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Only Watch 2019

Ateliers de Monaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297

Forged carbon and gold case tourbillon.

| By Xavier Markl | 1 min read |
Atelier DeMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297

For the 2019 edition of the biennial fundraiser for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Ateliers de Monaco is presenting a tourbillon watch encased in an innovative forged carbon and gold case. Carbon fibre, gold and resin are mixed together, placed in a mould, pressed and then heated to form a block. The case is then machined to obtain the desired shape. The end result is a unique, contrasting, unpredictable marbling pattern.

Atelier DeMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297

With its 44mm diameter, the Tourbillon Oculus 1297 features an off-centred hours and minutes display with Roman numerals and dauphine-style hands. It is riveted on a dark grey dial with a lozenge pattern in relief. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock is held under a sapphire bridge. This unique piece is powered by the automatic calibre DMC-980 entirely developed and manufactured in-house by Pim Koeslag and his team. The brand states that it operates with a rather impressive precision: it is regulated with a tolerance between 0 to 2 seconds per 24 hours. Turning the watch over, the movement can be appreciated through the exhibition caseback.

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The Ateliers de Monaco Oculus 1297 Only watch is presented on an integrated grey alligator leather strap secured with a folding buckle. For more information, please visit

Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the watches of the 8th edition will be auctioned by Christie’s on Saturday 9 November 2019. More details at

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