When creativity, innovation, technology, and community join together in service of a worthwhile cause, the results can be breathtaking, even life-changing.
In 2005, philanthropist Luc Pettavino, with the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, created Only Watch to raise money for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This was an intensely personal endeavor for Pettavino and his wife, as the genetic disease, which affects one in 3,500 boys, afflicts his son Paul.
Each year, Only Watch raises funds for DMD research by auctioning extraordinary one-off timepieces from the world’s most famous luxury watchmakers. The charitable event has been enthusiastically embraced by watch brands, industry insiders, and collectors; so much so that since its inception, the Association Monéegasque contre les Myopathies, the charitable organization behind Only Watch, has raised nearly 100 million Euros, leading to significant progress in understanding the disease.
For collectors in particular, it’s important to note that in the past, watches presented at Only Watch have later appeared as production models. As an example, Tudor’s entry this year uses a prototype chronograph movement, which may hint at more chronographs in their future.
Feldmar and Only Watch
For 2023, 19 brands Feldmar is proud to carry are participating in Only Watch:
- Bell & Ross
- Carl F. Bucherer
- Frederique Constant
- Jaquet Droz
- Maurice Lacroix
- TAG Heuer
- Ulysse Nardin
A Closer Look
Here’s a closer look at what some of our favorite brands will have on display for Only Watch 2023.
Bell & Ross BR 03 Cyber Rainbow
How’s this for a wow factor: A titanium case ornamented with a varnished, neon rainbow stained glass design; a truly original 3D skeleton movement with oscillating weight, bridged with micro-blasted metal that mirrors the look or the case; and a rubber strap that continues the stained-glass color scheme.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Marble
Yes, marble. The case and bracelet of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Marble are DLC treated titanium coated with a layer of stunning green Verdi Alpi marble. Even the dial is treated with marble, with a window that reveals the complex tourbillon movement. There has literally never been a watch quite like this.
Frederique Constant X Christiaan van der Klaauw Tourbillon Planetarium Only Watch 2023
A truly unique collaboration between innovative watch powerhouse Frederique Constant and independent Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw has yielded a one-of-a-kind, out of this world timepiece. In place of a perpetual calendar, the watch includes an actual planetarium that accurately displays the orbital period of six different planets in the solar system.
Ressence Type 12 Only Watch 2023
In a world filled with complex, innovative watch designs, this watch takes it to another, more inspirational level, one filled with hope. The DNA-inspired dial symbolizes the pursuit of a DMD cure, with Ressence’s unique revolving discs aligning each Sunday at midnight to show a healthy DNA chain. Crafted in polished grade 5 titanium, with a double-domed sapphire crystal top.
TAG Heuer Monaco Rattrapante Only Watch
This may take inspiration from the iconic 1969 Monaco case design, but TAG Heuer’s very first rattrapante—a complex chronograph movement with an additional seconds hand—makes a stunning statement. The TAG Heuer Institute created the case’s texturized titanium for this timepiece. One final prize to sweeten the deal: The buyer of this watch receives an all-expense paid trip to the 2024 Monaco Formular 1 Grand Prix. Watch aficionados, start your engines.
Tudor Prince Chronograph One
Tudor’s usual emphasis is on classic design, reliability, and rugged, long-lasting materials, and all of that is in effect with this timepiece. But with their 2023 Only Watch contribution they’ve really pushed the envelope—solid yellow gold construction, and an entirely new, prototype manufacture chronograph movement visible through the open case back.