Luxury with a Heart
Considered the world’s most important charity watch auction, the 7th edition of Only Watch will be held on 11th November 2017 in Geneva under the auspices of Christie’s auction house. Fifty of the world’s finest watch manufacturers have each gifted a unique timepiece specially created for the occasion. Proceeds from this sale will be entirely donated to the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy to help fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease affecting 250,000 children, adolescents and young adults worldwide.
Many of the auction lots include the luxury of Extra Experiences like visits to motor races or meeting celebrities.
Most of the estimates are deliberately low to encourage bidding; it is a charity auction, after all!
You can check out all the watches at the ONLY WATCH [click] website but here are my 6 Favourite timepieces on offer in no particular order…..
Chopard Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 ONLY WATCH 2017
A unique chronometer for the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, signed by Jacky Ickx.
Chopard committed for the 6th time to support the Only Watch charity auction with a piece unique in tribute to the world of motorsports: the Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017. Equipped with a high-frequency movement in honour of an exceptional driver: Jacky Ickx. This timepiece reflects the values shared by Jacky Ickx, Porsche Motorsports and Chopard: a passion for racing, backed by excellence and precision.
The Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017 symbolizes the synergy of Chopard’s watchmaking excellence and the expertise at Porsche Motorsport. Its 45 mm case allows sufficient space for readability, while the use of titanium provides good resistance and light weight – two key attributes vital in the racing world. Its resistance to shocks and scratches makes it an ideal material for timepieces subjected to the stresses and strains of endurance racing. Hour markers on the dial reflect a racing-style design and are swept over by facetted cut-out hands featuring tips enhanced with Super-LumiNova®, thus providing clear read-off by day or night. The seconds hand also carries a slim red tip standing out perfectly against the midnight blue dial.
Jacky Ickx: a big-hearted champion
A champion with a big heart and multi-facetted personality, this well-known figure in motor-racing and great friend of Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has a rich and varied track record. His six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans earned him the nickname “Monsieur Le Mans”. The dial of the Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017 is midnight blue, the legendary colour of his racing helmet, and bears his signature, visible at 6 o’clock along his favourite number 20: the one painted on the Porsche 936, in which, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1976.
A memorable week-end at the Monaco Historique GP 2018, with the presence of Jacky Ickx, is also included for the successful bidder.
Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017
CHF 18,000 – 25,000
€17,000 – 23,000
$19,000 – 26,000
Konstantin Chaykin JOKER Only Watch 2017
This piece unique moonphase watch has a zirconium case, bright red dial ring and grey ‘face’ made of ruthenium and silver. The “eyeballs” roll around displaying the hours and minutes, while the age of the moon is shown by the changing size of red “tongue”
CHF 10,000 – 15,000
€9,000 – 14,000
$11,000 – 16,000
TAG Heuer Luxury Kit “Only Watch 2017” Special Edition
Two watches as a set: including a TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, a mechanical module Heuer-02-T Tourbillon watch and an additional strap. Both watches are made of a titanium Grade 5 case, with the tourbillon being black PVD coated.
CHF 15,000 – 25,000
€14,000 – 23,000
$16,000 – 26,000
Zenith DEFY El Primero 21 ONLY WATCH Edition
New 1/100th of a second Chronograph movement.
Double chain structure with 2 regulators.
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50Hz)
CHF 12,000 – 18,000
€11,000 – 17,000
$13,000 – 19,000
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Unique Piece Only Watch ’17
The timepiece features a traditional manual mono-pusher chronograph movement, the calibre MB M16.29, a bronze case that has been combined for the first time with a vintage graduated green lacquered dial; and a matching green alligator strap – making it truly special.
CHF 28,000 – 35,000
€26,000 – 32,000
$29,000 – 36,000
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch
- Usain Bolt unique piece in sapphire case with iconic victory sign of Usain Bolt, the “Lightning Bolt” is displayed on the small second at 9.00.
- Interchangeable strap system with 2 straps delivered.
- An authentic jersey signed by Usain Bolt is included with the watch
- A meet & greet will be organized between the winner of the bid and the fastest man of the world, Usain Bolt.
CHF 50,000 – 80,000
€46,000 – 73,000
$52,000 – 83,000
When & Where
ONLY WATCH Auction at Christie’s Geneva, under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Saturday 11th November 2017, 14:30H (Geneva Time)
Before the auction, the 50 different and unique watches will travel on a global exhibition so AlphaLuxe readers everywhere can see them up close.
- MONACO, 27-30 September 2017: Monaco Yacht Show
- BANGKOK, 2-3 October 2017: Christie’s, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
- SINGAPORE, 5-6 October 2017: The Hour Glass Malmaison
- DUBAI, 9-11 October 2017: Le Cirque, The Ritz-Carlton
- HONG KONG, 23-24 October 2017: Christie’s, Alexandra House
- TAIPEI, 26-27 October 2017: Christie’s Taiwan
- NEW YORK, 29-30 October 2017: Christie’s New York
- LOS ANGELES, 1-2 November 2017: Westime Sunset
- GENEVA, 9-11 November: Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues
Apart from the sheer luxury of owning a piece unique watch and the Extra Experiences that accompany some lots, there is no price that you can put on fulfilling Responsible Luxury as every dollar goes towards a good cause.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).