Richard Mille Donates Rafael Nadal RM 027 to Only Watch Charity Auction


On September 22, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will preside over the fourth Only Watch auction of exceptional watches. The proceeds of this event, organized by Antiquorum Auctioneers, will be used to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. To support this worthy cause, Richard Mille has contributed a unique and symbolic watch to be offered during this charity auction. … [Read more...]

Only Watch – Monaco

Only Watch is an auction of unique timepieces created by leading manufacturers to raise funds for for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a childhood disease. The auction is held in Monaco during the annual yacht show. … [Read more...]

Ronnie Wood, Armin Strom, and Virgin Racing Team Up


Armin Strom, Official Timing Partner of the Virgin Racing Formula One Team, has announced that it will participate in an art project with the Ronnie Wood. Best known as a Rolling Stone, Ronnie is also an artist, and during 2011 he will paint a Virgin Racing Formula 1 car, an Armin Strom watch, and a Virgin Racing driver’s helmet. The Armin Strom “Art Watch” will be auctioned at the 2011 Only Watch exhibition and sale in Monaco. … [Read more...]

Confrérie Horlogère La Clef du Temps Tourbillon


If you ever wished time could pass more quickly, or more slowly, now it can, at least on your wrist. The Clef du Temps Tourbillon is the brainchild of Mathias Buttet, founder of Confrérie Horlogère. The timepiece incorporates a mechanism that allows the owner to modulate the speed of time or, more precisely, to control the running speed of the hours, minutes and seconds displayed by the watch. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Creates Special Quai de l’Ile to Benefit Charity


Following the Only Watch 2009 auction, Vacheron Constantin announced that it is creating a special series of 100 numbered Quai de l’Ile timepieces that will enable the company to donate an additional SFr.100,000 to the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy. The limited edition pieces will feature cases made from tantalum and in palladium, and the watches will be equipped with mechanical self-winding caliber 2460 movements bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. … [Read more...]

Only Watch Raises €2,285,500 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


The Only Watch auction held September 24 raised €2,285,500 (slightly under $3,350,000) for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a childhood disease. In all, Patrizzi & Co. auctioned 34 exceptional timepieces at the event, which took place during the Monaco Yacht Show. A unique Patek Philippe ref. 5160 brought the top bid of €535,000.00 or more than $780,000. … [Read more...]

Unique Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical for Only Watch


Cabestan founder Jean-François Ruchonnet teams up with friend and five-time world champion rally driver Sébastien Loeb to present a unique Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical for Only Watch. The back of the watch features Loeb's signature with an engraving of the legendary Formula 1 circuit in Monaco. The Cabestan has a vertically oriented tourbillon and fussee with chain movement with 1352 components. The watches are produced at a small manufacture with six highly skilled watchmakers in … [Read more...]

Blancpain 500 Fathoms No. 1/1 for Only Watch


For Only Watch 2009, Blancpain has created the unique 500 Fathoms Only Watch No. 1/1. The 48mm diameter 500 Fathoms is water-resistant to 1000 meters. An automatic decompression valve housed inside the brushed titanium case guarantees the watch’s security and reliability. The unique anthracite gray dial sports a carbon fiber center. A tinted blue sapphire ring provides a transparent view of the date disc rotating beneath a window at 6 o’clock. … [Read more...]

Only Watch Preview at Tourneau NY September 10-12


Watch collectors and aficionados will have an opportunity to preview the 34 one-of-a-kind timepieces being offered at Only Watch 2009 during an exhibition at the Tourneau Time Machine in New York September 10-12. Only Watch is a biannual auction held during the Monaco Yacht Show under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II. The world's leading watch brands donate unique and first-in-a-series "Only Watches", and the timepieces are auctioned by Patrizzi & Co. with all proceeds going to support … [Read more...]

Corum Ti-Bridge for Only Watch


Corum has created a unique version of the Ti-Bridge watch for Only Watch 2009. The new and exclusive movement is designed, developed and assembled in-house. The CO 007 movement is clearly inspired by the Golden Bridge caliber, but the overall style of the timepiece gives the original concept a new and contemporary twist. … [Read more...]

For Only Watch, Piaget Celebrates Man on the Moon


For Only Watch 2009, Piaget presents a unique example of their Emperador Coussin Large Moon. This model, introduced this year, houses Caliber 860P, a self-winding movement designed, developed and produced by Piaget. Within the 46.5mm 18k pink gold (5N) case, the oversize 12mm diameter moon phase display immediately attracts your eye, and if you look closely at this Only Watch, you'll see what makes it unique... … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Heart Beat Trilogy for Only Watch ’09


Frédérique Constant's contribution to Only Watch 2009 is the Heart Beat Trilogy, assembled for the first time in a single, luxurious box that includes a choice of different bracelets. This very feminine Heart Beat Trilogy set is designed by women for women. … [Read more...]

The Jaquet Droz Only Watch ’09


The Jaquet Droz Only Watch '09, a unique Grande Seconde, combines a Grand Feu enamelled dial created using an 18th century technique with a case made of 21st century “high tech” ceramic. This unique timepiece proudly displays a rare red dial - red being the color of Monaco, the home of Only Watch. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 No. 1 for Only Watch


In 2004, TAG Heuer created the revolutionary Monaco V4 Concept Watch. Inspired by the brand’s motor racing heritage (the watch’s name comes from the racing-engine-like V-formation of the movement’s four barrels), the V4 uses ball bearings and is belt-driven – a totally new type of watch movement. The Monaco V4 is the first mechanical watch movement to replace traditional pinions with driving belts. The pinions of the traditional mechanical movement have been replaced with a relay of five … [Read more...]

Breguet Travel Clock No. 1 for Only Watch


Breguet built the first modern travel clock in 1796. He equipped it with a balance spring, successfully replacing the pendulum balance that was unfit for travel. Glass-covered on four sides and small in size, this clock bore the number 178. In April 1798, General Bonaparte purchased it to take with him on his Egyptian campaign. … [Read more...]

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne One for Only Watch


The Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument started with a simple idea: turn a cockpit instrument panel clock into a wristwatch. Now available in a number of versions and materials, the BR 01 Instrument watch has become popular with collectors. For Only Watch 2009, Bell & Ross has created a unique version of the new Airborne Talisman watch called the BR 01 Airborne One. … [Read more...]

Unique Patek Philippe Ref. 5106 for Only Watch


For Only Watch 2009, Patek Philippe has created a unique Ref. 5106 by adding a date display and other special features to the Celestial Ref. 5102. This one-of-a-kind piece is crafted in rose gold with a special guilloché pattern on the 22k rose gold bezel. The soft 22k gold allowed the unique guilloché pattern to be applied with a special hand tool created just for this watch. … [Read more...]

Franc Vila’s Unique Piece for Only Watch


Franc Vila unveils his unique piece for the Only Watch auction: the first fully black watch in the "Cobra" collection. Cobra timepieces are created for aficionados of extreme sports. Built to withstand dives to 300 meters, the Cobra line was conceived for intense water activities. The automatic movement provides chronograph and big date functions. … [Read more...]

Buzz Aldrin Celebrates Moon Landing With Omega


On June 3, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first moon walk at the Omega flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to set foot on the moon when they made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk on July 20, 1969. The Omega Speedmaster was the first and only watch worn on the moon. To mark the anniversary, Omega has launched the Speedmaster Apollo 11 Moonwatch, a limited edition timepiece … [Read more...]