timepieces AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI69 Richard MilleRM025 Watchmaking genius Richard Mille can always be relied on to come up with an exciting new take on an existing theme, and his version of a dive watch is no exception. The remarkable RM 025 ( left) measures 50.7mm in diameter and includes tourbillon and chronograph functions as well as power reserve and torque indicators. Crammed with high- tech materials such as carbonnanofibre, the watch is water- resistant to 300metres and the bezel alone is made from three separate components and secured by no fewer than 24 titanium screws. www. richardmille. com OmegaPloProf Back in 1970 Omega introduced its Seamaster 600 dive watch that came to be known as the PloProf model, a contraction of the words plongeurs professionels. While other brands were using helium escape valves to solve the problem of the watch crystal bursting off during decompression due to helium absorption, Omega worked on producing an impenetrable case, creating a vacuum inside the PloProf that would prevent air from penetrating it for 1,000 years. Omega has now recreated the watch ( right) which has its winding crown at the nine o'clock position and a vertical safety button on the right of the case to lock the rotating bezel. www. omegawatches. ch Harry Winston Ocean GMT Traveler Harry Winston always impresses at the Baselworld watch fair with its latest Opus concept model, and this year's tells the time with a pair of diamond chains that revolve around the dial. Each chain is fitted with a garnet, one to mark the hour, one to mark the minute. Far more practical, however, is the lovely new Ocean GMT Traveler, ( left) an automatic tourbillon with a large and small dial for home and local time respectively, and a jumping city display. Just 80 will be made in each of rose and white gold, with another 45 set with diamonds. www. harrywinston. com Marcus Margulies ( Chairman, Time Products) Urwerk Marcus Margulies favourites include the Hublot King Power Chrono Tourbillon All Black " It is a lovely cross between technology and sport"; the Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon " Technically the finest in the world and one of the most complicated watches"; and Urwerk ( pictured): " Urwerk creates contemporary horlogerie that preserves the handmade crafts of traditional watchmaking while giving full expression to futuristic technologies and contemporary art." Robert Maron( Chairman, Antiquorum) Rolex " So many fine watches pass through my hands that it is hard to choose. In fact, as an obsessive watch collector it is even harder to decide what to wear on my wrist most of the time!" says Maron. " My go-to watch for years has been a vintage Daytona - all kinds, gold, steel, pushers and screw- downs especially on the gold models. On another note, I really enjoy wearing Patek Philippe - in fact my summer watch this year happens to be an 18K Ref 5065 on a rubber strap."
70Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 " W hat we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." Albert Pine Only Watch is a charity auction which is held every two years at the Monaco Yacht Show under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II. This year's auction will be held at 6pm on the 24 September. All the proceeds of the sale go to support research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Luc Pettavino, President Association Monegasque Contre les Myopathies / Managing Director Monaco Yacht Show, explains: " Only Watch is an exceptional charity auction. It's also a unique occasion for a Chief of State, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Watch Manufacturers, an Auction House, Collectors, Lovers of Beauty, Press and Media... women and men from different hori-zons to take part into a project to protect and extend human life; and more precisely, to notably contribute to therapeutic treat-ments of a still incurable disease that affects tens of thousands of children across the world. Part of the child we all were still lives in us. And our duty as adults is to not forget about him or her by offering another child, thanks to these numerous talented contributions, the possibility to project himself into the future and grow. One of the challenges of the 21st century is to repair genes responsible for serious illnesses like DMD. Only Watch 05 and 07 provided exceptional fund- raising opportunities (? 1.9 million and ? 2.7 million respectively) giving Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies the extraordinary privilege to significantly support and coordinate various international research teams working on this pathology. The link between luxury watches, yachting, and the Monaco Yacht Show is a natural one. We speak the same language: unique products, exclusivity, search for excellence, rare know how, precision in the making, tradition and innovation... and I have rarely seen a yacht user or a yacht owner without exceptional watches at their wrists." " This edition has been a pleasant surprise for all of us," says Osvaldo Patrizzi of Patrizzi & Co. " On the one hand, we find pres-tigious manufacturers that are evolving and yet working in the purest of tradition, producing excellent instruments of the high-est technologies and design, guided by reputations that have been established from decades of impeccable products. On the other hand, we find a new generation of entrepreneurs whose idea of the evolution of classic horology no longer regards the watch as a practical or precious object, but rather, imagining the watch as an artistic, miniature masterpiece - a mechanical sculpture to be worn. There is splendid Kinetic Art that searches for a new clientele among the great modern art lovers of the world, where ' art in motion' is their passion. For me, this has been a true revelation and not only is a pleasure but an honour." The 2009 creations are truly special and we hope that the money collected on September 24th will allow the Monaco Association Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to finance another year of work of the 15 researchers and clinicians. www. patrizziauction. com Only Watch Thirty four of the world's leading watch brands have come together, each donating a unique watch - the first in their series - to be sold at the Monaco Yacht Show ?