Hands-On: A Couple Of Predictions From The Upcoming Only Watch 2015 Benefit Auction – And What Might Become The Most Expensive Wristwatch Ever Made


Only Watch happens once every two years (usually in Monaco, but this year, in Geneva for the first time) as you probably already know if you’re a HODINKEE reader. You probably also know that the purpose of the auction is to benefit research into better treatments – and perhaps, someday, even a cure – for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an inherited, progressive, and usually ultimately terminal illness in which a defect in a key muscle structural protein (dystrophin) causes slow but irreversible loss of muscle tissue. The benefit auction is organized by the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (“myopathy” is a general term for muscle tissue disorders) the Monaco Yacht Show, and an auction house who takes responsibility for curating and auctioning a collection of unique pieces made by the world’s top watchmaking companies specifically for that purpose. This year, it’s the Phillips Watch Department, which partners with the firm of Bacs and Russo.