Under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco
After the summer break, on September 23rd, was inaugurated the last stage of an exceptionnal charity auction involving the forty most prestigious watchmakers as well as a few independant designers for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy : the “Only Watch 2011”.
The Salle Belle Epoque of Hotel Hermitage in Monaco was transformed into a magnificient auction room where each watchmaker proposed a unique masterpiece to raise the bids.
Aware that the results of the auction were dedicated to financing clinical tests and developping new research projects on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, all watchmakers have excelled in imagination and artistic skills to express their human warmth and solidarity vision.
Savor the moment : a musical poetry
A unique creation specially made for “Only Watch 2011” by Breguet: the classical Grande Complication assorted with a white gold Réveil Musical N°506. It shows a child’s hand receiving the outstretched hand of an adult, vividly symbolising solidarity and support for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
From this totaly engine-turned by hand watch, which enters in motion when the patented music box-type mechanism is activated, emerges an extreme kindness: a full rotation is completed so that the child’s hand could reach the adult’s one, while the Réveil is playing the tune of “Castle in the sky”.
Under its classical appearance, this watch brings the latest innovations of the manufacturer with its 0900 calibre : a silicon escapement settled in 2010 as well as its musical awakening revealed this year.
Honour the place : drawing brilliance
Blancpain also banked on its decorative know-how, to offer this “Villeret Grande Décoration” which features on its watchcase the Monegasque Prince’s Palace.
Traditionalism and sobriety for this watch which will only reveal its exclusivity to its proud owner, the decorated face of it, being in contact with the skin.
Monaco also inspired Jaquet Droz who proposed an enamel painted on watch, featuring a sunny view of the harbour, looking like a real postcard.
Arnaud Lallemant, Septembre 2011
Translation : Sandrine Deméré Parot
Photos credit : Blancpain, Breguet, Chanel, Jaquet Droz, Piaget