Only Watch is a charity auction of unique luxury watches held every two years. The event coincides with the Monaco Yacht Show. The auction will be held on September 24 and prior to the auction the timepieces will be taken on a preview tour by the auctioneers. This event is relevant to this blog because the auction’s proceeds directly support ongoing research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). All funds raised at auction will be contributed to the Monegasque Association Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and support its related international research efforts focused on combating the degenerative genetic disorder.
In particular, I’d like to focus on the piece being donated by MB&F (Maximilian Büsser &Friends). This particular piece was created in collaboration with artist Sage Vaughn and stands as his interpretation of their Horological Machine No. 2. I find the story of the watchmaker and the artist inspiring. MB&F refers to their timepieces as “horological machines” and after visiting their site and taking a peek at the engineering they certainly seem to deserve a higher title.
The same can be said of Sage Vaughn. The butterfly and barbed wire theme is indicative of his artistic style and it’s pretty impressive to see his vision move effectively from canvas to chrome (or sapphire crystal in this case). In 2007, the auction of 35 unique timepieces raised the exceptional sum of $3,878,946.
Obviously these are not watches that most of us can afford. It’s just great to see an event on the other side of the world at a yacht show auctioning watches for hundreds of thousands of dollars that benefits the same cause. Every bit helps and we can all do something. We can download the Live Inspired app for 99¢. We can buy a “Darius Goes West” DVD for $20. We can buy a small gift from the Charley’s Fund online store or just make a donation. If we can’t give money we can donate time or expertise or effort.