At 2:30 pm Geneva time tomorrow, the 2017 Only Watch auction takes place. This seventh edition of the charity auction to benefit muscular dystrophy witnesses 49 one-of-a-kind timepieces going up for sale. You can see all of the timepieces going up for sale via our two previous slide shows here and here. While all of the timepieces made for the Only Watch auction are one of kinds, several stand out above all others for a variety of unique reasons. One such piece is the clock created by Agenhor.
Movement makers extraordinaire — headed up by master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht — Agenhor is a company that does not make watches, but has made an important exception for Only Watch, working in conjunction with students from the Geneva University of Art and Design (Haute École d’Art et de Design Genève}, HEAD. Called Carpe Diem, the table clock houses an Agenhor AgenGraphe® movement — a contemporary automatic chronograph that uses central display for all of its indications, including chronograph.
By using concentric disks housed in a transparent sphere, the movement is revealed in all its beauty. The development of the clock was relatively quick, thanks to the determination of the students at HEAD. Two students developed a sphere to magnify the caliber — concealing nothing from view.
According to Agenhor founder Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. “Emotion was at the heart of all their labors. All we did was supply the movement in question – they took it all from there. The students made seven proposals in total, all of them extremely well put together, but Carpe Diem, designed and presented by Bérénice Noël and Florian Wicki, stood out because of its emotional power, simplicity, and self-evidence.”
Essentially, the movement – that was first unveiled last February – consists of 488 parts and was developed entirely in house by Agenhor and is the brand’s first chronograph caliber. It is the caliber that is highlighted inside the three-part sphere made of Plexiglas. In the center of the frosted glass, is an aperture through which there is clear visibility magnified so that the portion of the AgenGraphe® showing appears just about 1.6 times larger than its actual size. Five rotating disks display the chronograph information and two windows at the top and bottom of the case allow for the hours and minutes to be read.
The concept is to make the most of the present moment – fleeting yet real – something we all seem to miss in life as we are busy “getting things done,” or “making plans” to do so.
A protective brushed aluminium case has also been specially designed for Carpe Diem. Two windows located in the top and bottom parts of the case allow the hour markers to be read off on one side and the movement to be observed from the other, with- out having to open it. Once open, the base of the case and the sphere, resting on the lining, show it off it in all its glory, sitting atop the upper section of the case to create a display for all to see – and allow the chronograph functions to be used to the full.
Other brands participating in this year’s Only Watch auction include Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Audemars Piguet, Barbier Mueller, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, DeBethune, DeWitt, F.P. Journe, Faberge, Frederique Constant, Girard Perregaux, H. Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hautlence, Hermes, Hublot, Jacob & Co., Konstantin Chaykin, Laurent Ferrier x Urwerk, Jaquet Droz, Louis Moinet, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, MCT, Montblan, Moritz Grossmann, Patek Phlippe, Piaget, Rebellion, Ressence, Speake Marin, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Kari Voutilainen, Zenith.
The auction event is organized by the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and held at Christies Auction house. All proceeds are donated to the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to support ongoing medical research towards a cure.