We continue to highlight a few of our favorite watches from among the more than sixty watchmakers that have created timepieces for the Only Watch charity auction, which commences Sunday, November 5, in Geneva. Christie’s will auction these incredible one-of-a-kind watches to raise funds that benefit research in the battle against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
While you may have seen a few of the watches set for auction earlier this year when Only Watch announced them, we thought you’d enjoy seeing many of these impressive designs again just ahead of the event.
The watches are currently touring the globe. After concluding their U.S. visit at Christie’s in New York on September 17, the tour will visit Monaco next, followed by stops in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai and back in Geneva. See the Only Watch website for tour dates and details.
In this post we highlight the entry from Chopard, The L.U.C 1860 Only Watch Edition featuring an ice green-toned solid white gold guilloché dial. The watch is essentially a reissue of the very first L.U.C timepiece from 1997, the L.U.C 1860.
The watch’s 36.5mm case is made of Chopard’s own Lucent Steel while the movement inside is Chopard’s superb chronometer-certified L.U.C Caliber 96.40-L. The movement is wound by a gold micro-rotor and equipped with the two barrels that contribute to its strong 65-hour power reserve.
Chopard explains that it chose the dial color here to “evoke the beauty of green icebergs, which are found exclusively in the Antarctic. Icebergs are the real celebrities of polar regions and are mostly white or blue in color. However, like an artist, Nature is capable of producing splendid green icebergs that scientists sometimes call “jade bergs”. This color simultaneously symbolizes the melting of glaciers, thus illustrating major environmental challenges and endowing this creation with distinctive symbolic value.”
The The L.U.C 1860 Only Watch Edition has also earned the Geneva Seal, a rare feat for a steel-cased watch. The Seal, or Poinçon de Genève, guarantees the quality and smooth functioning of watches assembled in Geneva.
Estimate: CHF 25,000 – CHF 35,000.