Only Watch auction sixth edition sets new records
This sixth edition will be the first time the sale takes place outside Monaco, moving instead to Geneva on November 7th, and also the first time in its history that the lots will come under the hammer of Aurel Bacs, in association with Phillips auction house.
Held every two years since 2005 by Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies and the Monaco Yacht Show the 2015 gathers 44 brands that have donated a watch to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that affects boys at birth.
Some of the one-off pieces at the 2015 Only Watch auction include:
Patek Philippe: Reference 5016 combines collectors’ three most sought-after complications: a Tourbillon a minute repeater and a perpetual calendar. And to make it unique, this is the first and only version in steel; Vacheron Constantin: Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées, an 18k gold open-work watch - hour markers are roman numerals inspired by the big wall clocks that were used in railway stations, in the 19th century; Breguet: Type XXI 3813 pilot watch, a flyback chronograph with central minutes counter, in its first ever platinum guise; Carl F. Bucherer: white gold for Manero Chrono Perpetual; Girard-Perregaux: DLC titanium for its Vintage 1945; Perrelet has swapped the blades on its Turbine for a gold-tipped black sheriff’s star; Bell & Ross: patinated BR 01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon.
A one-off timepiece can also resemble a work of art, which is the road taken by Chopard and by Hublot, whose watches are respectively signed by brand ambassador and champion racing driver Mark Webber, and by Brazilian artist Romero Britto.
The only prototype to come under the hammer, the RM 27-02 by Richard Mille is the actual watch worn by Rafael Nadal during matches at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2015. This ultra-lightweight model in NTPT carbon and TPT quartz withstands shocks up to 5,000G, and should appeal to wealthy tennis fans.