Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Unique Piece For Only Watch 2017: If Life Gives You Lemons . . .

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Oct 7, 2017 · 6 min read

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Since its launch in 2005, Only Watch has been one of the most — if not the most — significant auctions in the watch world. A biennial charity auction founded by Luc Pettavino, Only Watch is organized by the Monegasque Association Against Muscular Dystrophy (MAAMD) under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Brands donate unique timepieces to be auctioned; the proceeds are used completely to help finance research against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorder that affects around one in 3,500 boys, including Pettavino’s own son, who died of the disease in November 2016.

Fabergé is one of the 50 watch brands taking part in this year’s edition of Only Watch by Christie’s, which will be held in Geneva on November 11, 2017. And, as was to be expected in this particular year, the unique piece donated is a citronish twist on the Visionnaire Chronograph, the brand’s incredibly creative stopwatch for the wrist.

Thanks to its stunning color combination, Fabergé’s “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” predicate highlights the auction’s serious topic with a color scheme recalling that of Only Watch’s corporate colors; the picture-perfect chronograph is perfectly set to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” for Only Watch 2017

Fabergé chose the “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” predicate in order to dedicate the watch to the many people who have “bravely overcome adversity.”

What’s special? The AgenGraphe movement!

Ian Skellern’s comprehensive article provides an amazing in-depth breakdown of all of the technical feats, design considerations, and mechanical capabilities of AgenGraphe Caliber AGH-6361 in one place: The AgenGraphe By Agenhor: The Most Significant Chronograph Since . . . Since The Invention Of The Chronograph (With Videos).

View through the display back to the beautifully finished Agengraphe movement in the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph for Only Watch 2017
View through the display back to the beautifully finished Agengraphe movement in the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph for Only Watch 2017

View through the display back to the beautifully finished AgenGraphe movement in the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph for Only Watch 2017

The AgenGraphe chronograph movement offers a perfectly and intuitively readable display of elapsed time as well as hours and minutes. Readability has always been something of a problem with wrist timers, and the AgenGraphe solves it by using a completely new approach.

Nearly a decade ago Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his team at Agenhor began engaging in an earnest attempt to solve every problem from which automatic mechanical chronographs have suffered, evolving from the general idea that a movement could be expanded on the inside, thereby enveloping additional complications without increasing the size of the caliber.

The revolutionary Agengraphe chronograph movement powers the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
The revolutionary Agengraphe chronograph movement powers the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

The revolutionary AgenGraphe chronograph movement powers the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” unique piece for Only Watch 2017

So Agenhor developed the AgenGraphe movement using a cavity in the center of the caliber, which holds the chronograph mechanism. The automatic winding rotor never got in the way of any developments using this movement base because it was cleverly turned into a peripheral rotor rotating around the outside of the movement perimeter on the dial side (and sometimes visible through the dial depending on the model).

The biggest advantage: instantaneously readable display

The biggest advantage of all this is without the shadow of a doubt the fact that it allows for the chronograph’s seconds, minutes, and hours to be centrally located and concentrically rotating separate from the time indication.

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” for Only Watch 2017

This creates a perfectly intuitive read-off of elapsed time.

In other words, the chronograph display indicates the elapsed hours, minutes, and seconds in a way that perfectly mimics the conventional three-hand time display. Gone is having to collate the elapsed reading from separate subdials!

Marking a century since the Russian Revolution — no, I’m sorry, there is no timer (Easter egg?) hidden on the dial with this display — Fabergé has decided to initiate the next revolution: but in chronographs.

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” for Only Watch 2017

The winning bidder also has the opportunity to visit the workshops of Fabergé and its talented “workmaster” Agenhor if so desired — as well as winning the knowledge that this is the first example of the Visionnaire Chronograph Fabergé delivers to a client.

For more in-depth information on the chronograph concept, please see A Coaxial Vision Of Time: Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph.

For more information on this watch please see www.onlywatch.com/the-watches/faberge and/or www.faberge.com/timepieces/gentlemens-timepieces/faberge-visionnaire-chronograph.

Quick Facts Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .”
Case: 43 x 14.35 mm, black ceramic and DLC-coated titanium
Movement: automatic AgenGraphe Caliber AGH-6361 with dial-side rotor, twin spring barrels, 3 Hertz/21,600 vph, patented regulator
Functions: hours and minutes displayed by disks around dial perimeter; chronograph with elapsed hours, minutes, and seconds displayed on inner dial
Limitation: one unique piece
Estimated price: $28,000 — $48,000 / €24,000 — €43,000 / 27,000–47,000 Swiss francs

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