On September 23, 2011, the Principality of Monaco will stage the world-famous charity watch auction ONLY WATCH. Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 40 unique timepieces will be sold by leading horological auction house Antiquorum. The auction, held at 4 pm (GMT + 1) at the Hotel Hermitage, will draw international luxury watch connoisseurs as well as online and telephone bidders. The entire proceeds of the auction will be donated to support research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
No less than 40 watch houses have created a unique , one off timepiece and donated to ONLY WATCH.
Famous traditional brands like Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe show special versions from their extensive lines. The AM Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic is special in coloring detail, and the classic houses do not dissappoint.
More and more, however, the ONLY WATCH quietly becomes a platform for innovative small watchmakers to show their latest innovations. The BLU “Gagarin Tourbillon” is an example, the Celcius X VII II for Only watch another one. The Celcius brand is known for its perfect blend of High-end watchmaking and cellphones. Perhaps not anyones taste, but certainly unique. The MB&F Only watch, with the Panda bear, was created in cooperation with Chinese artist Huang Hankang, and will most certainly find its way to China. My personal favorite of this year, however, is the donation of Vacheron & Constantin: The Dove watch. It’s an perfect combination of classic watchmaking and modern design.
From August 30 to September 17, the Only Watch 2011 collection will be showcased in a world tour that will visit most of the world’s luxury watch collecting capitals: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Milan and Geneva. The tour will close in Monaco with a three-day exhibition (Sep. 21/22/23) at the Monaco Yacht Show. The auction will take place on the 23rd of September. More information on http://www.onlywatch.net