by Kyle Stults on August 07, 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.
See them up close, on the click
by Kyle Stults on August 05, 2013
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
by Kyle Stults on July 25, 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
by Kyle Stults on July 12, 2013
World first Bright Red Ceramic…
About a year and a half ago, Hublot accomplished something remarkable — the creation of their own in-house made “Magic Gold”, a new and patented 18-karat gold alloy that is virtually scratch-proof. This was an important milestone in materials innovation for the manufacture. Fast forward to today — actually about a month ago, Hublot (quietly) made another announcement of a great materials innovation: red ceramic.
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This unique piece by Corum has a titanium case with red gold inserts on the side which are hand engraved to depict Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, and the serpent twined around his staff that has become the symbol of medicine and thus an appropriate choice for the cause of Only Watch. The engravings are of course done by hand. The applied Corum logo and hour-markers are gilded, as are the hours and minutes hands and the power-reserve indicator, thereby creating a contrast with the anthracite grey dial. The watch is powered by Corum’s famous (and patented) horizontal inline baguette movement which is held in place by four cross-bars (the angled pieces you see on the dial-side). The Corum Caliber CO107 displays the hours and minutes as well as a linear-type power-reserve indication (3 days, noted vertically on the right side of the case as “high” to “low”).
For this Only Watch 2013 preview I’d like to show one of the most contemporary pieces, the Ikepod Horizon. The Horizon design is the first watch I think of when I hear the name Ikepod (a Geneva-based watch brand, by the way), though the Ikepod Hourglass (such as the one that Ikepod made for Only Watch 2011) is what might first come to the mind of others. This particular model for Only Watch is of course a unique piece. It has a 44mm titanium case with black DLC finish and red dial background. The watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement (ETA 2892) and fitted on a rubber strap with Ti pin buckle. Not much else to see or say here — what you see is what you get.
by Kyle Stults on June 25, 2013
Participating for the fourth time, Louis Vuitton has produced a superb piece unique for the upcoming Only Watch charity auction. As in prior years, Louis Vuitton’s piece for Only Watch 2013 is extra special because it was designed in collaboration with young Paul Pettavino. Paul has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and it is research towards a cure for this disease which proceeds of the event go to support. Paul’s father LUC is president of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophies and a figurehead in the Only Watch event. This year, Paul designed the enamel and gold sailboat or painted on the dial and the painted Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk. A message signed by the young boy is also stuffed inside.
by Kyle Stults on June 18, 2013
2013 will be the fifth time that Piaget has submitted a unique piece for auction in the Only Watch charity event. Certainly not of the most “unique unique” pieces this year, Piaget’s piece is nonetheless one I am very fond of — a Piaget Altiplano Skeleton, in 38mm white gold case with black PVD treatment. For the first time we see the Altiplano Skeleton white gold case treated to a black PVD finish — what little of the actual case is left on this ultra-thin, openworked beauty, that is. Having spent plenty of time hands-on with the regular production model (see my in-depth report here), I think this unique piece must look great with the black case.
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by Kyle Stults on May 23, 2013
Christophe Claret’s unique piece for the Only Watch 2013 auction is definitely among the more eye-catching. The “Pinball” is an evolution on the X-TREM-1 which debuted last year; new of course is the gaming theme. We of course know that Christophe Claret likes his gambling — he has has turned a lot of heads with his casino-themed pieces (21-Blackjack, Baccara). The X-TREM-1 Pinball is along these lines.
On the new X-Trem-1 there are now two metal cages (pinball style!) which contain the magentically maneuvered balls that mark the hours and minutes. The rectangular “dial” of the watch also plays on the pinball theme with whimsically decorated gear wheels, and there is even a “Tilt” marker at the top of the case. Like the original X-TREM-1, the winding and setting of the watch is done from the back of the case.
The watch has a flying tourbillon inclined at a 30° angle, mounted on a three-dimensional curved mainplate. Check out my original article to see how it all works (including one of Claret’s dramatic though informative videos).
X for eXperimental
T for Time
R for Research
E for Engineering
M for Mechanism
Of the 24 or so unique pieces that I have seen thus far for Only Watch 2013, this piece from Christophe Claret is certainly among the more interesting and will fetch among the highest of prices, easily into the triple digits and I’d guess upwards of $500,000 (the Only Watch unique pieces go for a premium by virtue of them being unique pieces and also for a charitable cause). However I still believe that the titanium Patek Philippe Ref. 5004 that I showed you last week — also a very intriguing piece — is still likely to be the top seller.
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