Dubai Watch Week’s 2nd edition: Keeping education at the core

October 11, 2016 9:41 am

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    • Educational values remain at the core of the event
    • Mastery of Time travelling museum to land at The Dubai Mall
    • Master classes, workshops and a forum are among the other highlights of the event

Dubai-based luxury watches retailer and distributor, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, announced the second edition of the Dubai Watch Week, a leading horology event in the region.

Maintaining the non-commercial core values of the event, the Dubai Watch Week continues to hold education, art and the community close to its heart, with workshops, discussions and mentorship opportunities highlighting the event.

All these values comprise a comprehensive program of the Dubai Watch Week this year:

 Mastery of Time

This travelling museum is set to land at The Dubai Mall. It is curated by the Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) and displays significant timepieces that have a historic or scientific value or have become iconic throughout history.

The Mastery of Time timepieces will be showcased at the grand atrium in The Dubai Mall from the 15th to the 29th of November.

24 Hours in The Life of a Swiss Cuckoo Clock

Another initiative by FHH, this exhibition is curated by Alexandrea Midal, a professor at HEAD, University of Art & Design in Geneva, in collaboration with other students and staff at the university’s art school.

The display was held at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva last January. It will be showcased at the Fashion Catwalk in the Dubai Mall between from the 25th to the 20th of November.

HH Academy and Certification

A reintroduction to the mentorship programme from last year, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons

has announced another scholarship initiative, giving 12 watch-enthusiasts the opportunity to attend a four-day watch training that would be followed by a test to pass the HH Certification.

This allows the participants to even trade places with a watchmaker for a day to fully immerse themselves in the world of horology, becoming more familiar with the different parts of a watch, assembling a given movement and getting a mechanical watch to tick again.

This program is hosted by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and the door has already opened for interested candidates to apply.

Horological Movements

This exhibition focuses on movements and complications, the intricate mechanisms that make mechanical watches the amazing masterpieces they are. Its objective is to highlight the beauty and intricacy involved in the creation of renowned horological movements, such as tourbillions, perpetual calendars and chronographs.

The exhibition also provides brands with the opportunity to showcase their complications, so visitors can have a better understanding of the complications through each brand’s perspective.

The Horological Movements exhibition is curated by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, and will take place from November 15 to 19 at The Farjam Foundation & Opera Gallery, DIFC, Gate Village 10.

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG)

Curated by Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve, the GPHG are globally recognised independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking. The exhibition preceding the awards visited the Middle East for the first time in 2013 and returned for the first edition of the Dubai Watch Week.

This year, the exhibition will feature 17 winning models.

The exhibition will be held from November 15 to 19 in the Ayya Gallery, DIFC, Gate Village 10.


Watchmaking master classes

Held by some of the industry’s most respected watchmakers, these classes give the attendees and opportunity to learn the art of assembling timepieces. Each class can accommodate nine people and those interested can register to secure a seat.

The master classes are taking place from November 15 to 19 at different timings at The Arts Space Gallery, DIFC, Gate Village 10. They are by invitation only.


The Horology Forum

The Horology Forum brings leading watch curators, authors, historians, writers, collectors, brand and industry professionals under one roof to discuss the most pressing topics related to the industry.

This year, the Dubai Watch Week brings more than 30 international speakers covering relevant topics such as Smart watches, digital, history and other topics related to the value of a watch.

The forum will be held from November 16 to 19 at the Empty Quarter Gallery, DIFC, Gate Village 10.


Creative Hub

This is home to a series of talks designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation among members of the watch community. This includes a variety of subject matters, social media initiatives, creative writing workshops and new product launches, with several brands holding off their global launches to reveal them during the Dubai Watch Week.

The Creative Hub will be held at Socialista, DIFC, Gate Village 10 from November 16 to 19.

The event will be held in November across two locations: The Dubai Mall and DIFC. Its extensive programme promises to engage existing and emerging members of the watch community.

Dubai Watch Week is held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. It is organised by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.


AMEinfo Staff
By AMEinfo Staff
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