ONLY WATCH 2013: See What Brands To Expect Wild Watches From Sales & Auctions

The Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour Replica Sirius Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton watch comes in stainless steel and 18K red gold. And compared to this routine Sirius Flying Grand Regulator watch from this past year, the instance size was expanded by 4mm to 44mm. Water-resistant to 30m, it’s also ever so slightly thicker at 12mm – since last year’s model was 11.8mm. There is also a sizable onion crown. All in all, the case is very classic in its layout and gives a very antique vibe.The key changes are on the dial. It’s skeletonized and this gives its owners an extremely clear view of the inner workings of the motion within – more on the movement later. At 12 o’clock is your sub-dial for your hours, and at 6 o’clock is the sub-dial for the moments. The 2 sub-dials have the identical floating effect as last year’s version, which gives the dial a three-dimensional quality.Both sub-dials have a unique funnel shape, but it is more apparent about the hours sub-dial, with translucent red varnish and white Roman numerals. In crimson, it stands out to the dial, helping legibility so that you understand which dial is much more important to read at a glance. Also intriguing is the small reverse minute scale beneath the central minute hand at the middle of the dial, as this permits the minutes to be easily read regardless of any subdial cutting off the second track. The minute and hour hands are rhodium-plated and diamond cut, while the hand was extended a red lacquer to give it some comparison.

We love the ONLY WATCH auction that takes place every other year in Monaco for the support of charity. Why do we love it? Well a range of participating watch brands produce totally unique watches that are auctioned off for charity (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy). The pieces are sometimes mere color variations on existing models, and sometimes they are radically new models that are production concepts or signs of things to come. In any event, they are all one-off pieces (with the exception of models that are “#1” in a limited edition). The brands do it for the massive media exposure and marketing opportunity.

UPDATE: See the aBlogtoWatch full list of Only Watch 2013 Watches.

2013 is the 5th edition of the Only Watch (administered and operated by auctioneer Antiquorum) auction and it will take place later in 2013 on September 28th. The participating brands will slowly release their Only Watch pieces until then. While more brands may be added later, here are the companies that we expect to see interesting timepieces from over the next several months:

  • Backes & Strauss
  • Bell & Ross
  • Blancpain
  • Breguet
  • Chanel
  • Chopard
  • ChronoSwiss
  • Christophe Claret
  • Corum
  • Cyrus
  • deLaCour
  • De Bethune
  • DeWitt
  • Franck Muller
  • Frédérique Constant
  • Girard Perregaux
  • Glasshütte Original
  • Harry Winston
  • Heritage Watch Manufactory
  • Hublot, Ikepod
  • Jaquet Droz
  • Ladoire
  • Laurent Ferrier
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Manufacture Royale
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • Montblanc
  • Patek Philippe
  • Piaget
  • Richard Mille
  • Roger Dubuis
  • Armin Strom
  • Ulysse Nardin
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Vulcain
  • Zenith

That is a huge number of brands and you can compare them to the all the pieces from the Only Watch 2011 auction. We look forward to sharing with you the auction pieces as they trickle out leading up to the event in September of 2013. onlywatch.com