Every other year we at WristReview (along with the rest of the watch press) turn our attention to Only Watch, a charity auction that’s been happening every other year since 2005. Luc Pettavino founded it under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. The goal is simple: get many watch manufacturers to make one unique piece to give to auction. The proceeds of the said auction will go to researching Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
DMD is one of many types of Muscular Dystrophy, but according to the UK’s NHS, it’s one of the most common and most severe. It manifests as an inherited genetic disorder almost exclusively in males, which interferes with and mutates the genes responsible for the structure and functions of a person’s muscles. Rarediseases.org estimates that 1 in every 3500 live male births will suffer from DMD, and it estimates that there are a quarter of a million males affected by DMD in the United States. There is currently no cure for DMD, but there has been some promising research with results that could give hope to millions worldwide. Only Watch is dedicated to doing its part by raising awareness and raising funds for research, and with the brands involved, there’s bound to be plenty of people willing to spend for a chance to have a unique watch. Here’s a list of some of the participating brands this year:
F.P. Journe x Francis Ford Coppola
Girard-Perregaux x Bamford
Zenith x Felipe Pantone
We’ll be covering as many watches as we can from these brands from now up until the auction, which is due to take place on the 6th of November 2021 at Christie’s in Geneva.