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July 14, 2013updated Sep 02, 2013

Only Watch 2013: Armin Strom

By Chris Boyle

armin strom_This September 28, Monaco will play host to the fifth edition of the ‘Only Watch’ charity watch auction benefiting research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Recognized as the world’s first ever charity watch auction, Only Watch is conducted by the watch auctioneers, Antiquorum.

33 of the world’s leading watch manufacturers are donating a unique timepiece specially created for the occasion, one of which will feature on Elite’s website every day leading up to this not-to-be-missed auction.

The proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, promoter of Only Watch with Antiquorum Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show, to help finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting 1 in 3,500 boys and therefore 250,000 children, adolescents, and young adults around the world.

From September 6, an international exhibit of the Only Watch collection of timepieces for men and women will also travel the world – Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York – and will be concluded by a presentation during the Monaco Yacht Show (September 25 to 28).

The Only Watch auction itself takes place on September 28 at 11am (GMT+1) in the ‘Salle Belle Epoque’ of the Hôtel Hermitage.


Equipped with the manual-wound ARM09 calibre, the Armin Strom One Week Skeleton Water Only Watch 2013 unveils its truly exclusive inner mechanics.

The crown wheels, visible from the dial side, can be clearly seen to move, when the movement is being wound.

This exceptional timepiece features modern forms of skeletonising in respect to the brand’s eponymous founder with designs integrated from early versions of the calibre, before they were entirely assembled in the manufacture.

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The sapphire case back, reveals the highly intricate level of component finishing: the gear-train bridge is hand-engraved in honour of the element Water – and completes this unique piece of art.

The Armin Strom One Week Skeleton Water Only Watch 2013 celebrates craftsmanship and pays homage to the Manufacture’s full spectrum of watchmaking skills.

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