The Only Watch Charity roadshow is in Dubai from October 9-11 and will feature more than 50 of the one-off timepieces offered for the auction by the participating brands. Dubai is the latest city in a roadshow that kicked off in Bangkok on October 2-3 and hit Singapore and Taipei before it got here.
The bi-annual auction, to be conducted by Christie’s Watches this time on November 11 at Geneva, will raise money to fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 2005, more than €25 million has been raised to finance fundamental and applied research in this field.
This year’s show-stoppers include the Patek Philippe 5208T, a triple complication (minute repeater, a monopusher chronograph, and an instantaneous perpetual calendar) in a titanium case with an upper estimate of $1.1 million.
Other highlights include a unique FP Journe monopusher split-seconds chronograph that will never exist in the F.P. Journe collection post the auction. This is easily one of the most talked about watches from this year’s auction and you can read more about it here.
Tudor, the brand that emerged as one of the most talked about watches at the Only Watch Charity Auction in 2015 when the Black Bay One sold for a whopping $375,000 – more than 120 times the pre-sale estimate returns with the Bronze One this year. Tudor offers its flagship model with a winding crown one the left and a khaki green dial. Worn on the right wrist, its ergonomic design is ideal for left-handed people.
Audemars Piguet offers a unique version of its exclusive Royal Perpetual Calendar Ceramic now with a ‘skylight’ blue Grande Tapisserie dial with an estimate $83,000-124,000. The watch that it was based on was one of the most coveted watches at SIHH this year, so keep an eye on how this does at the auction.
Another collector’s favourite is likely to be the WOSTEP School Watch W-01 N° 010, a unique commemorative timepiece from the WOSTEP Watchmaking School in Switzerland. This is a collaboration of 16 WOSTEP alumni who have all have signed this unique timepiece. The horological luminaries include Stephen Forsey, Bart Grönfeld, Tim Grönefeld, Marco Koskinen, Stewart Lesemann, Marko Makinen, Stephen McDonnell, John McGonigle, Maarten Pieters, Clas-Hendrik Pihl, Jouni Polanen, Mika Saikku, Stepan Sarpaneva, Peter Speake-Marin, Kari Voutilainen and Simo Ylitalo.
In addition to the timepiece, brands are also offering experiences like guided tours of their manufacture and in some cases a chance to meet celebrities like Usain Bolt. The watches are being exhibited from 9am to 7pm from October 9-11 at Le Cirque, The Ritz Carlton-DIFC.