1. Boucheron Epure Vague de Lumière
Taking its inspiration from Japanese art, the French jeweller infuses haute horlogerie with the art of jewellery making in its offering for the auction. Keen-eyed enthusiasts might recognise the wave motif reminiscent of Hokusai's famous woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, which features round and baguette diamonds on an aventurine glass background.
2. FP Journe Tourbillon Souverain Bleu
As far as first-timers go, FP Journe's debut entry into the Only Watch Auction this year is pretty impressive. The house's artisans crafted the tourbillon's case from Tantalum, an extremely difficult metal to work with, and it encases a blue chrome dial that changes colour as it catches the light. Finished off with an elegant alligator strap, this is one contribution to the auction serious watch collectors should keep an eye out for.
3. Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity
Featuring an off-centre hour-and-minutes display, along with Maurice Lacroix's world première of their "Vogue du Jura" decoration on the main bridge, the Masterpiece Gravity timepiece is a spectacular feat of horology.
4. Patek Phillipe Reference 5016A-010
Undisputably the heavyweight champion of the Only Watch Auction, Patek Phillipe's contribution to the auction is one of the highlights of the year. Reviving its iconic 5016 style, the blue-enameled dial with Breguet numerals pays homage to the brand's Grand Complication and is the only edition ever to be produced in stainless steel. It's truly a one-off piece and will almost certainly set off a bidding frenzy when it goes on the block.
5. Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d'ici & Heure d'ailleurs
With its contribution to the auction, the French luxury house pays homage to the sun-drenched kingdom of Monaco. The shade of blue on the watch takes its cues from the Mediterranean waters surrounding the bucolic seaside nation, and the subtle etchings on the dial, along with the calligraphic inscription in white, brings the gentle foam of ocean waves to mind. Sleek and masculine, this is one timepiece that brings the elegance of vintage styles into the modern era.
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