The big watch news of the week has been the announcement of the unique watches being auctioned off to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the seventh bi-annual instalment of Only Watch. And while everyone’s (rightly) excited about the Patek, F.P. Journe and Tudor unique pieces, we’re pretty sure that they’ll quickly move into the rarefied air of bajillionaire collectors.
If you’re interested in trying your luck at scoring a one-of-a-kind piece of horology here are five options that we suspect will hammer in within reach of mere mortals come November 11.
Konstantin Chaykin Joker
Russian independent watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin had a breakout Basel this year, thanks largely to his clever and charming Joker, with its clever disc based time display and moon phase tongue. This version has a zirconium case and unique dial. Estimate 10,000 – 15,000 CHF
Piaget Black Tie Vintage Watch
If we’re honest, we suspect this Piaget will sell above its estimate, but gosh is it stunning. The Black Tie case acts as a perfect golden frame for the Pietersite stone dial, which looks like something straight off the wall of The Getty. Estimate 30,000 – 50,000 CHF
Chronoswiss Flying Regulator “Red Passion”
Chronoswiss is a funny brand. Makers of quality timepieces and respected by those in the know, the brand has been a bit lost at sea and is in need of a refresh. Still, that doesn’t detract from how handsome this red regulator is. Estimate 9000 – 16,000 CHF
Girard-Perreguax Laureato 2017 Special Edition
There’s no doubt that bronze is a hot material in the Only Watch auction, with Montblanc and Tudor both offering bronze cases. We think this bronze Laureato might be the underdog out of those three. Estimate 15,000 – 18,000 CHF
Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente
Now, I’d normally expect Hermès to perform well in this sort of auction as the brand has a devoted following. Having said that though, last year’s pocket watch sold at the lower end of the estimate. So maybe lightning will strike twice with this titanium version of the Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente? Estimate 35,000 – 55,000 CHF
And in case you’re interested, this is what the 2015 Only Watch collection looked like, and you can find the amounts realised here.