• The Only Watch Charity Auction in aid of research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

  • 49 unique timepieces from some of the world’s most important watchmakers

  • Each piece is a unique, one-off collector’s dream

  • Find your favourite ahead of the November 11th sale

The word ‘unique’ is used far too often. Just numbering a watch for example is enough for some people to call it a one-off, a unique piece. Hell, sometimes just the individual patina on silver or bronze is enough. No so for the Only Watch auction.

If you’ve not come across Only Watch before let me be the first to welcome you to one of the most exciting horological auctions in the world. Held annually in aid of research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the auction brings together some of the most important names in the watchmaking world for a sale like no other.

This year a grand total of 49 timekeepers have been brought together totalling the biggest number in the auction’s history. Each has announced just a single creation, a watch that can accurately and unequivocally be called unique.

These aren’t just any watchmakers. Not all that many have the resources to create a watch worthy of the auction of course, but equally the standards of the sale are high enough to rule out all but the best. Oh and by best we mean the likes of Piaget, Audemars Piguet and the mighty Patek Philippe.

The latter is particularly interesting if only because the maison of monsieur’s Patek & Philippe is the invariable headliner. A couple years back they broke all records with a grand complication in steel simply because it was in steel. Now imagine how this year’s will go: not only is it in titanium – even rarer amongst Pateks – but it also has a unique dial.

For those not wanting to drop millions on a Patek however there are plenty of other pieces to catch the eye. F.P.Journe have pulled all the stops out and not merely given a normal watch a unique spin, they’ve created an entirely new case and dial for the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante that will never be repeated. It also happens to have a pretty nifty split-seconds chronograph.

I could quite easily rattle off a few more exceptional timepieces from the collection but then you’d be reading all day. Suffice it to say that there’s never been an auction like it – even last year’s doesn’t quite compare. Some even come with more than the watch; trips to manufactures, hosting at events, Jacob & Co’s offering even comes with a place at the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation’s annual gala dinner.

Regardless of which timepiece catches your eye, the bidding is sure to be fierce. The estimates tend to be low for what these pieces are. Don’t let that put you off though. If you need any incentive to go that extra mile – or bank transfer if the case calls for it – it should be that all the proceeds are going to help research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Regardless of your reasons, charity, speculation or the longing for a watch that nobody in the world will ever have bar yourself, the Only Watch Charity Auction is not to be missed. To pick your favourites out before the November 11th sale in Monaco, you can find the full list of lots along with their estimates here.

Happy bidding!

Words by: Sam Kessler