The Only Watch Charity roadshow is in Dubai from October 1-3 and will feature close to 50 unique timepieces offered for the auction by the participating brands. Dubai is the second port of call after Monaco and the exhibition will travel to eight more cities before the auction in Geneva on November 9 this year.
The bi-annual auction, to be conducted by Christie’s Watches again, will raise money to fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 2005, more than $40 million has been raised to finance fundamental and applied research in this field.
The premise of the charity auction is simple — leading brands donate a one-off timepiece to the auction. The Only Watch 2017 charity raised $10.2 million (CHF10,822,580) with Patek Philippe pulling in more than half of the total sale with its Ref. 5208T selling for $6.2 million.
This year 50 unique pieces from leading brands are up for grabs including a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 in stainless steel. With a pre-sale estimate of $250,000-300,000, this Patek features two watches faces and the fringe benefits to the buyer will include a visit to the manufacture, museum, and a lunch with the brand president, Thierry Stern.
F.P. Journe unveiled its most complicated watch yet with the Astronomic Blue, which has a staggering 18 complications. The indie watchmaker presented a unique monopusher split-seconds chronograph in 2017 which sold for CHF1.1 million and this year it has predictably presented another stunner. Like the monopusher, the Astronomic Blue was also built ground-up exclusively for this event. It has a pre-sale estimate of $300,000-600,000.
Tudor will present the Black Bay Ceramic One, the first Black Bay model in this case material. The Swiss brand often punches above its weight at these auctions. The Black Bay Bronze One from 2017 sold for $350,000, nearly 90 times its pre-sale estimate of $4,500. The Ceramic One has a pre-sale estimate of $4,500-$5,500.
Akrivia make their Only Watch Debut with the Chronomètre Contemporain, based on their GPHG-winning model from last year. The classically-styled timepiece, one of the hottest in the world of indie watchmaking right now, has a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-60,000.
Another highlight of this year’s auction is a one-off collaboration between two daring indie brands Urwerk and De Bethune. They have worked together to create a one-off timepiece called the Satellite Moon, a watch that has instantly recognizable design codes of both these companies.
Organized by the Monegasque Association, this is the eight edition of the auction. The first edition of the charity auction featured 33 watches. This year’s timepieces (expect for the MB&F L’Epee clock which is too fragile to hit the road) are being exhibited at Christie’s Dubai, DIFC, between October 1 and 3 in association with UAE retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.