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The ninth edition of the Only Watch auction will be held 6 November 2021 in Geneva, under the high patronage of His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco Prince Albert II. The selection includes unique timepieces created by the finest brands to support the research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

The Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of unique timepieces created and donated by fine watchmakers for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Luc Pettavino, co-founder of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (AMM) and founder of Only Watch has started this themed charity auction for personal reason – his late son, Paul, suffered from muscular dystrophy. 

Since the first edition of Only Watch in 2005 “a personal story that I have transformed into a universal project,” – the generosity of the watchmakers, donors and partners enabled the ‘Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies’ to collect more than EUR 70 million to date. The 8th sale ended with CHF 38,593,000, which is not far from the total of the former 7 editions altogether. Discover more about it here.

These results have contributed to significant advances in research over the last years. The researchers who AMM support have reached the promising stage of preparation for a first clinical trial in 2022, with the reasonable hope of changing the lives of the effected young people and families. Luis Garcia – Research Director talks more about the research progress here.

World tour & auction

From the 22 September to 6 November, the special collection will travel around the world. The Principality of Monaco will host the first stop of this itinerant exhibition, on the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, from 22 to 25 September. 

The following stops are Dubai (30 September – 3 October, at Christie’s), Tokyo (8-10 October, Christie’s), Singapore (15-20 October, The Hour Glass), Hong Kong (25-28 October, Christie’s) and Geneva (4-6 November, Christie’s – Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues). 

The Only Watch auction will take place on Saturday 6 November 2021, 2 PM at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, in Geneva, under the hammer of Christie’s.

Prince of Monaco Prince Albert II
His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco Prince Albert II (right) at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, in Geneva at Only Watch 2019

Watch brands in the 9th edition

This year 54 brands participating in the 9th edition of the biennial charity auction and the 53 lots that will be auctioned. Big luxury groups, like Swatch Group and LVMH Group are also participating – from Swatch Group Breguet, Blancpain and Jaquet Droz present a special watch for the auction; while from LVMH Bulgari, Hublot, Zenith, Louis Vuitton and Tag Heuer create pieces for Only Watch 2021.

Independent brands and smaller watchmakers are also there to support the good cause – like Akrivia, Armin Strom, Bovet, F.P. Journe, H. Moser & Cie., MB&F, URWERK, Laurent Ferrier, De Bethune and more.

Of course Only Watch has the ‘big guns’ and very well know brands like Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, Hermès, Chanel, Chopard, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin or the previous auction’s record-holder Patek Philippe.

Browse through the whole collection on the Only Watch 2021 website.

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