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4 stunning, one of a kind timepieces from Only Watch 2021

It might be happening in November, but watchmakers are already unveiling their creations for the watch event.

Now in its ninth edition, the biennial Only Watch auction is back this November with 53 watchmakers presenting unique pieces created especially for this charity sale benefitting the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Of course, the memorability of watches varies between simple colour changes and outstanding original pieces but this year highlights those that are truly one of their kind.

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The independents usually have the most fun with this. Ludovic Ballouard’s offering looks like a miniature vinyl record and MB&F has transformed its already adorable HM10 Bulldog into a wrist- wrapping panda. Additionally, Jaquet Droz is proving that even the more traditional brands know a thing or two about spectacle. The Grande Seconde Skelet- One Tourbillon “Only Watch” (right) is a stunner. Gone are the soft curves of the regular Grande Seconde. This special edition uses plique-a-jour enamel in geometric shapes outlined in white gold to make a statement. Jaquet Droz chose the fiery stained glass-like colours to convey a mood of happiness, passion, optimism and energy – all things we could use more of, not just in the fight against this terrible disease, but in these trying times.

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DIALLING IT UP
Other creative standouts from Only Watch 2021.


  • ARTYA X JOHN MCLAUGHLIN “IS THAT SO”

    Inspired by one of English guitarist and jazz fusion pioneer John McLaughlin’s albums, this watch’s colourful dial required 110 hours of hand- painting by artist Marq Spusta. Artya cleverly leverages the instrument’s shape to house a chronograph movement with the guitar’s “keys” serving as pushers. McLaughlin’s signature is engraved on the back. Buyers will also get a guitar built by luthier Paul Reed Smith and painted by Spusta.

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