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Every other November, Christie’s partners with the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies to host Only Watch, an auction that’s crucial to raising funds (and awareness) in the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The progressive disorder, more commonly known as DMD, affects 1 in 3000 men, with symptoms manifesting as early as the age of four. It’s a problem that many watchmakers are serious about tackling, which invariably makes this biennial auction one of the most exciting and closely watched within the industry.
We’re still a ways from the actual sale date (9 November), but the 52-brand roster — a veritable who’s who of haute horology — includes everybody from Audemars Piguet to deep-cut independents like the brothers Grönefeld. All 50 lots have been crafted exclusively for Only Watch 2019, and while that makes each a unique piece, we couldn’t resist highlighting five of our favourites — no small feat given the good company they’re in!