The Minutes: All The News From Day 1 Of Dubai Watch Week 2019
Dubai Watch Week is in its fourth, and most ambitious edition yet, bringing together watch brands, collectors, enthusiasts and experts from all over the world.
A celebration of the fine art of horology, it offers the chance to see not only the latest releases from the world’s finest mechanical watchmakers – including Rolex, Breitling, Hublot and IWC – but also access to panels, demonstrations and the Dubai Watch Week Forum.
Follow GQ Middle East for the latest news, watch releases and general gossip from Dubai Watch Week.
Day 1 kicked off with a press conference hosted by representatives of Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons, Christies auction house, the Swiss ambassador and DIFC. This was the time to scan the event list, plan your moves and compile your schedule accordingly. This one is all about finding time for your favourite brands, while also hitting up a slection of panel talks and forums, boosting your watch smarts in the process.
Hosted by industry experts, the forum aims to demystify the often daunting world of fine watches. Case in point? The first panel, hosted by watch writer Robin Swithinbank on the phenomenon of The List. It's no longer enough simply to have the money to buy a fine watch. Nowadays you have to be on the list to even be in with a chance of buying one. How has this happened? Can you get yourself on there and who do you talk to about doing so? All these questions and more will be answered.
Look out for the latest news and releases on watches in the middle east over the next week but in the meantime, here is a super tight edit of the best watches we saw on the opening morning of Dubai Watch Week.
Hublot Classic Fusion GT3D
Hublot's Classic Fusion draws on its Ferrari associations with a carbon fibre body making it ultra-light (it also comes in a heavier rose gold, pictured above), prancing horse engraving and a floating body. We're highlighting it here because of the upcoming Grand Prix and the fact that this is an elegant balance between watchmaking excellence and wearabaility.
IWC Portofino Tourbillon Retrograde
Hand-wound and offering up to 6 days of power (as denoted by the dial on the right of the face) IWC's Tourbillon is a thing of beauty.
Breitling Aviator 8
Launched earlier this year in partnership with Etihad, Breitling's Aviator 8 features Arabic numerals and an Arabic date. You get Breitling's robust but understated watchmaking, made local.
Bell & Ross BR05 Blue Steel
Bell & Ross' BR05 series was so popular when it was released in the Middle East that it sold out on pre-order. In wacthes, it's often not how much you've got but rather who you know. This Blue Steel represents a second chance to get one of Bell & Ross' most coveted designs on your wrist.