Only Watch is a major international charity project that is sponsored by the Monegasque Association. The project holds a biennial auction of one-off luxury timepieces, with the proceeds of the auction going to benefit research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year’s auction was held November 9, and raised over 35 million Euros. Breguet, the luxury watch maker based in Paris, France, joined the effort, contributing a Type 20 watch.
The Type 20 watch is a reissue of a unique watch made by Breguet to memorialize both watchmaking and aviation. The watch was first delivered to the French Air Force and the Naval Air Force, and this new re-issue stays true to its origins. The dial recalls both the military model and the very rare civilian model, using a bronze color that was sold at the time. The 18.30mm case is made of steel and features unique curved horns with a lateral bevel. The crown is pear shaped.
For the movement, Breguet revisited the original movement, a Valjoux 235 13 lignes. Originally derived from the Valjoux 222 14 lignes, which was used in the 1950, the movement is manually wound and has a column-wheel chronograph. It also has a flyback function, which was the emblematic function of this particular watch and allowed the chronograph to be reset to zero with just a simple push of the lower button. The watch came on a soft, brown calfskin strap that accentuates the watch’s dial.
The Breguet Type 20 Only Watch was estimated at CHF 35,000 to 50,000, but at the end of the day brought in CHF 210,000. That amount contributed to Only Watch setting a new record in its proceeds. “Breaking records is obviously a source of price and happiness,” stated Luc Pettavino, the founder and organizer of Only Watch. “What a beautiful moment and emotion shared together. And what matters most today is the difference we are going to be able to make in research against muscular dystrophies and for hundreds of thousands of patients and families around the world for their lives to get better.”