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By Chris | July 10 2013
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.
Designed in the grand tradition of exclusive Breguet timepieces, the model Classique Chronograph openworked 5284 is animated by an exceptional hand-wound movement, calibre 533.2 SQ, originally known as 2310.
A noteworthy fact regarding this column wheel chronograph movement is that it has long been the motor of the finest watches of many brands.
Designed in the 1940s by Albert Piguet at the Lémania workshops, the calibre CH 27 undecorated movement quickly won a reputation for its endurance and reliability. It drew the attention of highly regarded brands, which preferred to use it for their chronographs rather than to undertake the gigantic task of developing their own movement. Its popularity ensured its further evolution into the highly refined calibre 2310.
Today, Breguet brings this movement to life again by offering it a unique design. The case of reference 5284 in 18-carat yellow gold is decorated with fine fluting on the caseband, reflecting Breguet’s first timepieces.
The open-tipped hands designed around 1783 by the brand’s founder enhance the overall beauty of the movement entirely engraved by hand, which can be admired through a sapphire crystal. Two counters symmetrically positioned at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock are echoing each other in a subtle way, the first one indicating the small second, the other one being a 30 minutes counter. A large central hand completes the chronograph’s functions. This unique watch on a leather strap is water resistant to 30 meters and has a power reserve of 48 hours