Only Watch has its most successful auction ever, raising an unprecedented total of € 5,066,000 in support of research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Monaco, September 28, 2013 — The fifth edition of the biennial Only Watch auction held on September 28 at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco totaled an unprecedented EUR 5,066,000, with all proceeds benefitting research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The auction room was filled to capacity with watch collectors and philanthropists eager to bid on the outstanding collection of unique timepieces especially created for the exceptional charity auction as well as the extraordinary selection of 14 vintage champagne bottles from Lanson. Competitive bidding came from all corners of the globe including China, Belgium, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, the United States and Monaco.
“It was an honor for Antiquorum to once again support the Only Watch auction benefitting research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We are ecstatic to have raised Euro 5,066,000 for the collection of 33 unique timepieces highlighted by the fierce bidding for the Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T which achieved an unparalleled Euro 2,950,000, the highest price ever attained for a modern wristwatch. We would like to thank all participants for making the fifth edition of Only Watch such a resounding success and helping to spread awareness of this debilitating disease across the globe, “said Julien Schaerer, Managing Director Antiquorum Geneva.
The exceptional 5th edition of Only Watch was organized by the Association Monegasque Contre les Myopathies, Antiquorum Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show with the generous support of 33 watch brands. The exciting auction concluded a worldwide preview tour that made stops in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York City, Geneva and finally at the world renowned Monaco Yacht Show.
Participating watch brands for the fifth edition of Only Watch are: Backes & Strauss, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Chanel, Chopard, Chronoswiss, Christophe Claret, Corum, Cyrus, deLaCour, De Bethune, DeWitt, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, Harry Winston, Hublot, Ikepod, Jaquet Droz, Julien Coudray, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, Montblanc, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Armin Strom, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith.
“Only Watch is a very special project that implies an incredible cooperation based on free will and contributions made with a benevolent state of mind. It’s all about a group of people united for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, united to give hope, and the exceptional 5 Million Euro realized for Only Watch 2013 is a group effort of all the generous participants involved. I want to thank HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the watch manufacturers, Antiquorum & the Monaco Yacht Show for co-organizing the event with Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophies) and all partners, philanthropists, collectors, media, individuals…the world over for their phenomenal support,” said Luc Pettavino, President AMM and Founder of Only Watch.
About Antiquorum: Established in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum has carved its own unparalleled niche in the auction world through its focused expertise in horology and by cultivating a thriving collector’s market for timepieces worldwide. The world’s premier auctioneer of fine modern and vintage timepieces has set world records for auction sales and holds approximately ten auctions a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Beijing, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.