ONLY WATCH 2013: See What Brands To Expect Wild Watches From

ONLY WATCH 2013: See What Brands To Expect Wild Watches From Sales & Auctions

We love the ONLY WATCH auction that takes place every other year in Monaco for the support of charity. Why do we love it? Well a range of participating watch brands produce totally unique watches that are auctioned off for charity (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy). The pieces are sometimes mere color variations on existing models, and sometimes they are radically new models that are production concepts or signs of things to come. In any event, they are all one-off pieces (with the exception of models that are “#1” in a limited edition). The brands do it for the massive media exposure and marketing opportunity.

UPDATE: See the aBlogtoWatch full list of Only Watch 2013 Watches.

2013 is the 5th edition of the Only Watch (administered and operated by auctioneer Antiquorum) auction and it will take place later in 2013 on September 28th. The participating brands will slowly release their Only Watch pieces until then. While more brands may be added later, here are the companies that we expect to see interesting timepieces from over the next several months:

    • Backes & Strauss
    • Bell & Ross
    • Blancpain
    • Breguet
    • Chanel
    • Chopard
    • ChronoSwiss
    • Christophe Claret
    • Corum
    • Cyrus
    • deLaCour
    • De Bethune
    • DeWitt
    • Franck Muller
    • Frédérique Constant
    • Girard Perregaux
    • Glasshütte Original
    • Harry Winston
    • Heritage Watch Manufactory
    • Hublot, Ikepod
    • Jaquet Droz
    • Ladoire
    • Laurent Ferrier
    • Louis Vuitton
    • Manufacture Royale
    • Maurice Lacroix
    • Montblanc
    • Patek Philippe
    • Piaget
    • Richard Mille
    • Roger Dubuis
    • Armin Strom
    • Ulysse Nardin
    • Vacheron Constantin
    • Van Cleef & Arpels

In addition, the 913 has a glucydur balance wheel with golden micrometric regulating screws, which makes it flexible and also more shock-resistant than its predecessor. There is also an improved winding system which employs a ball-bearing mounted rotor. The sapphire case back shows the rotor, which is reddish gold with a snailed bevel, glistening chamfers and directly and circular Côtes de Genève patterns. The Caliber 913QL is fitted with a moon stage module, a wheel using 59 cogs covering two full 29.5-day lunar cycles. It’s a 40-hour power reserve.At 29.2mm, the Blancpain Watch Price Villeret Date Moonphase is a very small watch considering there’s a moon period plus a date and a seconds hand, a rare edge in a little ladies’ automatic. It is evidence of Blancpain’s devotion to producing size-appropriate high-grade calibers devoted to ladies’ watches at its own elite collections. The date is elegantly spaced out just in the hour trail, signaled by a red-tipped pointer. The bezel is set with 48 diamonds and you will find eight diamond indexes as well as four applied Roman numerals in the signature Villeret font. The dial is opaline and the strap is taupe-colored alligator. Even as purveyors of arguably among the world’s first truly purpose-built dive watches, there’s no denying it has been a long time because Blancpain has even been remotely near the tool watch kingdom it once pioneered. That being said, it’s still neat to find the newest revisit those days using a marked level of panache in the newly announced Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec — a watch which may cost $14,000, but it is still every bit the capable instrument once depended upon by combat divers in the late fifties.

  • Vulcain
  • Zenith

That is a huge number of brands and you can compare them to the all the pieces from the Only Watch 2011 auction. We look forward to sharing with you the auction pieces as they trickle out leading up to the event in September of 2013.