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By Chris | July 18 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.
This year, Harry Winston is dedicating an exclusive model from the elegant Midnight Collection to the Only Watch initiative. The spirit of the Midnight Collection is that of sophistication, executed with the brand’s unmistakable style, and with all the dedication to perfection in the smallest detail that is synonymous with the house of Harry Winston.
Right at first glance, the Harry Winston’s Only Watch Midnight Big Date embodies the quintessence of watchmaking, imbued with a sense of authenticity and refinement. Topped with a bezel discreetly bearing the three iconic arches of the Harry Winston Fifth Avenue salon in New York City, the case is crafted in 18K polished rose gold. Its 42 mm diameter frames a mechanical automatic winding movement composed of 297 parts, with an 18K rose gold skeletonized rotor, circular grained and hand-chamfered, visible through a sapphire-crystal display back.
Endowed with a 72-hour power reserve, this sophisticated timepiece features an inherent visual balance that adds both elegance and readability. It hosts a black, broad snailed-finish dial, which moves outward like an off-centered ripple, emphasizing the sleek and contemporary elegance of this model. Following Harry Winston’s aesthetic codes, the excentered chapter ring is placed at noon and features a discreet baguette emerald-cut diamond (0.019 ct) at 12 o’clock. The arrangement offers each element a prime place and gives depth to the dial, offering the leading role to a large date that takes an uncompromising stand at 6 o’clock.
A single brilliant-cut pink diamond (0.005 ct) is perched discreetly above the large date, reminding connoisseurs of Mr. Harry Winston’s habit of keeping one his gems in his pocket for the sheer pleasure of rolling it between his fingers. Dedicated to a noble cause, this unique model chooses understated elegance to better highlight the sophistication of the time indications and will doubtlessly appeal to collectors of fine watchmaking who appreciate exceptional craftsmanship.