ONLY WATCH 2017, the charity fundraiser for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, raises an astonishing CHF 10,776,500 (€ 9,289,434) thanks to the generous support of the world’s leading watch and jewellery brands and bidders
The 7th edition of Only Watch was held on November 11th, in Geneva, in the presence of the watchmaking brands’ representatives, collectors and philanthropists, alongside 350 supporters in the room and many more bidders and participants online and on the phone.
The 50 lots composed of unique watches and exceptional experiences were auctioned by Christie’s to bidders from 45 different countries.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: “With the money raised together with Only Watch in the past decade, we have changed the face of research on this matter. […] We are getting closer to changing the lives of thousands of children, teenagers and young adults around the world.
I would like to dedicate this edition of Only Watch to Paul Pettavino who left us a year ago and who gave us all the energy to make this event the success that it is today. The way Paul lived his life was an example and should be a reflection on all of us as it has already been through this wonderful project.
We might not all be researchers, but I think we all have collectively the power to change things for generations to come. I am very honoured and happy to have supported this project since the beginning, as I know many of you have, and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
This new extraordinary result will continue to accelerate research and give hope to patients suffering from this severe condition.”
Luc Pettavino, president of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies and founder of Only Watch:
“All together, we have won many battles:
The battle of altruism and empathy
The battle of beauty and research of excellence
The battle of awareness for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy with the largest media buzz ever.”
Now, let’s continue pushing hard, as we do need to win the battle to cure this disease.
And to my late son Paul, thank you for everything. One way or another you are here with us today and every day.”
John Reardon, International Head of Christie’s Watch Department: “As the auction partner for Only Watch 2017 it has been a pleasure and honour to be part of this important initiative. The final result has reached beyond our expectations and we congratulate Luc Pettavino and the entire Only Watch family for such a success, and would like to express our thanks to all the partners who have supported Only Watch.”
The participating brands:
Andersen Genève, Arnold & Son, Armin Strom, Audemars Piguet, Barbier Müller, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F.Bücherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, Czapek, De Bethune, Dewitt, FP Journe, Fabergé, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hautlence, Hermès, Hublot, Jacob&Co, Jaquet Droz, Konstantin Chaykin, Laurent Ferrier & Urwerk, Louis Moinet, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, MCT, Montblanc, Moritz Grossmann, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rebellion, Ressence, Speake Marin, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Voutilainen, Zenith. Special projects: Agenhor & HEAD Genève, Wostep.