New Delhi (IANSlife) Only Watch features 62 lots of the upcoming 10th edition of its biennial charity auction of unique watches to take place on November 5, 2023, in Geneva under the hammer of Christie’s at PALEXPO. For the 4th time the auction house has been selected as partner of choice and is delighted to support Only Watch once more.
As per previous editions and since 2005, the event will be held under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. All auction proceeds will benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and genetic diseases
This anniversary edition celebrates Only Watch’s bright and colorful story by including all colors of previous editions in its visual identity, and adding the color green, an emblem of hope, as a new component.
On the research side, doctoral and post-doctoral grants for young researchers have taken a central dimension in the charity’s projects, and on the watches side, the 2023 selection features iconic loyal brands and several young brilliant watchmaking talents collaborating to bring an innovative fresh touch to the offering.
Auction to take place in Geneva and digitally on November 5, 2023.
The one-of-a-kind timekeepers are the result of the generous, committed and creative work of 73 watchmakers/brands, featuring 16 collaborations (between watchmakers or with artists and legendary brands), and resulting in an auction of 62 lots.
After the world tour (see details below), all watches will be auctioned by Christie’s Geneva on Sunday November 5, starting at 2pm (CET) at PALEXPO, the auction can also be followed online via christies.com and bids can be additionally placed over phone (please liaise with Christie’s). No buyer’s premium or commissions are applicable for the Only Watch charity sale, as in previous editions.
The genesis and purpose: raising funds for research on DMD and genetic diseases.
Only Watch was launched in 2005 by Luc Pettavino in collaboration with the watch industry to advance research in the field of therapeutic solutions for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (a genetic disease that affects 1 boy in 3,500), following Paul’s (Luc’s son) diagnosis.
The Monaco-based charity benefiting from the Only Watch auctions, the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, has been active internationally since 2001 in accelerating research. Its actions, all regrouped under the name the “Only Project” are focused on:
organizing key conversations (roundtables, collaborative and research programs) for researchers from around the world to share knowledge and accelerate breakthroughs;
financially supporting dozens of research projects with the goal of reaching and refining therapeutic outcome for DMD.
Thanks to the generosity of watchmakers, collectors and partners, in recent years, the funds raised by Only Watch have allowed for a significant breakthrough in the quest for a cure. On top of grants and fellowships given out by the charity to researchers within public institutions (hospitals and universities), one of the main projects supported is a biotech operated by a consortium of parents and researchers that is currently launching a phase 1 clinical trial for a drug it has developed. The technology aims to treat patients affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and could be transposed and adapted for other genetic diseases. The first step in a whole new chapter of a 20+ year collaborative success story.
World tour locations and dates
In the weeks preceding the auction, the watches will be presented to the public, media, and horological enthusiasts, during a promotional tour that will start on September 6, 2023, in Los Angeles, and will end on November 5, 2023, in Geneva.
Tour stops hosted by ONLY WATCH and Christie’s
Los Angeles September 6-9 Christie’s
New York September 14-17 Christie’s
Hong Kong October 5-6 Christie’s
Bangkok October 11-12 Christie’s
Geneva November 3-5 Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues
Tour stops hosted by ONLY WATCH and Other Partners
Monaco September 27-30 Monaco Yacht Show
Singapore October 20-22 Malmaison by The Hour Glass
Dubai October 27 Seddiqi at the Musem of the Future