Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 in DLC Titanium with Semi-Transparent Blue Dial for Only Watch 2015

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL DLC Titanium Case and Transparent Blue Dial for Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

For Only Watch 2015, Girard Perregaux has created a one-of-a-kind Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases.  The piece is presented in a titanium DLC case with a transparent blue polycrystalline dial.  It is fitted on a black croc strap with blue stitching.  This won’t be one of the priciest sellers, but it is definitely one of the more original and aesthetically interesting pieces.

At 12 o’clock, the large jumping date displays the date on a transparent pair of discs – an exclusive patented system of the brand.  A moon phase indicator provides a smart balance at the dial’s 6 o’clock position. 

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Transparent Blue Dial detail 2 - Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

There is a sapphire caseback that is overlaid with the ONLY WATCH logo.  Inside is the automatic mechanical GP Cal 03300-0105, with 46-hour power reserve. 

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Caseback - Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

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Vacheron Constantin Hand Engraved and Openworked Unique Piece for Only Watch 2015

Only Watch 2015

Here is Vacheron Constantin’s unique creation for Only Watch 2015:  the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées timepiece, featuring a painstakingly hand engraved and skeleton caliber 4400 set in a 40mm white gold case, and a red outer enamel ring.  The red is an extremely difficult color to obtain in enamel, and in this case is also symbolic of the the Principality of Monaco where the  Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy research center (the recipient of the Only Watch auction proceeds) is based.  As noted earlier this week, the the Only Watch charity auction is held every 2 years, and for 2015 there are about 40 watch brands that will be offering unique pieces at the Geneva auction & event this November.  Vacheron has put forth an admirable piece for the event.  A closer look, below.

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The Spectacular F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu in Tantalum for Only Watch 2015

Tantalum case…mirror blue dial…

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 - Perpetuelle

What a spectacular, one-of-a-kind watch F.P. Journe has made for Only Watch 2015.  Now it is true that Patek Philippe definitely garners the most attention (and $$$) at the Only Watch auction (more on this below), but to step out of the echo chamber today I thought I’d lead with another exciting contribution for the Only Watch 2015 Charity Auction:  the F.P. Journe “Tourbillon Souverain Blue”.  Is this a drop dead gorgeous timepiece or what?!

First, this is F.P. Journe’s first time participating in the Only Watch event, and it’s nice to see him bring such a special piece to mark the occasion.  The watch Journe has submitted is not only breathtakingly gorgeous, but it is cased in tantalum, a metal rarely used in watchmaking (though Journe has used it before) that has a bluish grey hue to it (though Journe has used it before).  Like all Journe calibers, the movement is made of 18k rose gold, with this one (same as the production modeo) having a tourbillon, dead beat seconds, and a remontoire, a constant force device that Journe uses on occasion.

The highly reflective, blue dial is achieved with lacquer — as is the off-white lettering.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle

  

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 tourbillon detail - Perpetuelle

The vivid blue chrome dial that reflects light like a mirror is really spectacular.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 angleview - Perpetuelle

With the previews for the exciting Only Watch 2015 starting to be released, it is an exciting time for what are usually slow summer months for watch enthusiasts.  I’ve covered Only Watch here at Perpetuelle since 2009 (2015 is the 6th edition of the biennial event), and in addition to raising a LOT of money for the benefit of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Only Watch auction is a truly fun and special event for watch fans because each of the pieces sold at this auction are one-of-a-kind.  And many (but not all) of the participants use the event as an opportunity to introduce a truly special timepiece, as is the case with F.P. Journe is one.

As already noted, Patek’s submission for Only Watch is and will again undoubtedly be the top selling piece…but could this be #2?

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Bell & Ross Aviation Instruments Box Set for Only Watch 2013

Bell Ross Box Set Watches for Only Watch 2013

For Only Watch 2013, Bell & Ross has designed a collector’s box of six unique watches. This glossy finished case is fashioned from high-quality wood contains six watches: the BR01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER and TURN COORDINATOR, created in 2012, and the BR01 HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB, created in 2013.   They are all inspired by instruments that are essential to aeronautical navigation and have, as their common and unique denominator, a touch of orange.
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