Speedmaster with protectors. It is, however, a screw-in crown, a vital aspect for a wristwatch that’s water-resistant to 100 meters.The black sunburst dial houses three sub-dials using a 30-minute counter at 3, date at 6, and small seconds at 9 o’clock. Both counters are slightly sunken and also have circular rings, which enhances legibility while providing depth to the dial. Big, sturdy indexes and palms of this Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph accentuate the masculine look of the timepiece and are visible in low light as a result of the beige luminous coating. The color beige can also be utilized to highlight the telemeter found on the outer rim of this dial.Despite housing a motion measuring 30.5millimeters in a 44mm case, the AL-760 sub-counters have plenty of distance between them, which makes for a more attractive and legible layout on the dial. And there must be plenty of space within the flyback chronograph module too, since it is composed of only 96 parts. Though the caseback is strong (we’ll try and have images of that once we get hands together with the opinion), the calibre was adorned with Côtes de Genève and perlage decoration, anglage for those bridges, and a PVD-coated rotor. The movement operates at 4Hz, but has a power reserve of 38 hours which may be a little low for some.
This synergy, under the patronage and support of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, driven by the enthusiasm shown by individuals within the brands and partners, shows a deep wish to help this noble cause. In six editions, Only Watch has raised more than 25 million euros for Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association against Duchenne muscular dystrophy) helping make significant advances in research over a decade.
The 49 one-off models of the 2017 Only Watch collection will tour around the globe during one and a half months, starting on 27 September in Monaco.
The Monaco Yacht Show will launch the journey by exhibiting the watches from 27 to 30 September within the show venue. The collection will then be flown to Bangkok (02-03 October/Christie’s), Singapore (05-06 October/The Hour Glass), Dubai (October 09-11/Christie’s & Seddiqi), Hong Kong (23-24 October/Christie’s), Taipei (26-27 October/Christie’s), New-York (October 29-30/Christie’s), Los Angeles (1-2 November/Westime), and finally Geneva (9-11 November/Christie’s).
Participating brands: Andersen Genève, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Audemars Piguet, Barbier Mueller, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, De Bethune, Dewitt, F.P. Journe, Fabergé, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hautlence, Hermès, Hublot, Jacob & Co, Konstantin Chaykin, Laurent Ferrier, Jaquet Droz, Louis Moinet, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, MCT, Montblanc, Moritz Grossmann, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rebellion, Ressence, Speake Marin, Tag Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Voutilainen, Zenith. Special Projects: (Agenhor x Head/Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design – Genève), Wostep (Ecole Horlogère – Neuchâtel).