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Only Watch 2013: Patek Philippe

patek philippe_This September 28, Monaco will play host to the fifth edition of the ‘Only Watch’ charity watch auction benefiting research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Recognized as the world’s first ever charity watch auction, Only Watch is conducted by the watch auctioneers, Antiquorum.

33 of the world’s leading watch manufacturers are donating a unique timepiece specially created for the occasion, one of which will feature on Elite’s website every day leading up to this not-to-be-missed auction.

The proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, promoter of Only Watch with Antiquorum Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show, to help finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting 1 in 3,500 boys and therefore 250,000 children, adolescents, and young adults around the world.

From September 6, an international exhibit of the Only Watch collection of timepieces for men and women will also travel the world – Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York – and will be concluded by a presentation during the Monaco Yacht Show (September 25 to 28).

The Only Watch auction itself takes place on September 28 at 11am (GMT+1) in the ‘Salle Belle Epoque’ of the Hôtel Hermitage.

ONLY WATCH 2013 SPOTLIGHT: Patek Philippe

One of the great classics of the Patek Philippe Grand Complications collection between 1995 and 2011, Reference 5004 embodied the traditional, manually wound chronograph at its highest level.

Its Caliber CHR 27-70 Q is based on a “Nouvelle Lémania” movement, produced exclusively for Patek Philippe and completely reworked in the company’s workshops, to which Patek Philippe’s engineers and master watchmakers have added a sophisticated split-seconds mechanism and a very fine perpetual calendar.

The movement comprises 407 parts, meticulously finished by hand according to the workshops’ time-honored methods. Over the years, this rare combination of complications was housed in a case of timeless, discreet elegance in white gold, yellow gold, platinum, and a limited series in steel.

This Only Watch 2013 special Reference 5004T is the first and only version ever produced in titanium.

5004T Caliber CHR 27-70 Q. Manual winding. Split seconds chronograph with 30-minute counter. Perpetual calendar: day and month in apertures, date and leap year by hands. Moon phases and 24-hour display. Seconds sub-dial. Solid gold dial plate, black with hand-guilloché carbon pattern, gold applied numerals.

Calf leather strap embossed with a carbon pattern, red hand stitching. White seconds hand, red split seconds hand. Titanium prong buckle. Interchangeable titanium full back and sapphire crystal case back. Water resistant to 30 m. Case diameter: 36.7 mm. Titanium. Base of the chronograph movement “Nouvelle Lémania”, exclusive execution to Patek Philippe.