Controversial? Not really because this Bell and Ross is symbolic of defiance in the face of peril. Note too that the skull, made up of white diamonds against a background of black diamonds, is smiling. Bell and Ross
Franck Muller decided to put a working roulette wheel in this timepiece to highlight Monaco and its casino. Franck Muller
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical, signed by French rally driver Sébastien Loeb. The case back features a map of the Monte Carlo racetrack. Cabestan
Watchmakers MB&F teamed up with with American artist Sage Vaughn for this. The butterfly, crafted of blue gold, sits on the bridge with its wings slightly clipped and is surrounded by gold barbed wire. It's a representation of the hope and destiny of DMD children. MB&F abd Sage Vaughn
This watch from Ulysse Nardin is called Freak Black Out. The Freak, unveiled in early 2001, is considered one of the most technically innovative watches designed and produced in the past 100 years. The Only Watch version is crafted in 18 carat white gold, with the bridges and metal parts treated with a stainless black titanium-based alloy. Ulysse Nardin
The energy for the movement of Tag Heuer's Monaco V4 is provided by four barrels in 2-by-2 series and linked to a differential with a V-shaped bridge. The company says that Monaco, motor racing and the audacity of Steve McQueen have all been integrated into it. TAG Heuer
The initial design of this King Power Foudroyante All Black from Hublot was created by Pierre, the nine-year-old son of the company's CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, in support of other children. The watch is a chronograph with split-time counter, with indications to one eighth of a second. Hublot
Omega has come up with un updated version of its Ploprof watch, which was worn in the 1970s by French diver Jacques Cousteau. The Only Watch version includes co-axial technology. Omega has been able to increase the guaranteed diving depth from 600m to 1,200m. Omega
Midnight in Monaco is the name of this piece from Van Cleef & Arpels. It comes in white gold and shows the exact position of the stars in the sky over Monaco as they are each day at midnight. Van Cleef & Arpels
This outstanding timepiece comes from the house of Patek Philippe in Geneva. It is a Celestial model in rose gold with date indication and exclusive guilloché pattern. Patek Philippe
This ceramic timepiece from Girard-Perregaux integrates two important complications: a world timer and chronograph. It has white luminous central hands that display the local time and an outer rotating ring displaying 24 world time-zone cities. Girard-Perregaux
Black Casino watch from Ateliers deMonaco. This tourbillon is one of the most precise in the world – the movement has a maximum deviation of between zero and two seconds in 24 hours. It is described as "a hybrid between modern technology and traditional craftsmanship". Ateliers de Monaco
The futuristic case is shaped like a spaceship in this Key To Time piece from the Confrérie Horlogère. With it, you can adjust the speed of time to your moods. You can halve or double the speed of time. Confrérie Horologère
Corum has created a unique version of its Ti-Bridge watch. The movement and case are in titanium. On the case back there is a quote from Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Only children know what they are looking for. Corum
Watch auction to raise money for rare genetic disease.
This content was published on August 24, 2009
August 24, 2009
An auction of 34 stunning and outstanding timepieces, the majority of them Swiss, is due to be held in September in Monaco to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating disease that affects one boy in 3,500. The pieces are unique, a prototype or first of a small series - hence the name Only Watch. (Pictures: Patrizzi & Co)
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