For the second time since its first edition in 2005, the world renowned biennial charity auction Only Watch will be staging in Geneva.
On 11 November, this exceptional fundraising for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be opening the autumn Geneva watch auction week, in presence of hundreds of connoisseurs, donators and collectors who will undoubtedly engage in strong bidding competition for the unique timepieces especially made by the finest watchmakers for Only Watch.
For the 2017 edition of Only Watch, it has been proposed, whenever possible and according to the brand’s culture and desire, to combine the timepiece with a unique experience with either a brand ambassador (athletics champion, car racing driver…) or an exceptional event (film festival, fashion show…).
Since 2005, the uniqueness of a project such as Only Watch underlines how great brands from luxury groups or independent craftsmen have achieved to unite in the pursuit of a common goal: financing research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
This synergy, under the patronage and support of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, driven by the enthusiasm shown by individuals within the brands and partners, shows a deep wish to help this noble cause. In six editions, Only Watch has raised more than 25 million euros for Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monaco Association against Duchenne muscular dystrophy) helping make significant advances in research over a decade.
The 49 one-off models of the 2017 Only Watch collection will tour around the globe during one and a half months, starting on 27 September in Monaco.
The Monaco Yacht Show will launch the journey by exhibiting the watches from 27 to 30 September within the show venue. The collection will then be flown to Bangkok (02-03 October/Christie’s), Singapore (05-06 October/The Hour Glass), Dubai (October 09-11/Christie’s & Seddiqi), Hong Kong (23-24 October/Christie’s), Taipei (26-27 October/Christie’s), New-York (October 29-30/Christie’s), Los Angeles (1-2 November/Westime), and finally Geneva (9-11 November/Christie’s).
Participating brands: Andersen Genève, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Audemars Piguet, Barbier Mueller, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, De Bethune, Dewitt, F.P. Journe, Fabergé, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hautlence, Hermès, Hublot, Jacob & Co, Konstantin Chaykin, Laurent Ferrier, Jaquet Droz, Louis Moinet, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, MCT, Montblanc, Moritz Grossmann, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rebellion, Ressence, Speake Marin, Tag Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Voutilainen, Zenith. Special Projects: (Agenhor x Head/Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design – Genève), Wostep (Ecole Horlogère – Neuchâtel).
Now, it’s available in a more affordable stainless steel case and the model is known as the Mirrored Force Resonance Water. Armin Strom Gumball Watch Replica has a custom of releasing different versions of a watch themed on elements like fire, water, earth, and atmosphere. More to the point, I think this new model looks even better.Apart in the stainless steel instance, the case dimensions and layout have been left unchanged. The brand new Mirrored Force Resonance in steel steps 43.4mm wide and is about 13mm thick. The instance is characterized by its thick lugs and muscle. And like most Armin Strom watches, there is a little lip at 6 o’clock in between the lugs that allows owners to engrave their initials if they’d want to do so.There’s a pusher at 2 o’clock that instantly zero-resets the two seconds hands. This is a pretty cool feature because if resonance is indeed in effect, then the two seconds hands must beat in unison.Aside in the case material, the largest changes to this watch are on the dial. In place of black dials with rose gold published numerals are white ones with the numerals printed in blue, hence the title Mirrored Force Resonance Water. Anyhow, it is a great colour combination and gives the watch a modern and refreshing look.The remainder of the dial remains unchanged, which means a whole lot of the movement can be seen. However, the highlight has got to be the double equilibrium springs on the left side of the dial, which are flanked by two subsidiary minutes dials with cool-looking triple-spoke minutes hands.