The Only Watch charity auction, which raises money for Muscular Dystrophy research, takes place in Geneva on November 11.
Here, and in linked articles, WatchPro features unique watches created specially for the sale by the world’s leading watchmakers. The auction is being managed and run by Christie’s, which will accept bids both in the saleroom and online.
CARL F. BUCHERER
MANERO PERIPHERAL ONLY WATCH 2017
Estimate: CHF 18,000 – 23,000
The Manero Peripheral Only Watch 2017 model is the epitome of a timeless classic. The timepiece’s clear design language emphasizes the sophisticated finish of the 18-carat white gold case. The characteristic peripheral rotor, which Carl F. Bucherer was the first manufacturer to put into series production, appears for the first time ever in the same royal blue that adorns the model’s leather strap and indices, a tribute to the brand’s attention to detail. Alluding to the auction that will take place on November 11, the eleven of the date appears in the same blue.
A metallic dedication is placed on the inside of the see-through sapphire-crystal case back that reads “ONLY WATCH 2017 – Pièce unique – Fabriquée en Suisse”, adding another layer to the one-of-a-kind character of the timepiece. This is a watch that embodies the full innovative force of the Carl F. Bucherer manufacture by blending the sophisticated engineering of the in-house movement with a timeless design interpretation.
The successful bidder and a person of her/his choice will also be invited for an unforgettable experience in the brand’s hometown, Lucerne, in the very heart of Switzerland. They will enjoy a two-night stay at the prestigious Chateau Gütsch hotel, which is located in one of the most picturesque hotel locations in the world.
Here they can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains and head out to explore the historic city accompanied by a guide – and they will also have the privilege of visiting the Carl F. Bucherer manufacture, where they can experience the entire world of the family business.
J12 – XS
Estimate: CHF 33,000 – 45,000
Since 1987, CHANEL gives allure to time.
In only thirty years of CHANEL’s watchmaking journey, the House has touched on every métier contributing to the art of Fine Watchmaking. Defining a unique vision of Fine Watchmaking through the creation of watches conceived as objects of desire and beauty, without compromising the craftsmanship and technical expertise required to create exceptional timepieces. Timepieces designed to withstand the test of time.
In 2017, CHANEL Horlogerie has the future ahead of it. A Swiss manufacturing, patents, and inventions.
For thirty years, CHANEL has stayed true to its own vision of watchmaking and, in so doing, created new watchmaking codes. Watches that, year after year, transcribe the allure of time.
You think you know me? But you don’t. On a cuff tailored by Maison Lesage, I dictate the rules, my allure, my time.
I am a J12. I am excessive. I am the J12 XS.
This one-off piece embroidered by Lesage will be your pass to Chanel’s Ready to Wear fashion show in March 2018*.
The House of Chanel will welcome you in a Parisian palace the night before in order for you to make the most of this priviledged moment.
SUPERFAST 8HZ POWER CONTROL PORSCHE 919 ONLY WATCH 2017
Estimate: CHF 18,000 – 25,000
For the sixth time, Chopard commits to supporting the Only Watch charity auction by donating an exceptional creation in tribute to the world of motorsports: the Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017. This one-of-a-kind model equipped with a high-frequency movement has been specially created for Only Watch. It honours an exceptional driver: Jacky Ickx. Chopard has chosen this motor-racing legend and ambassador of the Geneva-based Maison to collaborate in creating this watch which aims at raising funds for muscular dystrophy research. This timepiece reflects the values shared by Jacky Ickx, Porsche Motorsports and Chopard: a passion for racing, backed by excellence and precision.
Jacky Ickx participated in the design of the “Superfast 8 HZ Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017” featuring Chopard’s unique high frequency movement. A memorable week-end at the Monaco Historique GP 2018, with the presence of Jacky Ickx, is also included for the successful bidder.
MAGICAFIORE DE CHRISTOPHE CLARET
Estimate: CHF 70,000 – 100,000
For Only Watch 2017, Christophe Claret pays tribute to the love of live and the love passion.
At the heart of this watchmaking fable, a 3D depiction of the cherry blossom revisited by Christophe Claret gives pride of place to artistic crafts. The blue enameled center of the flower features a pistil topped with a blue sapphire and stamens represented by 28 emeralds.
To provide a joyful escort for the passing of time, two hand-engraved dragonflies indicate the time.
The white gold case is adorned with 59 blue sapphires and 15 marquise-cut emeralds symbolizing the leaves of the cherry tree.
The visual enchantment does not end there. One press on the pusher at 2 o’clock makes the numbers disappear to reveal the phrase specially created for Only Watch: “Pour l’amour de la vie” (For the love of life).
The sapphire caseback provides an opportunity to admire the movement’s oscillating weight, set with 4 emeralds and 4 blue sapphires. At will, the owner can indulge in the “He loves me… he loves me not” game, the simplified English version of daisy petals.
More than ever, the Magicafiore watch establishes itself as a vivid symbol of the romantic game of love and chance. A unique piece for a unique woman.
FLYING REGULATOR RED PASSION
Estimate: CHF 9,000 – 16,000
Chronoswiss presents an extravagant and unique version of its new icon Flying Regulator. This one-off creation in stainless steel with its ultra-hard DLC coating is equipped with a spectacular guilloche dial in flaming red, against which the hands and numerals stand out in bright coral red. This special color combination of different shades of red was inspired by the eternal power of love and passion which is key to almost everything in our lives. These emotions are our most important driving forces and therefore, the red colors seem to be predestined for a timepiece aiming to support such a heartfelt charity as the Only Watch, which also involves a lot of passion and love.
Externally, the Flying Regulator Red Passion shines with its classic DLC coated case, as well as with its elaborate dial construction on several levels, which lends the timepiece a stunning 3-D effect.
The powerful character of this unique timepiece is complemented by a very special strap, perfectly matching the colors of the dial and case. Hand-crafted in elegant alligator leather it completes the Flying Regulator’s extravagant look. Apart from the box accompanying this passionate wristwatch, it also comes with a special travel case. It was completely lined with bright red leather in order to match the color theme.
Estimate: CHF 25,000 – 40,000
The Swiss watchmaker DeWitt belongs to the few who can produce their own movements and the very few who have dial-makers in house. It is precisely this uniqueness that the brand is proud to offer to the new owner of one of its timepieces.
They will have the privilege to imagine the dial of their own watch, which will be hand-crafted in the Geneva based Manufacture. The watch houses a self-winding DeWitt movement. Its steel case is the case of the watchmaker’s iconic Academia model featuring the famous DeWitt imperial column motif.
Featuring the case of DeWitt’s iconic Academia model, the watch proposed for Only Watch 2017 will display the dial imagined by its new owner and hand-crafted in the Manufacture.
CHRONOGRAPHE MONOPOUSSOIR RATTRAPANTE
Estimate: CHF 200,000 – 400,000
F.P.Journe has developed an entirely new watch exclusively for Only Watch. It is a unique watch that will never exist in the F.P.Journe collection.
The watch is unique, the dial is unique, the case is unique. A case in Tantalum of 44 mm has a pusher at 2 o’clock for the chronograph and 4 o’clock for the rattrapante (split-seconds).
A movement of 15 lines in 18ct rose Gold, constructed in the purest horological tradition, each lever and spring is mirror polished, featuring a long autonomy of 80 hours and make it possible to use the chronograph and the split-seconds efficiently after 2 days.
A blue chrome dial adorned with an unusual topography and adorned with vivid colors.
“IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS …”
Estimate: CHF 27,000 – 47,000
To mark 100 years since the Russian Revolution, Fabergé presents a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos, paying homage to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917.
The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph marks a new standard in charting time. Hours and minutes are read at the periphery of the watch dial while the chronograph function takes centre stage. The automatic calibre 6361, developed in partnership with Agenhor, offers a new intuitive chronograph display. It is a revolutionary new movement that imparts unprecedented clarity, precision and efficiency to the highly popular chronograph complication. It is the modern-day analogue to a Fabergé egg — a mechanical opus with wonder at its heart.
The timepiece features an opaline dial with TCI luminescent coating 15-minute indicators, sapphire with metallic treatment and applied numerals and hour indicators and an automatic chronograph movement, developed by Agenhor, encased in a 43mm black ceramic and DLC-treated titanium case.
Aurelie Picaud, Global Timepieces Director, said: “Fabergé is honoured to be taking part in the important Only Watch project. The first deliveries of the new Visionnaire Chronograph were due to take place in November; however, Fabergé has worked closely with its external work-masters to ensure the first Chronograph was available to dedicate to this special cause. Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his team at Agenhor developed the revolutionary chronograph movement that is housed in this watch and Someco has created the bespoke dial, so we’re thrilled to offer a special-edition Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph to the Only Watch initiative.”
MANUFACTURE PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Estimate: CHF 17,000 – 27,000
As a passionate supporter of charitable foundations, Frederique Constant continues to show its support to this noble cause. This year, the brand does so with the Perpetual Calendar, which has been praised as one of the most reliable and affordable grandes complications in the industry. For this exclusive Only Watch edition, the brand wanted to present a variation of this timepiece that is incredibly jaw dropping.
The timepiece features the functions of a perpetual calendar, such as hours, minutes, moonphase, date, day, month and most importantly the leap year. All in an 18k polished rose gold 42mm case with a see-through back case revealing intricate Perlage and Côtes de Genève decoration on the FC-775 in-house caliber.
However, what makes this piece truly exclusive is the one-of-a-kind meteorite dial giving the once classic timepiece, an edgy twist! Meteorite stones are often found in desert areas; in this case, the one used for this unique piece was uncovered in the desert of Namibia. A perpetual calendar perpetuates the endless passing of time, this unstoppable force by which all of mankind’s actions are defined. It was only fitting that the brand chose a material that has most likely wandered through space for millions of years before hitting earth to symbolize the etherealness of our lives, a symbol of eternity and a message to live to the fullest, making every minute count.
LAUREATO 2017 SPECIAL EDITION
Estimate: CHF 15,000 – 18,000
An iconic model born in the 1970s, the Laureato has now been revived in the form of an extremely coherent collection presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in January 2017. The formidable success encountered by this reinterpreted line has confirmed the aptness of its design as well as the avant-garde nature of the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture
Based on the natural aura of this inspired and timeless design, as well as its ability to embody values cherished as much by the up-and-coming generation as by this Maison founded in 1791, the company management has chosen to donate a strictly one-of-a-kind version of the Laureato to ONLY WATCH 2017.
Issued as a one-off creation with an on-trend bronze case and chocolate brown alligator leather strap, this supremely sporty and elegant watch embodies the unmistakable brand identity.