Only Watch 2023 – The list of the 72 watchmakers/brands and 62 products that will be offered at the biannual Only Watch auction in 2023 has been revealed. Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of luxury timepieces made by the finest watchmakers for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Each of the participating Maisons creates a unique watch to be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the research. With its own characteristics and value, Only Watch has grown to be one of the most prominent and much awaited auctions in the watch calendar over the years.
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All of the 62 products have their own uniqueness and value, but we have selected some of the best for you below.
Hublot MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Only Watch
This year, the masterpiece that Hublot developed especially for Only Watch is a collaboration with Takashi Murakami. For this project, Hublot and Takashi Murakami designed an incredible timepiece. For this unique timepiece, they developed a new movement and a new watch case.
The central tourbillon could be interpreted as Hublot’s intention to put Haute Horlogerie back in the spotlight. Or, its round case might be seen to resemble a child’s drawing of a 12-petalled daisy, tipped with green as a sign of hope.
Either way, the strength of the MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Only Watch lies in the fact that everyone will see it as symbolic of what they value. It will blossom around as many values as there are colors, whether these are high-tech, exquisite, playful, unique, or hypnotic. Haute Horlogerie meets Haute Joaillerie on this highly creative timepiece inspired by Takashi Murakami’s iconic smiling flower.
Breguet Marine Hora Mundi Only Watch 2023
On this occasion, Breguet is pleased to present a one-off version of its Marine Hora Mundi model. Launched in March 2022, this watch combines technical sophistication with aesthetic appeal. This Breguet-patented mechanism is the only device capable of changing time zones with a single click, a technical feat made possible by handling the pusher and crown.
After setting the first city, the time, and the date, the watch wearer only needs to set the second city. The timepiece’s mechanism calculates the time and date in the latter using a clever system of cams, hammers, and an integrated differential. After that, simply pressing the pusher is enough to move from one end of the planet to the other without disturbing the precise running of the watch.
For Breguet, luxury is in the details, which is notably why the Breguet hours and minutes hands are enhanced with red luminescent material, recalling the Only Watch 2023 colors. This reference is also featured on the trapeze-shaped hour-markers and on the anchor located at 6 o’clock, indicating the reference city. In a nod to the Only Foundation, the city of Paris has been replaced by the principality of Monaco in red.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Openworked Only Watch Edition
This new, unique timepiece comes in a 41mm white ceramic case with a matching bracelet enhanced with the mainplate and bridges in a vivid blue hue for a highly contemporary contrast. The movement’s openworked architectural design gives centre stage to the flying tourbillon cage and the rhodium-toned gear train, adding depth and visual effect.
Each component has been finished with refined Haute Horlogerie decorations, including “traits tirés”, circular and sunray brushing, snailing, as well as polished chamfers. The satin brushing on V-angles can be admired on both sides of the watch and reflects the meticulous work of the Manufacture’s artisans.
This Only Watch Edition comes with the addition of a blue inner bezel and white gold hour-markers and hands, both filled with luminescent coating for optimum visibility in the dark. A special oscillating weight in 22K gold has also been coloured with the same blue and rhodium tones for a sleek and modern look.
Chopard L.U.C 1860 Only Watch Edition
Chopard is once again committing itself to the Only Watch sale and donating to this charity auction a one-of-a-kind model inspired by a historical watch icon, combining the finesse of an Ice Green-toned solid white gold guilloché dial with a 36.5mm case made of Chopard’s exclusive Lucent Steel™ and a chronometer-certified high-quality movement.
The latter, the L.U.C Calibre 96.40-L, is wound by a gold micro-rotor and equipped with the two barrels of Chopard Twin technology. This one-of-a-kind creation draws on the luminous brilliance, resistance, and purity that are the strengths of Lucent Steel™, an exclusive alloy resulting from four years of research and development and through which Chopard has chosen to treat steel as a precious metal.
Piaget Polo Skeleton Arty
Piaget offers a creative, brightly coloured Piaget Polo Skeleton arty edition, both artistically technical and coolly chic. Its design pays homage to the “Hexa Grace” artwork by Victor Vasarely, which is exhibited in Monaco. The watch beats to the rhythm of a coloured Manufacture calibre 1200S1, with green, blue, and rose-gold coloured skeletonised bridges, all specifically designed for this unique piece.
The ultra-thin movement, only 2.4mm thick, is housed within a rose-gold case measuring 42mm in diameter and only 6.5mm in thickness. This unique Piaget Polo Skeleton Arty is coupled with a blue interchangeable strap, also designed specifically for the occasion.
Zenith Chronomaster Sport Only Watch Set
Made for Only Watch 2023, Zenith presents the unique Chronomaster Sport box set of 4 references, featuring yellow, green, blue, and red ceramic bezels and unique colour-matched lacquered dials for the first time ever.
The four watches are made in 41mm steel cases, and are equipped with the latest generation of the legendary automatic El Primero high-frequency column-wheel chronograph calibre, capable of measuring and displaying elapsed time to a precision of 1/10th of a second. The watches have a power reserve of 60 hours and a date indication at 4.30, as well as a stop-second mechanism for precise setting.