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.
See them up close, on the click
For the upcoming Only Watch 2013 charity auction, Richard Mille is donating the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype which Yohan Blake wore at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he won three medals. Perpetuelle was the first to identify the vividly colored watch on Yohan’s wrist as being a Richard Mille, and we provided extensive coverage of this phenomenal timepiece as it made its way through the Olympic games. Truly a special piece that should fetch a fine sum for the charity event.
Live Pics (by Antiquorum)
This prototype created an enormous amount of media attention and even a bit of controversy. It is a unique piece based upon the RM 038 but adapted to Yohan Blake’s specifications. It experienced the joy of the podium and shared the spotlight with the gold and silver medals won by Yohan, as well as a few blazes down the track on Yohan’s wrist. You can see live pics of this watch from the London Olympic Games here, here and here.
This watch features the Jamaican flag colors of green and yellow highlighting the white case, along with a yellow Velcro® strap.
Richard Mille RM038 Yohan Blake Prototype for Only Watch 2013
Designed in the grand tradition of Breguet timepieces, this one-of-a-kind Classique Chronograph 5284 with its openworked dial is animated by the Breguet hand-wound, hand-engraved, column wheel chronograph calibre 533.2 SQ (originally known as the Lemania 2310, one of the finest calibers in the world and used by many a brand including Vacheron, Patek, and Omega). The yellow gold 42.5mm case of this reference 5284 has Breguet’s signature fine fluting on the caseband; on the dial, we of course we all know the open-tipped hands — first designed around 1783 by the brand’s founder — are now known simply as the Breguet-style hands. The 3-9 chronograph register layout provides for 30-minute counting and small seconds, respectively, with the large central hand being the chronograph seconds.
Great piece with all the beautiful hand-engraving on the caliber, front and back sides:
Engraved “pièce unique” (unique piece), this watch marks the 5th participation of Breguet to Only Watch.
Should fetch a tidy sum for the Only Watch charitable cause. Be sure to check out all my Only Watch 2013 previews, here>>>
Did You Know?
Designed in the 1940s by Albert Piguet at the Lémania workshops, the calibre CH 27 undecorated movement quickly won a reputation for its endurance and reliability. It drew the attention of highly regarded brands, which preferred to use it for their chronographs rather than undertake the gigantic task of developing their own movement. Its popularity ensured its further evolution into the highly refined calibre Lemania 2310.
The art of Fleurisanne engraving on display…
For Only Watch 2013, Chopard presents a L.U.C Tourbillon model featuring a rhodiumed gold hand-engraved dial bearing the coat-of-arms of the Principality of Monaco surrounded by a DNA molecule, a reminder of the cause to which the Only Watch project is devoted. On the back of the watch, movement bridges are adorned with relief or “filet” engravings of a DNA helix also known as Fleurisanne engraving (see Did You Know? below) – a highly distinctive and now almost extinct traditional skill typical of the Neuchâtel village of Fleurier. Truly an exceptional one-of-a kind L.U.C Tourbillon.
Click through for a closer look including more on the art of Fleurisanne engraving