The sixth edition of the biennial Only Watch charity auction took place on November 7th at Geneva’s La Réserve, with 44 one-of-a-kind timepieces, sold under the hammer of watch expert Aurel Bacs, Co-Founder of Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo, raising an astounding 11.2 million Swiss francs ($11.2 million) for the cause of battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The highlight of Only Watch 2015 was a unique Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 Grande Complication (below) that sold for 7.3 million Swiss francs ($7.26 million), setting a new record for the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch at auction.
Another standout was the Tudor Black Bay One, below (which we covered here), fetching a final price of 375,000 Swiss francs, more than 100 times its pre-auction estimate. In all, more than 300 bidders were in attendance, with numerous others bidding online and by phone. Full results can be found on the Phillips Auctions website.
The participating watch brands included Armin Strom, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, De Bethune, De Grisogono, DeWitt, F.P. Journe, Frédérique Constant, Girard-Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jacob & Co, Jaquet Droz, Leroy, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Rebellion, Richard Mille, Speake Marin, Thomas Mercer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Voutilainen, Vulcain, and Zenith.