Your watch collection is coming along famously. But you’re still seeking the latest timepieces, and you’re looking for the inside track.
When it comes to dialling up your watch detail each year, two events normally dictate the latest additions to your collection.
The SIHH and Baselworld might well be the industry stalwarts but closer to home, the return of Dubai Watch Week is set throw a flying tourbillon or two of its own into the mix.
The fourth edition of the event is back and this year it is a celebrating the twin themes of “innovation and technology” in watchmaking at The Gate, DIFC.
Running from November 20-24, and showcasing 30 brands, it will cast a spotlight on the aesthetics of watchmaking and the technological advances taking place in the industry.
Here are five things to see at Dubai Watch Week
Few names in the world of watches carry as much weight as Rolex.
One of the highlights of the week sees the legendary Swiss brand participating at a watchmaking event in the Middle East for the first time, put on a dedicated exhibition exploring the universe of the Oyster Perpetual Submariner.
The Submariner exhibition, through panel discussions and interactive displays, will highlight the story of how the classic divers’ watch developed over the years.
The Maison Chopard Exhibition
In partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Swiss watch and jewellery maker Chopard, will for the first time be present at Dubai Watch Week with a private exhibition area dedicated to its latest watch collection launched on October 1, the Alpine Eagle. The display offers guests an immersive journey to discover the unique Alpine Eagle environment.
Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve Exhibition (GPHG)
Separating the best from the rest.
The only globally recognised independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking, Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve Exhibition (GPHG), gives Dubai Watch Week guests the chance to discover the competition’s prize-winning models.
The annual travelling exhibition first came to Dubai in 2013, and followed that up with a visit to Dubai Watch Week.
The Watch Photo Awards
Local watch lovers were given the chance to stretch their creative muscles at
Dubai Watch Week, and the event will see the announcement of the winners of The Watch Photo Awards, the first annual international watch photography competition open to amateur watch lovers and professionals alike.
The competition was launched in February of this year and all winning photos will be published by Dubai Watch Week’s media partners, and will also feature in a special exhibition at the end of the year in Geneva, before going on to be showcased across several other cities.
Interactive Shows and Workshops
Collecting the world’s finest watches is one thing, but here’s your chance to brush up on your watchmaking expertise from some of the best in the business.
Watchmaking enthusiasts, clients, journalists and collectors are invited to view and admire the year’s finest watchmaking at close range.
Visitors to The Gate can rub shoulders with 50 leading figures in the industry and take part in 40 watchmaking workshops across the event’s five days.