Top Brands Support MD Charity Auction

Thirty-five of the world’s leading watch brands each donated a unique watch or the first in a limited series to the Only Watch 2007 auction in Monaco on Sept. 20. The auction was conducted by Antiquorum auctioneers, under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Proceeds benefited research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscular disease affecting one in 3,500 boys.

One watch was codesigned by an 11-year-old boy affected by the disease (donated by Louis Vuitton), and others were codesigned by famous personalities, including designer Philippe Starck (donated by Richard Mille). Among the special features on other watches were a reproduction of Prince Albert’s fingerprint in diamonds (Piaget), a painting of Monaco Palace on a Meissen porcelain dial (Glashütte Original), and the Monegasque coat of arms (Franck Muller). A one-of-a-kind timepiece donated by DeWitt will be available to its buyer in 2008.