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Newsletter - Watch brands and collectors join forces in aid of a good cause

Newsletter Watch brands and collectors join forces in aid of a good cause

After marvelling at the new Opus and rewarding the best watches of the year, collectors this week have a chance to acquire some unique pieces in aid of a good cause at the Only Watch 2015 charity auction.

When I spoke to Stephen Forsey at the SIAR ahead of last week’s Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève, his main concern was that the jury take a much closer look at the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision during their deliberations, ideally using the eyeglass. By 8.30pm Swiss time last Thursday, we knew that they had, since this very timepiece was awarded the coveted Aiguille d’Or trophy for the best watch of the year (see the full results here).

“Jean-Claude Biver is a genius of the industry who rightly merits a biography”

Paul O'Neil

WorldTempus was proud to host the official after-party of the GPHG once again, with the generous support of RDI Charles Kaeser, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended, among whom many were kind enough to express their appreciation of this newsletter.

Like the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision, the new Opus 14 presented by Harry Winston last week belongs to a very exclusive club of watches whose price tags hover around the half a million Swiss franc mark. It’s a reminder that the very best of fine watchmaking can come at an eye-watering price, so I decided to counterbalance this and the pomp of the annual GPHG ceremony with a a reality-check on Sunday by visiting the annual watch market at the Museum of Watchmaking in La Chaux-de-Fonds to browse through some much more down-to-earth watches.

Exclusivity trumps price, at least to some extent, this week with the Only Watch 2015 charity auction in Geneva on Saturday, where 44 unique watches will go under the hammer in aid of the Monaco Association for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Read more about the auction and the special watches that have been donated by the participating brands in our special section and stay tuned to WorldTempus this coming Saturday for live coverage from the sale. The Only Watch auction will be immediately followed by the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction Two, as part of Aurel Bacs’s mammoth stint at the gavel next weekend.

For those who failed to find happiness in the results of the Grand Prix, the watch flea market, the Only Watch sale or the Phillips auction, we offer solace with our latest monthly competition, in which you can win an Emile Chouriet timepiece. As always, the answers to three simple questions about the brand are your only barrier to entry. Good luck!

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