The eighth release of the biennial pledge drive for research on Muscular Dystrophy will occur on Saturday 9 November 2019 in Geneva, where one of a kind watches made by a portion of the world’s best watchmakers will be unloaded. We took some time in Baselworld to meet its organizer Luc Pettavino, President of the “Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies”, to talk about the new version and its programme.
How did you start Only Watch?
I was the coordinator of the Monaco Yacht Show. In 1999, not long before the Yacht Show, I saw a TV program with Jean-Claude Biver. At the Yacht Show, Jean-Claude was visiting Wally Yachts, I went to present myself and Blancpain turned into a patron of the Yacht Show. This is the means by which I became acquainted with the Swatch Group. I had just made some themed noble cause barters dependent on expressions or extraordinary manifestations from different brands (proofreader’s note, Luc Pettavino’s late child, Paul, experienced solid dystrophy). In 2004, I thought I was adding to investigate yet that we could do much more, have a significant effect, accomplish something more grounded. I went to see Mr Hayek educating him regarding actually just for me Watch and asking him in the event that he would take an interest. He responded to me, ‘We should do it! You have the help of the Swatch Group yet then take a quick trip and see our associates, we should be all together on this project!” I knew Yves Piaget from Monaco. Then, I just Googled ‘watch closeout’ and the primary name that sprung up was Antiquorum. I called Osvaldo Patrizzi. What’s more, presto… It all began like that.
Can you enlighten us concerning Only Watch and this new edition?
Since 2005, Only Watch has permitted us to gather over EUR 35 million gratitude to the help of more than 50 brands. The supports gathered are totally given to logical and clinical examination on neuromuscular infections all in all, and on Duchenne strong dystrophy in particular.
As for the past releases, the occasion is coordinated under the support of HSH The Prince of Monaco. The assortment will go under the mallet of Christie’s once more. They are truly incredible accomplices. Numerous other accomplices are charitably bringing their help and ability, on account of them, 99% of continues go straightforwardly to explore projects.
We’ll have around 50 brands again this year. Furthermore, they currently comprehend what is the issue here. They express their transparency of heart by offering the product of their work. Just Watch is tied in with making magnificence to do great. The pitch is the equivalent for everyone, this is the space of imagination given and there are never unique prerequisites from the brands. Furthermore, they create tremendous special pieces.
We are truly glad to arrange this eighth release all together. We have a great reaction from brands, a few newcomers and some really remarkable watches made for this new version. There are incredible astonishments and coordinated efforts between brands once more. These will be disclosed on the 1st of July at 15:00 Geneva time.
Can you inform us concerning the world tour?
We are fortunate to have such a variety of donators. At standard watch barters, you normally see a dominant part of gatherers offering on vintage watches. With Only Watch it is unique. You have a wide scope of donators. This is one reason why, for the world visit, we chose Christie’s salesrooms, yet additionally retailers and occasions in Monaco, Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Geneva. We’ll begin in Monaco during the Yacht Show. The bartering will happen in Geneva at the Four Season’s Hotel des Bergues on November 9th.