Independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin just confirmed he will be one of the entrants in the 6th Only Watch charity auction. The auction, organized by the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies was established in 2005 and held every 2 years during the Monaco yacht show, features a collection of modern watches donated by manufactures to benefit research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The charity event is always highly anticipated as each watch has to be special in some way, some manufacturer's change a dial colour or donate a special limited series number, while others embrace the opportunity to do something completely different. The 4th and 5th Only Watch auctions were dominated by specially made Patek Philippe watches (a steel Ref.3939 and a titanium Ref.5004) that smashed expectations. Independent manufacturer MB&F is another manufacturer that really embraces the charity auction and usually donates something exceptional and unique, as does Richard Mille, who in 2010 donated the watch worn by tennis star Rafa Nadal, sweat and all, and in 2012 the watch sprinter Yohan Blake controversially wore while competing in the 2012 Olympic games.
The above picture was recently posted to the Only Watch Facebook page confirming Peter's participation and the auction date of September 26, 2015. What is missing from the posters, for me, is just as interesting as the announcement. Previously Antiquorum auctioneers produced the catalog, organized the preview events and hosted the auction (with the exception of a brief stint when the now defunct Patrizzi Auctions gave it a go), however, as the Antiquorum logo is missing from the above banner, will we see a change for 2015?
Although as of today the website only has 2013 details, keep checking www.onlywatch.com for updates.