Under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and due to the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies, ONLY WATCH is proud to unveil today the names of the 52 watch brands participating in the 8th edition of the biennial charity auction benefiting research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as well as the 50 lots that will be auctioned. This exceptional and unparalleled project supports the battle against a devastating myopathy that affects 1 in 3000 male births on the planet by funding research. It is expected, this year again, to become the most talked-about topic in the watchmaking industry.
“I am grateful to all the watchmaking groups and independent brands participating in this 2019 ONLY WATCH edition demonstrating dedication and heart through their creativity and craftmanship for this year’s auction which promises to be, once again, record-breaking”, says Luc Pettavino.
The 50 unique pieces from 52 participating brands include names like Akrivia, Armin Strom, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, De Bethune, F.P. Journe, Ferdinand Berthoud, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, MB&F, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille and Urwerk amongst others. There are only 50 unique pieces because two of them are collaborations between MB&F and L’Epée and De Bethune and Urwerk respectively.
For the second time Christie’s is the auctioneer of choice on November 9, 2019 when the 50 one-of-a-kind timepieces will be auctioned at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues at 2 pm Geneva time. “Christie’s is looking forward working once more closely with the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies on their 8th edition of ONLY WATCH, under the guidance of Luc Pettavino. On behalf of Christie’s, I would like to extend my sincere Thank You to all involved in making this project a priority and to be present on 9 November in Geneva to compete for one – or more – of the 50 unique and specially made timepieces for ONLY WATCH”, commented Earl of Snowdon, Honorary Chairman Christie’s EMEA.
Ahead of the auction, this unprecedented watch collection will be exhibited to the public from 25 September 2019 to 9 November 2019, in 10 different cities around the world. This world tour will be starting in Monaco, during (and on the site of) the Monaco Yacht Show.
ONLY WATCH auction has raised 40 million Swiss Francs in the previous seven editions and 99% of the proceeds go directly to dedicated research for DMD —Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
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