Only Watch, the world's most prestigious charity auction, returns to its eighth edition in 2019 to continue raising awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and pursuing a cure for this genetic disorder that primarily affects male children.
MB & F participates for the fifth time in the Only Watch charity auction, donating one of its creations to be sold in support of the Monégasque contre les Myopathies Association.
All previous MB&F machines created for Only Watch were one-of-a-kind pieces from existing collections that incorporated auction-related visual elements. For this 2019 edition of Only Watch, MB & F and L'Epée 1839 have made the unprecedented choice to contribute an unreleased track, underlining the special nature of the auction.
'Tom & T-Rex' will be the first - and only one - example of the T-Rex watch co-created by MB & F and L'Epée, slated for general release at the end of August 2019.
Tom specifically represents children living with the degenerative disease which is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes the gradual loss of basic motor functions, including the ability to walk. Tom, who spends his waking days tied to an unfavorable reality, has found in T-Rex a friend who can take him on adventures beyond his wildest dreams.
T-Rex takes his little companion far into fantasy realms with the trembling footsteps of the mightiest of dinosaurs, under the fierce protection of an all-seeing cyborg eye. Made of hand-blown Murano glass, the “eyeball” also acts as a clock face.
T-Rex is a metaphor for the factors that underpin the daily existence of a sick child: the flights of the imagination that nourish the spirit and the scientific advances that will one day affect a long-awaited cure.
Despite being completely fixed in place, T-Rex's jointed legs, modeled directly on existing Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, using 3D scans of fossilized dinosaur skeletons as references, are deliberately placed to suggest energy and a sense of movement. A combination of sandblasted and polished surfaces directs the way light interacts with the T-Rex's body, so that the watch appears light and agile, ready to escape with its tiny passenger to a land where the disease has stopped. to exist.