Top 11 Most Stunning 2013 Only Watch Timepieces
The 5th edition of the Only Watch event recently ended, and we can say without a shred of doubt that it was a complete success, since this amazing humanitarian endeavor managed to raise as much as $6 million towards supporting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Only Watch 2013 collection included a total of 33 exquisite timepieces that were auctioned off at the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, and even though all of them were absolutely incredible in their own way, we decided to focus on 11 of the most impressive.
1. Patek Philippe 5004
The most expensive watch sold at the famed auction was one signed by the Geneva-based Swiss luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe. The timepiece, a version of the Patek Philippe 5004 model, managed to bring in no less than $4 million. Now if you’re wondering what made this watch so appealing in the first place, we can tell you that apart from its exquisite artisanship and stunning looks, this particular timepiece is one out of a total series of 5, and so its new owner just had to have it in order to complete his collection.
2. Richard Mille Tourbillon Prototype Yohan Blake
Even though it sold for much less than the Patek Philippe timepiece, the Richard Mille Tourbillon Prototype Yohan Blake still managed to bring in a considerable amount of money, especially due to its important heritage. This particular watch was worn by Yohan Blake himself when he competed in the 2012 London Olympics, but it also flaunts some pretty amazing technological features, including a precision-enhancing tourbillon. The Richard Mille offering was put under the hammer for $474,920.
3. Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spirale
With its sleek, minimalistic design, the Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spirale timepiece was sold for $176,400 at the Only Watch 2013. Apart from being drop-dead gorgeous, this unique masterpiece is also equipped with a very special movement based on Laurent Ferrier’s Tourbillon Double Spiral. Furthermore, the watch comes within a special presentation box that features a commemorative plate honoring Monaco.
4. DeWitt Twenty-8 Skeleton Tourbillon
Auctioned off for $162,800, the DeWitt Twenty-8 Skeleton Tourbillon managed to impress all present at the event with its amazing looks and complex technologies. The watch is powered by a DW 8028 movement that boasts a power reserve of 72 hours as well as a variable-inertia balance. Furthermore, this manually wound tourbillon boasts a Swiss anchor escapement as well as a Straumann Hairspring, both ensuring high precision.
5. Breguet Classique Chronograph 5284
The outstanding Breguet Classique Chronograph 5284 was also sold for $162,800, boasting an exquisite Breguet Classique 45mm 18k yellow gold case that houses a complex self-winding mechanical movement 2310. This movement was sketched out by Albert Piguet himself during the 1940s while he was working at Lemania, and he originally dubbed it CH27.
This gorgeous timepiece features a generous amount of hand-made engravings, including the ones found on its open-tipped hands.
6. Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Pinball
The Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Pinball is a unique version of the X-TREM-1 model that was unveiled last year. What made the original X-TREM-1 so special is that it involved the use of magnets and round balls in order to tell the time, which is indeed quite unusual since most watchmakers are going out of their way to avoid anything remotely magnetic when they design their own creations.
Nonetheless, the Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Pinball is a fully functional masterpiece that was auctioned off for no less than $135,700. The timepiece includes two metal cages that house the special magnetically powered balls displaying the hours and minutes.
7. De Bethune DB28 Skybridge MC
Flaunting a spectacular blue titanium dial showcasing the night sky over Monaco on its national day, the De Bethune DB28 Skybridge MC was created especially for the Only Watch 2013 charity auction. This gorgeous dial was encrusted with white gold and diamonds in order to portray the stars, which reminds of the 2011 model that was made by De Bethune for the same event. Even though it looks absolutely exquisite, the De Bethune offering was sold for just $128,900.
8. Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon
Chanel’s Premiere Flying Tourbillon boasted sublime femininity and elegance, representing a new and improved version of the original Première timepiece launched in 1987. The first Premiere Flying Tourbillon watch was created honoring the original Première’s 25th anniversary, when Chanel joined hands with Renaud & Papi.
The shape of the watch was inspired by the unique layout of the Place Vendôme and by the bottle stopper of the N°5 perfume. Furthermore, the dial of the watch features a stunning floral motif that is paved with diamonds. Chanel’s offering brought in $101,700 for the charity auction.
9. Roger Dubuis La Monégasque
As part of the renowned Monégasque collection, this fabulous timepiece boasts a magnificent appearance as well as incredible performance and accuracy, which is why it earned a rightful place among the exquisite creations presented at the Only Watch 2013. The timepiece features a visible micro-rotor as well as a flying tourbillon, both complemented by the renowned Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.
Created exclusively for Only Watch, the Roger Dubuis La Monégasque includes the brand’s exclusive automatic flying tourbillon movement, which ensures great accuracy and longevity. The watch was sold for $94,983.
10. Julien Coudray 1518 Manufactura 1528
The Julien Coudray 1518 Manufactura 1528 timepiece was auctioned off for $81,414. Its stunning appearance is owed to a sublime white-gold case, while its bridges flaunt an engraving that depicts a drawing made by a five-year-old child. Furthermore, the center of the dial features a guilloché pattern that boasts a blue translucent enamel, giving off a sense of utmost elegance and sophistication.
11. Backes and Strauss Victoria Princess Red Heart
As one of the most beautiful and elegantly designed timepieces in the world, the Backes and Strauss Victoria Princess Red Heart is a remarkable masterpiece in all regards. Its heartwarming design was inspired by a brooch from the 19th century, and it involves two diamond encrusted linked hearts.
The bracelet of the timepiece features a generous series of adornments as well, 66 rubies and 322 Ideal Cut Diamonds to be precise. This epitome of luxury and lavishness was auctioned off for $74,629.