Since its inception in 2005, Only Watch has become the premier international watchmaking charity event, raising funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that cruelly strikes down children and young adults. Watchmakers donate strictly one-off pieces, or the rst piece in a series, for auction at the biennial event, which takes place in Geneva on November 11. The 49 timepieces donated for this year’s auction represent a cross- section of the industry’s style and innovation, and I believe the following eight examples will garner the keenest bidding. The buyers will be helping make the world a better place as they add remarkable timepieces to their collections. Christie’s will be conducting the auction for the first time, and prior to the event will be bringing the watches to key Asian cities for viewing. Stops include Bangkok, Singapore, and Taipei.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

 Based on the Royal Oak launched by Audemars Piguet at this year’s SIHH, the Only Watch version has a beautiful blue Mega Tapisserie dial to complement the highly finished ceramic case and bracelet. It also features a ceramic case back not found on the original model.

Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC

 This was one of the most popular releases at Baselworld this year. With it, Blancpain sets a fine example of doing tribute watches right.

FP Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante

The unique execution of the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante’s case and dial makes it absolutely captivating and a standout for the auction. 

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph “If Life Gives you Lemons”

The Visionnaire Chronograph houses a new and revolutionary movement from Agenhor. Its innovative way of telling the time and incorporating a chronograph has won the respect of industry veterans and enthusiasts alike.

Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

A playful mechanism in this timepiece marks an event within a 12-hour period and provides a visual countdown from 60 minutes, alerting the wearer with the sweet chimes of an internal alarm.

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter

This watch houses a mighty Minerva movement in the It material of the moment: bronze. The industrial-grade alloy is matched with a mesmerising green dial that recalls absinthe.

Patek Philippe Reference 5208T-010

Anything from Patek Philippe generates interest and buzz among collectors and industry experts. Combining a material the storied brand rarely uses, titanium, with a beautifully executed hand-guilloched carbon-fibre dial, this piece is set to break auction records.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze One

 From the brand that can do no wrong at the moment. If the version of this watch donated to Only Watch 2015 was any indication—it sold for 375,000 Swiss francs (more than HK$3 million), 120 times the list price—this one will generate feverish bidding.

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Tags: Charity, Luxury Watches, Only Watch 2017, Auction