In iW’s ongoing Only Watch coverage, which will continue for the next several weeks, you’ll find information about the various watches posted in no particular order. For the complete list, visit http://www.onlywatch.com/the-watches.
Today we’ll look at eight more one-of-a-kind timepieces, each with an unusual twist guaranteed to attract bidders to the biennial charity auction, this year slated for November 11 at Christie’s in Geneva.
In cooperation with American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Hunt Slonem, Armin Strom has created a timepiece that represents a fusion of creative art and mechanical craftsmanship. The dial side of the Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch serves as a multidimensional canvas recalling Slonem’s work. Only Watch auction estimate: $11,000 - $20,000.
Arnold & Son
The Time Pyramid Only Watch has a black DLC treatment, while the skeletonized and symmetrical caliber A&S1615 has a black ADLC coating. Red accents add a vibrant touch to this bold, contemporary-looking watch. Only Watch auction estimate: $26,000 - $36,000.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic is designed to evoke the last moments of sunlight as evening descends, reflected by the ‘skylight’ blue Grande Tapisserie dial, polished counters in solid gray gold and orange moon. The exhibition caseback reveals the unique hand-finished black oscillating mass. Only Watch auction estimate: $83,000 - $124,000.
The 41mmm white gold Epure Blé d’été features a diamond-studded, white gold wheat motif on the mother-of-pearl dial. Inside, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture self-winding caliber GP4000 powers the hours and minutes. Only Watch auction estimate: $26,000 - $31,000
The Superfast 8 HZ Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017 honors motor-racing legend Jacky Ickx, with whom Chopard chose to collaborate in creating this timepiece. The 45mm titanium watch is powered by Chopard’s high-frequency automatic caliber 01.11-M. Only Watch auction estimate: $19,000 - $26,000.
The Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is housed in an 18-karat polished rose gold 42mm case and features a one-of-a-kind meteorite dial. The see-through caseback reveals intricate perlage and Côtes de Genève decoration on the FC-775 in-house caliber. Only Watch auction estimate: $18,000 - $28,000.
The Laureato 2017 Special Edition features a stylish bronze case, a first for Girard-Perregaux, and a slate gray dial with luminescent hands and indexes. Inside is the GP01800-0008 mechanical self-winding movement, powering the hours, minutes, central seconds and date. Only Watch auction estimate: $16,000 - $19,000.
The Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt for Only Watch showcases a green and gold design paired with a transparent strap on a 45mm Big Bang case. This unique piece will be auctioned with a second strap in yellow/gold-color calfskin, with a silhouette of the Jamaican flag in honor of Bolt’s origins. Only Watch auction estimate: $52,000 - $83,000.