The Only Watch 2021 charity auction just finished up in Geneva a few hours ago, and we have final results on how the 53 lots fared. With a total of CHF 30M ($32,100,000) raised for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, this year’s results came shy of 2019’s CHF 38.6M but let’s remember that 31M of that year’s total came from the Patek Grandmaster Chime.
Still, it was once again Patek Philippe that came out with the biggest sale of the night as the Complicated Desk Clock went for an impressive CHF 9.5M. In addition to the Patek Desk Clock, there were four other lots that broke the six-figure mark: the F.P. Journe x Francis Ford Coppola FFC Blue came in second with CHF 4.5M; the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” in titanium followed with CHF 3.1M; the Richard Mille RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc prototype at CHF 2.1M; and the De Bethune x Kari Voutilainen Kind of Magic came in at CHF 1.3M.
While they didn’t hit the six-figure mark (in Swiss Francs, at least), a few came very close. The Akrivia Chronometre Contemporain II fetched CHF 800,000, the Moser Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon went for CHF 750,000, and the Tudor Black Bay GMT One fetched CHF 650,000 (almost 100X its CHF 4-8k estimate).
And how did the aBlogtoWatch team’s favorite picks fare? In addition to the Journe, Ariel was keen on the Zenith x Felipe Pantone Defy Double Tourbillon which fetched CHF 480,000, and the MB&F HM10 Panda which closed for CHF 620,000, well over the respective estimates of CHF 180-220k and CHF 100-150k. David liked the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar (CHF 280,000) and the Konstantin Chaykin Martian Tourbillon (CHF 290,000) both of which also exceeded their respective estimates (notice a pattern here?) of CHF 80-120k and CHF 40-60k.
Sean chose the TAG Heuer Carbon Monaco (CHF 290,000) and Girard-Perregaux Casquette (CHF 80,000), which also easily blew past their CHF 50-100k and CHF 10-20k estimate, the latter of which for the GP was almost comically low. Zach’s Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono (CHF 80,000) and Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante ‘Sunrise’ (CHF 240,000) also handily exceeded the CHF 30-50k and CHF 60-90k estimates. And, my personal choice of the Krayon Anywhere (CHF 320,000) easily went for a multiple of the CHF 95-120k estimate.
You can see the full results of the auction here on Christie’s, though they do list the prices with premium included. Congrats to all the lucky winners but especially to Luc Pettavino and Only Watch for raising this money for research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. You can learn more about the auction at onlywatch.com