10 million Euros raised at Only Watch 2015 in Geneva
ONLY WATCH, the world-renowned charitable fundraiser for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, held every two years since 2005, totaled 10,430,798 Euros, making it the most successful edition to date.
The much awaited 6th edition of the charity auction took place on November 7th at La Réserve in Geneva in the presence of watch manufactures representatives, collectors and philanthropists, more than 300 people in the room, in addition to numerous bidders online and by phone. The 44 unique watches were sold under the hammer of watch expert Aurel Bacs.
Participating watch brands
Armin Strom, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F.Bücherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, De Bethune, De Grisogono, Dewitt, FP Journe, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jacob&Co, Jaquet Droz, Leroy, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Rebellion, Richard Mille, Speake Marin, Thomas Mercer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Voutilainen, Vulcain, Zenith
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco: “Since its creation, I support Only Watch, an inspiring altruistic project initiated by the “Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies”. I warmly thank all the people associated to this initiative. I have no doubt this new extraordinary result will continue to accelerate research and give hope to patients suffering from this severe condition.”
The packed auction room today at La Réserve in Geneva - Photo: Christian Pfahl - www.calixte.ch
Luc Pettavino, President of Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (AMM) and Founder of Only Watch: “I want to thank everyone who has been helping us so generously to make this 2015 edition a new amazing success and in particular: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the 44 watchmakers, the co-organizers Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo (Mercury Group) and the Monaco Yacht Show, the partners, the collectors and the donators. Thanks to Only Watch, we have been able, for the past ten years, to play an active role in fundamental and applied research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This fantastic result will allow us to strongly continue targeting a cure on this severe disease.”
Aurel Bacs, Co-Founder of Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo: “It has been a privilege for us to have hosted the 6th edition of Only Watch, and to have been able to play a part in supporting such a worthy cause. This project has seen the world of watches come together with incredible generosity, not least the 44 manufacturers who donated unique timepieces.”
Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Monaco Yacht Show: “What a fantastic way to celebrate Only Watch 10th anniversary. This result is the translation of a hard work from all contributors to this charity event. And the Monaco Yacht Show is a proud co-organizer of it since 2005.”
Luis Garcia, Biologist, Director of Research: “The scientific community thanks the Only Watch initiative whole heartedly for the great means given to research. We all hope and do our very best to translate the current researches into clinics.”
About Only Watch
Since 2005, brands from luxury groups and independent craftsmen have enthusiastically collaborated with Only Watch for a common goal: financing research against Duchenne muscular Dystrophy.
This synergy is supported since day one by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and driven by the sincere commitment shown by all CEOs, their teams, and many partners, truly concerned by helping this noble cause. In five editions, Only Watch has enabled the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies to contribute to significant advances in research over the last 10 years. To this day, scientists and clinicians working on this genetic disease agree that the Exon skipping seems to give the best chance of success. As we approach an important milestone, research units remain hungry for more funds to maintain a fluid flow of process and facilitate progress. Only Watch will continue to make their work easier and allow research to convey hope as well as concrete results.
Only Watch 2015 is organised by Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, Monaco Yacht Show and Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo.