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Countdown begins to Only Watch 2011

On September 23 2011, the Principality of Monaco will stage the world-famous charity watch auction “Only Watch”. Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 40 unique timepieces will be sold by leading horological auction house Antiquorum. The auction, held at 4 pm (GMT + 1) at the Hotel Hermitage, will draw international luxury watch connoisseurs as well as online and telephone bidders.

The world’s leading Superyacht show Monaco Yacht Show, part of Informa Plc, is co-organising Only Watch, together with the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Antiquorum.

The entire proceeds of the auction will be donated to support research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

For this fourth edition of the charity auction, 40 of the most prestigious and innovative Swiss watchmakers have each created a unique and special timepiece:

Audemars Piguet | Bell & Ross | Blu | Blancpain | Bovet Fleurier | Breguet | Celsius X Vi Ii | Chanel | Chaumet | Chopard | Corum | Cyrus | De Bethune | Delacour | Dewitt | Franck Muller | Frederique Constant | Girard-Perregaux | Glashütte Original | Harry Winston | Hermes | Hublot | Ikepod | Jaquet Droz | Laurent Ferrier | Louis Vuitton | Maurice Lacroix | Mb&F | Montblanc | Patek Philippe | Piaget | Richard Mille | Romain Jerome | Tag Heuer | Ulysse Nardin | Urwerk | Vacheron Constantin | Van Cleef & Arpels | Vulcain | Zenith

From August 30 to September 17, the Only Watch 2011 collection will be showcased in a world tour that will visit most of the world’s luxury watch collecting capitals: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Milan and Geneva.

The tour will close in Monaco with a three-day exhibition, September 21-23, at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Some of the world’s most innovative and renowned watchmakers have once again volunteered their help to support research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a highly debilitating neuromuscular disease that affects one boy in 3,500, approximately 250,000 children, teenagers and young adults around the globe.

Since the last edition of Only Watch, in September 2009, 2.5 million Euros were donated to 15 scientific partners and their teams, including 90 researchers and clinicians in 5 countries (France, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States).

Visit Only Watch at: http://www.onlywatch.com/