Thirty five of the world’s leading watch brands will each donate a unique watch or the first in a limited series for the “Only Watch 2007” auction, at the Monaco Yacht Show, on Sept. 20. The auction will be conducted by Antiquorum, under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Proceeds will benefit research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease that affects one out of every 3,500 boys born.
The first Only Watch auction occured in September 2005, and raised about $2.6 millio to find a cure for the disease.
In addition to technical innovations and unusual materials, the unique or unusual watches being offered include one co-designed by an eleven year-old boy affected by the disease (Louis Vuitton); a reproduction of Prince Albert’s fingerprint entirely set in diamonds (Piaget); a painting of the Monaco Palace on a Meissen porcelain dial (Glasshütte Original); the Monegasque coat of arms (Franck Muller); those co-designed by famous personalities, like designer Philippe Starck (Richard Mille), and a special one-of-a-kind timepiece (DeWitt) only available to its buyer in 2008.
The catalogue for the Only Watch auction will be available on the Antiquorm Web site starting July 23.