The highly anticipated Only Watch auction has once again captivated the world of luxury watches with its exceptional collection of timepieces. This biennial event, organized from the glamorous Principality of Monaco, held at the iconic city of Geneva; this auction gathers renowned watchmakers who contribute their unique creations to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Each watch presented in this prestigious auction is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, innovation, and philanthropy. Along this article we will be exploring some of our favorite timepieces, and some others that have captured our attention for the Only Watch Auction 2023.
Armin Strom Gravity Equal Force Only Watch 2023:
Armin Strom presents the Gravity Equal Force Only Watch 2023, a masterpiece that showcases the brand’s innovative spirit. This timepiece features a unique iteration of the Gravity Equal Force movement, with a transparent green sapphire dial, a red logo, and blue stitching on the custom strap. The signature tri-bridge design, combined with meticulous traditional Haute Horlogerie decorations, reflects Armin Strom’s dedication to both aesthetics and technical excellence.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Tourbillon Only Watch:
Audemars Piguet unveils the Royal Oak Openworked Tourbillon, a watch that exemplifies the brand’s commitment to pushing boundaries. With a skeletonized dial and an intricately designed movement, this timepiece showcases the flying tourbillon cage and the rhodium-toned gear train. The white ceramic case, paired with the matching bracelet, adds a contemporary contrast. Audemars Piguet’s fusion of avant-garde design and traditional craftsmanship is beautifully displayed in this exceptional watch.
Bell & Ross BR03 Cyber Rainbow:
Bell & Ross presents the audacious BR03 Cyber Rainbow, a timepiece that merges innovative design with vibrant colors. The black ceramic case, adorned with a mesmerizing rainbow gradient dial, reflects the brand’s commitment to pushing boundaries. The watch features a full 3D skeleton movement, micro-blasted metal hands, and meticulous craftsmanship, making it a truly eye-catching and contemporary piece.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Marble:
Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Marble represents a milestone in ultra-thin watches. With its 1.95mm thin movement, it holds the title of the slimmest flying tourbillon on the market since 2013. The watch features a captivating green marble dial, named Verde di Alpi, sourced from the Aosta Valley. This exceptional timepiece pays homage to Roman architecture and showcases Bulgari’s expertise in combining horological excellence with artistic expression.
De Bethune DW Seeking Perfect For Only Watch 23:
De Bethune presents the DW Seeking Perfect For Only Watch 23, a watch that exemplifies technical innovation and artistic craftsmanship. The unique timepiece features a dial and spherical moon crafted from ferrous meteorite. Denis Flageollet, the mastermind behind this watch, used ancient iron and steel-making techniques, forging the components in his blast furnace. With a tourbillon movement and a meticulously crafted case, this watch showcases De Bethune’s dedication to horological mastery.
Gerald Genta Only Watch 2023:
Gerald Genta’s contribution to the Only Watch auction is a minute repeater watch featuring Disney’s iconic character, Mickey Mouse. This timepiece pays homage to the brand’s rich history of combining high-complication watchmaking with whimsical design elements. The unique watch captures Mickey’s playful spirit, while the exceptional craftsmanship and technical prowess demonstrate Gerald Genta’s ongoing pursuit of excellence.
Louis Vuitton Tambour Einstein Automata – Only Watch 2023:
Louis Vuitton presents the Tambour Einstein Automata, a watch that seamlessly combines mechanical excellence with artistic storytelling. With its remarkable dial featuring micro-sculpture and grisaille enamel techniques, this timepiece depicts Albert Einstein in a mischievous pose. The watch houses the LV 525 calibre, which brings the dial to life through four animations, offering time on demand. The hand-painted Louis Vuitton trunk further emphasizes the exceptional nature of this timepiece.
Piaget Polo Skeleton Arty:
Piaget’s unique contribution to the Only Watch auction is the Polo Skeleton Arty edition. Inspired by the «Hexa Grace» artwork by Victor Vasarely, this brightly colored watch pays homage to the artistic heritage of Monaco. The skeletonized dial, coupled with a colored Manufacture calibre 1200S1, showcases Piaget’s artistic and technical prowess. The ultra-thin movement and rose-gold case add an element of elegance to this one-of-a-kind timepiece.
The Only Watch auction 2023 has presented an extraordinary collection of timepieces, each a testament to exceptional craftsmanship, innovation, and philanthropy. From the innovative designs of Armin Strom and Audemars Piguet to the artistic expressions of Bulgari and Louis Vuitton, these watches have captivated enthusiasts worldwide. De Bethune and Gerald Genta have showcased technical excellence and playful creativity, while Piaget’s unique contribution adds a vibrant touch. The Only Watch auction not only celebrates horological mastery but also supports research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, making each acquisition a meaningful contribution to a noble cause.
Let us know which timepieces from this list you liked the most and if you think we missed any timepiece from the 2023 Only Watch Collection. You can always learn more about this very special and noble event visiting the Only Watch official page: www.onlywatch.com
Written by Founder & Head Editor: Anton Fernandez.