ONLY WATCH 2021 RAISES CHF 30 MILLION (EUR 28.5milion, USD 32.1million) FOR RESEARCH ON DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE OF 850 WATCH ENTHUSIASTS.
25 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING.
53 ONE-OFF CREATIONS BY 54 OF THE WORLD’S LEADING WATCH BRANDS SET THE PULSE OF THE GLOBAL WATCH COLLECTOR COMMUNITY RACING – TO BENEFIT RESEARCH AGAINST DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY.
ALL IN ALL, IN 9 EDITIONS, ONLY WATCH HAS RAISED MORE THAN CHF 100 MILLION / 95 MILLION EUR / USD 110 MILLION FOR RESEARCH.
THE AUCTION ON 6 NOVEMBER AT PALEXPO IN GENEVA EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS ONCE AGAIN, BRINGING TOGETHER THE BEST OF THE BEST IN WATCHMAKING AND THE WORLD COMMUNITY OF WATCH COLLECTORS AND AFICIONADOS TO ACHIEVE A FANTASTIC RESULT FOR THE ONLY WATCH CHARITY: CHF 30 MILLION.
5 TIMEPIECES CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR ONLY WATCH 2021 PASSED THE ONE MILLION BARRIER (PATEK PHILIPPE – CHF9.5MILLION, F.P.JOURNE – CHF4.5MILLION, AUDEMARS PIGUET – CHF 3.1MILLION, RICHARD MILLE – CHF2.1MILLION, AND DE BETHUNE X KARI VOUTILAINEN – CHF1.3MILLION).
THIS 9TH EDITION OF ONLY WATCH MORE THAN KEPT ITS PROMISE OF SETTING THE BAR HIGHER: 53 ONE-OFF CREATIONS DONATED BY SOME OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS, DESIRABLE AND EXCLUSIVE BRANDS WATCHES PARTICIPATING TO THE ONLY WATCH 2021 COLLECTION.
THE ONLY WATCH CHARITY AUCTIONS HAVE NOW RAISED A TOTAL OF MORE THAN CHF 100 MILLION FOR DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY RESEARCH. CLINICAL TRIALS ARE ON TRACK FOR 2022.
PALEXPO-GENEVA, Saturday, 6 November 2021 – With this 9th Edition, Only Watch has reached another level. as the world emerges in the post-pandemic era, it is both humbling and gratifying to see how Only Watch’s message of hope, determination and confidence in the future has again resonated so strongly both with the community of watchmakers who contributed such masterpieces and the community of watch aficionados and generous donators who participated from around the world,” says Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy) and Founder/Organizer of ONLY WATCH.
As the last and final stop of the Only Watch World Tour which started in Monaco and from there took the 53 creations by 54 select watchmaking brands to Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, it is only fitting that Geneva, the cradle of watchmaking, be the setting for the grand Finale.
Only Watch 2021 was held for the first time at PALEXPO GENEVA with 850 people in attendance, in response to the increasingly pressing need for a venue capable of accommodating an ever-larger public as well as media representatives from around the world.
3.30 hours of suspense, surprise and joy.
With Christie’s conducting the auction, Only Watch 2021 will also be one for annals, just like the eight editions before it. As large as it was, the room was filled with international supporters, collectors, philanthropists, watchmaking manufacturer representatives, scientists and press speaking all the languages of the world originating from 25 countries participating, and over 100 media professionals there too, to report on the event.
It was thus in an atmosphere of shared values and a shared purpose, but also of keen anticipation that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco declared open the 9th Edition of Only Watch, adding “We don’t often take the time to reflect on the progress that’s been made. But today, we should: we’ve come a long way. We are at the dawn of a clinical trial of a therapeutic solution that’s been elaborated thanks to ONLY WATCH funding. In the very near future, 12 boys and young men will be given a drug which researchers believe will alleviate the disease. To you all, Only Watch community… you have my gratitude.”
The auction quickly gained momentum as, one by one, the 53 one-off horological creations designed especially for this 9th Edition of Only Watch came up for auction and found a happy owner – sometimes after quite spectacular bidding volleys. See below for the link to the final sale price achieved by each lot.
Only Watch 2021 total of CHF 30m/EUR 28.5m/USD 32.1m brings total raised so far for research to over EUR 100m/ USD / CHF
“This is more than a dream come true and such a strong positive signal. For the participating watchmakers who see their creations recognized and their efforts rewarded. For the lucky buyers who now own a timepiece that is not only unique but also makes them a part of history. And for the hundreds of thousands of patients and their families who are touched by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as well as for the the researchers who are coming ever closer to finding the solution,” says Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy) and Founder/Organizer of ONLY WATCH.
“We are thankful and thrilled to be able to contribute to Only Watch. Everything about this event is truly unique, from each timepiece especially developed and crafted for the occasion, including truly amazing timepieces by independent watchmakers, to the universal resonance of an event that engages the entire spectrum of a truly global community, and the single-minded – and contagious! – confidence and determination of one individual to take up such a worthwhile cause,” commented Aline Sylla-Walbaum, Christie’s Global Managing Director, Luxury Division.
All of us at ONLY WATCH express our heartfelt thanks to Christie’s for contributing their expertise and resources towards the success of ONLY WATCH, to Ferrari Expeditions for taking charge of all the complex logistics involved, to our many partners and to the international media for putting the fight against muscular dystrophy center stage. Here are the brands participating in ONLY WATCH 2021 as well as the names of those who have collaborated on these one-off timepieces:
AKRIVIA – ANDERSEN GENÈVE x EDWARD SEXTON – ARMIN STROM – ARTYA x JOHN MC LAUGHLIN – ATELIER DE CHRONOMETRIE – AUDEMARS PIGUET – BALTIC – BELL&ROSS – BLANCPAIN – BOUCHERON – BOVET 1822 – BREGUET – BULGARI – CARL F. BUCHERER – CHANEL – CHARLES GIRARDIER – CHOPARD – CYRUS GENÈVE – CZAPEK GENÈVE – D.CANDAUX x SATURNO – DE BETHUNE x VOUTILAINEN – F.P.JOURNE x FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA – FABERGE – FREDERIQUE CONSTANT – GIRARD-PERREGAUX x BAMFORD WATCH DEPARTMENT – H. MOSER & CIE – HERMÈS – HUBLOT – JACOB&CO – JAQUET DROZ- KONSTANTIN CHAYKIN – KRAYON – LAURENT FERRIER – LOUIS MOINET – LOUIS VUITTON – LUDOVIC BALLOUARD – MAURICE LACROIX – MB&F – MONTBLANC – MORITZ GROSSMANN – PATEK PHILIPPE – PERRELET – REBELLION TIMEPIECES – RESERVOIR – RICHARD MILLE – ROMAIN GAUTHIER – SPEAKE-MARIN – TAG HEUER – TRILOBE x DANIEL BUREN – TUDOR – ULYSSE NARDIN – URWERK – ZENITH x FELIPE PANTONE
For visuals and descriptions of the ONLY WATCH 2021 collection: onlywatch.com.
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Lot 01 AKRIVIA CHF 800,000
Lot 02 ANDERSEN CHF 100,000
Lot 03 ARMIN STROM CHF 38,000
Lot 04 ARTYA CHF 55,000
Lot 05 ATELIER DE CHRONOMETRIE CHF 95,000
Lot 06 AUDEMARS PIGUET CHF 3,100,000
Lot 07 BALTIC CHF 50,000
Lot 08 BELL & ROSS CHF 220,000
Lot 09 BLANCPAIN CHF 130,000
Lot 10 BOUCHERON CHF 75,000
Lot 11 BOVET CHF 180,000
Lot 12 BREGUET CHF 250,000
Lot 13 BVLGARI CHF220,000
Lot 14 CARL F. BUCHERER CHF 90,000
Lot 15 CHANEL CHF 280,000
Lot 16 CHARLES GIRARDIER CHF 85,000
Lot 17 CHOPARD CHF 80,000
Lot 18 CYRUS CHF 50,000
Lot 19 CZAPEK CHF 240,000
Lot 20 D. CANDAUX x SATURNO CHF 150,000
Lot 21 DE BETHUNE x VOUTILAINEN CHF 1,300,000
Lot 22 F.P. JOURNE CHF 4,500,000
Lot 23 FABERGE CHF 60,000
Lot 24 FREDERIQUE CONSTANT CHF 24,000
Lot 25 GIRARD-PERREGAUX CHF 80,000
Lot 26 H. Moser & CIE CHF 750,000
Lot 27 HERMES CHF 90,000
Lot 28 HUBLOT CHF 320,000
Lot 29 JACOB & CO CHF 40,000
Lot 30 JAQUET DROZ CHF 200,000
Lot 31 KONSTANTIN CHAYKIN CHF 290,000
Lot 32 KRAYON CHF 320,000
Lot 33 LAURENT FERRIER CHF 160,000
Lot 34 LOUIS MOINET CHF 80,000
Lot 35 LOUIS VUITTON CHF 220,000
Lot 36 LUDOVIC BALLOUARD CHF 140,000
Lot 37 MAURICE LACROIX CHF 30,000
Lot 38 MB&F CHF 620,000
Lot 39 MONTBLANC CHF 75,0000
Lot 40 MORITZ GROSSMANN CHF 120,000
Lot 41 PATEK PHILIPPE CHF 9,500,000
Lot 42 PERRELET CHF 26,000
Lot 43 REBELLION CHF 55,000
Lot 44 RESERVOIR CHF 32,000
Lot 45 RICHARD MILLE CHF 2,100,000
Lot 46 ROMAIN GAUTHIER CHF 100,0000
Lot 47 SPEAKE-MARIN CHF 60,000
Lot 48 TAG HEUER CHF 290,000
Lot 49 TRILOBE x DANIEL BURREN CHF 100,000
Lot 50 TUDOR CHF 650,000
Lot 51 ULYSSE NARDIN CHF 380,000
Lot 52 URWERK CHF 280,000
LOT 53 ZENITH CHF 480,000