The 8th Only Watch auction took place in Geneva on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
The Patek Philippe first and only Grandmaster Chime in steel was sold for CHF 31 million, fetching the highest price in this 2019 auction and becoming The Most Expensive Watch In The World.
The first and only Grandmaster Chime in steel – a very rare metal in the Genevan manufacture’s collection and particularly uncommon for a grand complication.
Launched in 2014 on the occasion of the company’s 175th anniversary, the Grandmaster Chime became part of the manufacture’s regular collection in a white-gold version in 2016. The most complex Patek Philippe wristwatch features 20 complications, including five acoustic functions, two of which are patented global premières: an alarm that strikes the preprogrammed alarm time and a date repeater that sounds the date on demand. The double-face case with the guilloched hobnail pattern is endowed with a patented reversing mechanism.
Apart from its steel case, the Ref. 6300A-010 Grandmaster Chime, created explicitly for Only Watch 2019, stands out with its golden opaline and ebony-black dials as well as the inscription “The Only One” on the subsidiary alarm time dial at 12 o'clock, a further hallmark of its exclusivity.
In 2017, at the 7th Only Watch auction, the Patek Philippe first and only titanium version of the Ref. 5208, was sold for CHF 6.2 million, fetching the highest price of the 2017 auction and becoming the second-highest successful bid since the Only Watch auction series was launched. The previous top bid record was also held by a Patek Philippe timepiece – the Ref. 5016 in stainless steel that was sold for CHF 7.3 million in 2015.
Only Watch is a charity auction that has been taking place every two years since 2005. The proceeds benefit the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies AMM). They help fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that befalls one out of every 3500 children, adolescents, or young adults around the world.
キャリーバー300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM。手巻機械式ムーブメント。チャイム機構隔離（ON/OFF）表示。 第2タイムゾーン。 第2タイムゾーン昼夜表示。曜日、日付（文字盤両面）、月、閏年を指針表示。4桁の年を窓表示。24時間時・分表示。リュウズの位置表示（R A H）。
ギヨシェ装飾クルー・ド・パリを施したステンレススチール・リバーシブルケース。非防水（湿気・埃にのみ対処）。ゴールド植字ブレゲ数字を備えたローズゴールドの前面文字盤。エボニーブラックの裏面文字盤。18金ソリッドゴールドの文字盤プレート。ラージ・スクエアのハンドステッチ・アリゲーター・バンド、カラーはブリリアント・ブラック。折り畳み式バックル。ケース径：47.7 mm。厚さ：16.07 mm。