Coming up this Saturday, Nov. 9, the biennial Only Watch charity auction will be taking place in Geneva. The event, which focuses on the sale of exceptional timepieces, raises money to support AMM, the Monaco-based association for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
As of today, the 50 featured timepieces are currently on preview at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues Geneva. It’s the culmination of a world tour that started in September at the Monaco Yacht Show and then traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Paris; London; New York; Tokyo; Singapore; Hong Kong; and Taipei, Taiwan.
Among the showcased rarities is the one-of-a-kind Escale Spin Time Only Watch 2019 from the house of Louis Vuitton.
Its defining characteristic is the design of its dial, which is inspired by tattoo art. It features a white gold plaque detailed with black, turquoise, and transparent grand feu champlevé enameling and hand-painted artwork depicting a red rose among green leaves and tendrils.
An 18k white gold hand extends from the rose’s stem, with jagged edges to suggest thorns and painted red to match the petals. Rubies and diamonds frame and encircle the design, while the hours are denoted by rotating cylinders, each paved in diamonds.
The rest of the watch is also pure luxury: The bezel, lugs, and 41 mm case crown are adorned in diamonds set in titanium and white gold, and the watch comes with four alligator straps (black, red, green, and white) fitted with an 18k white gold ardillon buckle set with diamonds.
And the cherry on top: The watch is presented in a custom LV monogram watch case—more of a trunk in miniature—that’s also hand-painted, recalling the floral pattern of the dial.
Head is definitely spinning over this one. Wheeeeee!
Top: You can bid on the the Escale Spin Time Only Watch 2019 starting at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues Geneva, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. There is no buyer’s premium, and you can see and bid on all the lots online at Christie’s Geneva.
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