Only Watch, the bi-annual charitable watch exhibition organized under the patronage of Price Albert II of Monaco has just stopped at Christie’s in Dubai as part of its 10 city tour. The exhibit, which has raised over Dhs147 million since its inception in 2005, is designed to raise funds for the Monegasque Association Against Muscular Dystrophy to support the development of effective treatments for non-curable neurodegenerative diseases, such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Featuring one-of-a-kind timepieces from 50 of the world’s leading haute horology brands such as Bovet, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Hermes, Richard Mille, Boucheron, Faberge and more, the exhibit showcases some of the very best savoir faire in high watchmaking. The timepieces on display have specifically been designed to further Only Watch’s benevolent mission and you can expect to find rare collector’s items such as a Dhs10 million Patek Phillipe Grandmaster Chime with a reversible case that enables wears to choose between a rose gold and black ebony dial as well as Ulysse Nardin’s Exo-Skeleton X watch which was inspired by the mobility device used by those afflicted with motor impairments.
The three day exhibit will remain in Dubai until October 3, following which it will travel to 8 other cities before arriving in Geneva for the main auction event on November 7.
In a statement from the Palace of Monaco, Price Albert II comments, “Only Watch is a one-of-a-kind charity project which combines innovation and the guiding principle of creating beauty to do good. These two extremely precious values – creativity and generosity – are deeply rooted in Monegasque culture. Doing good in this case means putting all of our efforts to support scientific research to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that is, to this day, incurable.”
“What we do together on Only Watch is not just wishful thinking or good intentions. We are acting.The funds that we have raised over the past seven editions have been an incredible enabler for researchers all around the world to develop their science and get closer to a therapeutic solution for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They have been used in the creation of biotech companies dedicated to drug discovery and preclinical development, they financed academic research, “says Luc Pettavino, President of Monegasque Association Against Muscular Dystrophy.
The Only Watch Exhibit runs from October 1– 3 at Christie’s, DIFC in Dubai.