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By Chris | July 15 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.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is a unique model specially created for the Only Watch 2013 event and represents a combined expression of the exclusive skills cultivated by Vacheron Constantin.
The dial, paying tribute to three artistic crafts – engraving, enamelling and gem-setting – illustrates the aesthetic mastery dear to the manufacturer, while the World Time complication embodies the technical excellence and open-minded spirit that have been guiding the brand for over 250 years.
Inseparably bound up with the Vacheron Constantin heritage, the World Time complication had made a major comeback in the collection of the Manufacture in 2011 with the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time model driven by a new in-house made movement, Calibre 2460 WT.
It now returns as the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time “Only Watch” model available in a 42.5 mm-diameter 950 platinum case featuring an exhibition case and water-resistant to 3 bar (around 30 meters). It is supplied with a saddle-stitched black alligator leather strap secured by a folding clasp.
The back of this timepiece is engraved with the inscription “Only Watch 2013, Pièce unique”, commemorating the Only Watch event organised by the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, a charity with which Vacheron Constantin is once again privileged to associate this year.
Building on its historical expertise in the realm of artistic crafts, Vacheron Constantin has called on the most sophisticated current talents to give this timepiece a face combining ultimate artistic precision with contemporary elegance. The central gold associates a trilogy of excellence in the techniques of engraving, enamelling and gem-setting.
The hand-engraved seas and the countries are coated with translucent and opalescent enamel, while the GMT reference city, Monaco, is immortalised by a round-cut diamond that is extremely difficult to set because of the extremely thin plate. Independent enamelling artist Anita Porchet, who is well known to collectors and connoisseurs of horological works of art, contributed her peerless skill to the successful crafting of this timepiece.
The World Time watch embodies the openness to the world characterising the manufacturer, which was founded in 1755. For over 250 years, Vacheron Constantin has been crossing borders to spread the news of its precious timepieces. It has been active in the United States since 1832 and in China since 1845, well before the International Meridian Conference held in Washington in 1884 and which divided the world into 24 time zones while defining the zero meridian.