ONLY WATCH 2021 – CHARITY AUCTION by CHRISTIE´S
THE ONLY WATCH WORLD TOUR IS ON THE HOME STRETCH TO GENEVA.
THE LAST EXHIBITION OF THE WORLD TOUR WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 4 TO 6 NOVEMBER 2021 AT THE FOUR SEASONS HÔTEL DES BERGUES, GENEVA AND WILL CULMINATE IN THE AUCTION ON 6 NOVEMBER, 2 PM, AT PALEXPO IN GENEVA (AS WELL AS ONLINE – THROUGH CHRISTIE’S LIVE AND SOCIAL MEDIA – AND ON THE PHONE).
This 9TH Edition Promises to continue to set the bar very high with 55 exeptional unique creations donated by some of the most prestigious desirable and exclusive watch Brands.
MONACO, NOVEMBER 2021 – The Only Watch World Tour that began on September 22nd in Monaco is completing its circling of the globe as the Hong Kong exhibition just closed and Geneva appears on the horizon. The 53 lots (55 watches) are now carefully packed for the home stretch, with the finish line being the auction at Palexpo in Geneva on 6 November 2021 at 2pm. Prior to the sale, the remarkable timepieces will be exhibited at Geneva’s Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues (4 to 6 November).
“This 9th edition of Only Watch truly marks a milestone, not just because of the importance the event has gained throughout the global watch community, to the point that we have moved the venue to Palexpo, which offers an ideally modular setting. It is also because the 55 breathtaking creations that will be auctioned with the support of our partner Christie’s once again set the bar very high. I am both humbled and amazed by the fact that Only Watch has become this unifying event for the best of the best in watchmaking, for Grandes Maisons but also for independent watchmakers, and has enabled us to make a true difference on research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy and fund the upcoming clinical trials, set for 2022. Only Watch is a rare illustration of this Mathmata Ghandi quote: « In a gentle way, you can shake the world »,”
says Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy), Founder/Organizer of ONLY WATCH
Aline Sylla-Walbaum, Christie’s Global Managing Director, Luxury Division, says:
‘After the great launch in Monaco, we are thrilled that the Only Watch tour has received so much acclaim in Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong-Kong. Luc Pettavino gave us the impetus with this more than ever necessary project and then, all partners united to make it a success. The response from watches amateurs and the feedback on the timepieces are phenomenal, with many bids already registered while our Geneva viewing, the last of our exhibitions is only set to open on November 4 at the Four Seasons les Bergues. We are looking forward to the grand finale and welcoming the ever growing Only watch community on November 6 at an expanded venue at Palexpo. Seeing intense competition for these unique creations and as many funds as possible raised for research, those affected by the Duchenne Muscular dystrophy and their families will be the accomplishment we all work towards as a team.’
ONLY WATCH – 55 BRANDS AND COLLABORATIONS FOR THE 9TH EDITION OF THE ICONIC CHARITY AUCTION OF UNIQUE TIMEPIECES BENEFITTING RESEARCH ON DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY.
THE ONLY WATCH CHARITY AUCTIONS HAVE SO FAR RAISED 70 MILLION EUROS FOR DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY RESEARCH. CLINICAL TRIALS ARE SET FOR 2022.
Under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and at the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies, ONLY WATCH is happy to present the 55 brands participating in the 9th edition of the biennial charity auction, whose aim is to raise funds for research against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and the 53 lots that will be auctioned.
Speaking of research, creativity and brilliance apply here too. Scientists have been able to dive into the heart of cells in order to accelerate the knowledge of genetic diseases; to highlight and understand the dysfunctions they involve; to initiate the lengthy correction process; and to advance with patience and determination towards therapies thanks to the pioneering techniques they have learned and developed. Today, the Researchers who Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies support have reached the promising stage of preparation for a first clinical trial in 2022, with the reasonable hope of changing the lives of thousands of young people and families.
We have come a long way since the first edition of ONLY WATCH in 2005.
The brands participating in ONLY WATCH 2021 as well as the names of those who have collaborated on these one-off timepieces:
ANDERSEN GENÈVE x EDWARD SEXTON
ARTYA x JOHN MC LAUGHLIN
ATELIER DE CHRONOMETRIE
CARL F. BUCHERER
D.CANDAUX x SATURNO
DE BETHUNE x VOUTILAINEN
F.P.JOURNE x FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
GIRARD-PERREGAUX x BAMFORD WATCH DEPARTMENT
H. MOSER & CIE
MB&F – MONTBLANC
TRILOBE x DANIEL BUREN
ZENITH x FELIPE PANTONE
6 November 2021
PALEXPO – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND