This year, on September 22 in Monaco, the well-known Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction will take place. This highly esteemed event, which Atimelyperspective attended in 2009, has been held every other year since 2005 concurrent with the Monaco Yacht Show. This is the venue where luxury watchmaking and medical research come together, and is held For Research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The auction is held under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and jointly organized with Antiquorum auction house, as well as the Monaco Yacht Show.
More than 40 timepieces – typically unique in some way – are donated by the most prestigious watch manufactures to be put up for bidding. Prior to the event, the collection makes a world tour. In the weeks to come, Atimelyperspective will begin to unveil some of the special pieces that will be donated, such as this one-of-a-kind Petite Heure Minute Jaquet Droz watch, created especially for this auction. It features an ivory Grand Feu enameled dial adorned with details from one of the principality’s most renowned landscapes. It takes a master artisan at least a full week, with one eye to the microscope, to complete the dial of this masterpiece. The watch houses a self-winding mechanical movement, a double barrel and a 22-karat white gold oscillating weight. The starting price at auction for this watch will be 37,000 CHF (Swiss francs).