15th-19th November, 2016

Where the world unites for a moment in time

2016 Week Schedule

2016 Schedule

Registration for Dubai Watch Week opens from 20 September 2016

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Presented by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the only globally recognized independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking, the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” (GPHG) made its inaugural visit to Dubai in 2013, with a subsequent visit organized during the first edition of Dubai Watch Week. This year, the annual travelling exhibition will enable Dubai Watch Week attendees to discover the competition’s prize-winning models. Watchmaking connoisseurs and enthusiasts, clients, journalists and collectors are invited to discover and admire the year’s finest watchmaking creations and to share moments of horological culture at 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève exhibition in Dubai. For more information on Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and to view the preselected watches, please visit www.gphg.org

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The Mastery of time

The Dubai Mall

Curated in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), The Mastery of Time is a fascinating retrospective display of significant timepieces through the ages. The exhibition will present certain watches and clocks that are important from a historical or scientific point of view and illustrate how man, in constant search of greater precision, has continued to produce increasingly complex and beautiful objects. With an educative aspect in mind, the exhibition is also designed to educate mall visitors on the story behind watchmakers and the tale of each brand. 

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The clockwork and décor of cuckoo clocks have always been emblematic of the precise, meticulous work associated with the image of Swiss savoir-faire. Another initiative from FHH, 24 Hours In The Life Of A Swiss Cuckoo Cluck, an exhibition curated by Alexandra Midal, puts a contemporary spin on this iconic Swiss timekeeping emblem through 24 modern interpretations by students and staff at HEAD-Genève art school. The project involved participation from 18 Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories Bachelor’s and Master’s course students and Spaces & Communication Master’s course students, as well as six HEAD teachers. 

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Dubai Watch Week in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons will be hosting a unique exhibition focusing on movements and complications. The objective of the exhibition is to highlight the beauty and intricacy involved in the creation of various renowned horological movements such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars and chronographs. The exhibition will also provide brands with the opportunity to showcase the extent of their complications and present their exceptional timepieces along with a sample of the complication and movements that best represents the brand. The aim of this exhibition is to engage the clients and to give visitors a better understanding of the value of complications through each brand’s perspective.

15:30 - 16:30

Master Class

The surname “Preziuso” means “precious” in Italian, and Antoine came to appreciate the precious nature of time from a very early age. His fascination with watchmaking made him eager to begin training in this field, and by the age of 21 this young man in a hurry had graduated at the top of his class as a fully qualified watchmaker and restorer.

Through over a decade and a half spent working for some of the most prestigious brands in the watch industry, as well as for the specialised horological auctioneering house Antiquorum, for the Geneva Watch Museum, and for collectors in general, Antoine Preziuso consistently cultivated his twin fields of interest: restoring antique timepieces to their former splendour; and creating sophisticated watches housing major horological complications.

Always dedicated to research into new materials he became the first watchmaker to feature meteorite in his timepieces – setting a stellar trend that shows no sign of diminishing.

Booking closed

16:30 - 17:30

Master Class

The surname “Preziuso” means “precious” in Italian, and Antoine came to appreciate the precious nature of time from a very early age. His fascination with watchmaking made him eager to begin training in this field, and by the age of 21 this young man in a hurry had graduated at the top of his class as a fully qualified watchmaker and restorer.

Through over a decade and a half spent working for some of the most prestigious brands in the watch industry, as well as for the specialised horological auctioneering house Antiquorum, for the Geneva Watch Museum, and for collectors in general, Antoine Preziuso consistently cultivated his twin fields of interest: restoring antique timepieces to their former splendour; and creating sophisticated watches housing major horological complications.

Always dedicated to research into new materials he became the first watchmaker to feature meteorite in his timepieces – setting a stellar trend that shows no sign of diminishing.

Booking closed

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The Mastery of time

The Dubai Mall

Curated in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), The Mastery of Time is a fascinating retrospective display of significant timepieces through the ages. The exhibition will present certain watches and clocks that are important from a historical or scientific point of view and illustrate how man, in constant search of greater precision, has continued to produce increasingly complex and beautiful objects. With an educative aspect in mind, the exhibition is also designed to educate mall visitors on the story behind watchmakers and the tale of each brand. 

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The clockwork and décor of cuckoo clocks have always been emblematic of the precise, meticulous work associated with the image of Swiss savoir-faire. Another initiative from FHH, 24 Hours In The Life Of A Swiss Cuckoo Cluck, an exhibition curated by Alexandra Midal, puts a contemporary spin on this iconic Swiss timekeeping emblem through 24 modern interpretations by students and staff at HEAD-Genève art school. The project involved participation from 18 Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories Bachelor’s and Master’s course students and Spaces & Communication Master’s course students, as well as six HEAD teachers. 

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Dubai Watch Week in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons will be hosting a unique exhibition focusing on movements and complications. The objective of the exhibition is to highlight the beauty and intricacy involved in the creation of various renowned horological movements such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars and chronographs. The exhibition will also provide brands with the opportunity to showcase the extent of their complications and present their exceptional timepieces along with a sample of the complication and movements that best represents the brand. The aim of this exhibition is to engage the clients and to give visitors a better understanding of the value of complications through each brand’s perspective.

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Presented by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the only globally recognized independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking, the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” (GPHG) made its inaugural visit to Dubai in 2013, with a subsequent visit organized during the first edition of Dubai Watch Week. This year, the annual travelling exhibition will enable Dubai Watch Week attendees to discover the competition’s prize-winning models. Watchmaking connoisseurs and enthusiasts, clients, journalists and collectors are invited to discover and admire the year’s finest watchmaking creations and to share moments of horological culture at 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève exhibition in Dubai. For more information on Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and to view the preselected watches, please visit www.gphg.org

09:00 - 10:00

Master Class

Graduated from the Watchmaking School of Paris in 1981, Vianney Halter spent the first ten years of his professional life with the restoration of old clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches. This enabled him to acquire a broad knowledge about the art of horology.

In 1998, Vianney created his own brand. Since then, he has thrice received the prestigious GPHG award (2003, 2011 and 2013). His latest creation: the Deep Space Tourbillon features a triple axis tourbillon. This watch is said to be ’the fourth dimension’ for deep space voyagers.

 

Booking closed

10:00 - 11:00

Panel

Whether it’s long form essays, blog entries, Instagram posts or published manuscripts, there are many ways to talk about watches. This panel will bring together a collective of watch wordsmiths who will discuss how their words shape and influence the market.

Booking closed

11:00 - 12:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This will include a wide variety of subject matters that will vary from social media initiatives, creative writing workshops, new product launches and limited edition watch reveals. The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

11:00 - 12:00

Master Class

Born 1971, Andreas Strehler likes to describe himself as 'a mere watchmaker', although he has long since made a name for himself as a 'createur' of extraordinary timepieces. It all began in Frauenfeld in 1987 where he learned the profession of watchmaker. He then worked for Renaud et Papi where he was responsible for prototypes and developed and constructed complicated mechanisms.

1995 Andreas Strehler began working as a self-employed watchmaker restoring antique timepieces and started to develop his own watches. He also constructed movements for H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Maurice Lacroix and Maitres du Temps.

2008 Andreas Strehler presented the Papillon, followed by the Cocon in 2012, examples of his philosophy of watch movements as living organisms. Their form also exemplifies a revival, and a new interpretation, of the traditional art of watchmaking.

12:00 - 13:00

Panel

Many watchmaking maisons and marques have centuries’ old histories, so how have they evolved in order to keep up with modern tastes and consumer expectations? Speakers on this panel will look at the different strategies adopted by brands in order to stay competitive and relevant in today’s dynamic market.

Booking closed

13:00 - 14:00

Master Class

The surname “Preziuso” means “precious” in Italian, and Antoine came to appreciate the precious nature of time from a very early age. His fascination with watchmaking made him eager to begin training in this field, and by the age of 21 this young man in a hurry had graduated at the top of his class as a fully qualified watchmaker and restorer.

Through over a decade and a half spent working for some of the most prestigious brands in the watch industry, as well as for the specialised horological auctioneering house Antiquorum, for the Geneva Watch Museum, and for collectors in general, Antoine Preziuso consistently cultivated his twin fields of interest: restoring antique timepieces to their former splendour; and creating sophisticated watches housing major horological complications.

Always dedicated to research into new materials he became the first watchmaker to feature meteorite in his timepieces – setting a stellar trend that shows no sign of diminishing.

Booking closed

13:30 - 14:30

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This will include a wide variety of subject matters that will vary from social media initiatives, creative writing workshops, new product launches and limited edition watch reveals. In this session, Baume & Mercier unveils the launch of a new timepiece, presented by CEO, Alain Zimmerman. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

15:00 - 16:00

Panel

The progression and development of Dubai’s economy has been lead by the creative outlook of its visionary leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Continuing this theme we look at other home-grown initiatives fuelled by creativity such as Expo2020, Art Dubai, the Design District and of course, cultural events such as Dubai Watch Week.

Booking closed

15:00 - 16:00

Master Class

Graduated from the Watchmaking School of Paris in 1981, Vianney Halter spent the first ten years of his professional life with the restoration of old clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches. This enabled him to acquire a broad knowledge about the art of horology.

In 1998, Vianney created his own brand. Since then, he has thrice received the prestigious GPHG award (2003, 2011 and 2013). His latest creation: the Deep Space Tourbillon features a triple axis tourbillon. This watch is said to be ’the fourth dimension’ for deep space voyagers.

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

Booking closed

15:00 - 16:00

Creative hub

Taking place in the Ayyam Gallery, these meet & greet sessions allow Dubai Watch Week visitors to meet with members of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Jury and share information in an informal setting. These sessions are free entry - no booking is required. 

16:00 - 17:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This session introduces the renowned watchmaker from the Netherlands that focuses exclusively on astronomical complications as a recent addition to the Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons portfolio of brands. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

17:00 - 18:00

Panel

In a dynamic economy where e-commerce is on the rise, how do traditional or family-run businesses keep up with modern consumers tastes? These are just some of the many challenges faced by retailers in various parts of the world when it comes to balancing old methods of retailing versus new.

Booking closed

17:00 - 18:00

Master Class

Born 1971, Andreas Strehler likes to describe himself as 'a mere watchmaker', although he has long since made a name for himself as a 'createur' of extraordinary timepieces. It all began in Frauenfeld in 1987 where he learned the profession of watchmaker. He then worked for Renaud et Papi where he was responsible for prototypes and developed and constructed complicated mechanisms.

1995 Andreas Strehler began working as a self-employed watchmaker restoring antique timepieces and started to develop his own watches. He also constructed movements for H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Maurice Lacroix and Maitres du Temps.

2008 Andreas Strehler presented the Papillon, followed by the Cocon in 2012, examples of his philosophy of watch movements as living organisms. Their form also exemplifies a revival, and a new interpretation, of the traditional art of watchmaking.

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

Booking closed

18:00 - 19:00

Creative hub

The Art of Curating a collection

Remy Julia (Watch collection curation)

Thomas Perazzi / Hala Khayat (Modern and Contemporary Art collection curation)

The purpose of this creative hub is to share experiences through the stories and examples of seasoned curators of small and large, young or mature collections in the field of Luxury & collectible Watches and Modern and Contemporary Art. There will be a short presentation from each person followed by the basics of collecting, rules for a collector to keep in mind, definitions and how to analyze/read the market. There will be a ase study of three major cases encountered in both fields:

-Advising a collector willing to build from scratch

-Resizing of an existing collection towards a new profile matching the aspiration of the client and the new direction he wants to go to

-Successful collections in term of achievement and investment

 The session will end with approximately 20 minutes of Q&A. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

19:00 - 20:00

Master Class

Hosted by some of the watch industry’s most respected watchmakers, the watchmaking master classes will give attendees the opportunity to learn first hand the art of assembling timepieces. Accessible by invitation only, the master classes will be held each day during the Dubai Watch Week where the attendees will have the opportunity to go through a session held by the celebrities of the watch industry.

20:00 - 22:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This event takes place in the form of a dinner, hosted by Christine Hutter, CEO of Moritz Grossmann. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Dubai Watch Week in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons will be hosting a unique exhibition focusing on movements and complications. The objective of the exhibition is to highlight the beauty and intricacy involved in the creation of various renowned horological movements such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars and chronographs. The exhibition will also provide brands with the opportunity to showcase the extent of their complications and present their exceptional timepieces along with a sample of the complication and movements that best represents the brand. The aim of this exhibition is to engage the clients and to give visitors a better understanding of the value of complications through each brand’s perspective.

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The clockwork and décor of cuckoo clocks have always been emblematic of the precise, meticulous work associated with the image of Swiss savoir-faire. Another initiative from FHH, 24 Hours In The Life Of A Swiss Cuckoo Cluck, an exhibition curated by Alexandra Midal, puts a contemporary spin on this iconic Swiss timekeeping emblem through 24 modern interpretations by students and staff at HEAD-Genève art school. The project involved participation from 18 Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories Bachelor’s and Master’s course students and Spaces & Communication Master’s course students, as well as six HEAD teachers. 

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The Mastery of time

The Dubai Mall

Curated in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), The Mastery of Time is a fascinating retrospective display of significant timepieces through the ages. The exhibition will present certain watches and clocks that are important from a historical or scientific point of view and illustrate how man, in constant search of greater precision, has continued to produce increasingly complex and beautiful objects. With an educative aspect in mind, the exhibition is also designed to educate mall visitors on the story behind watchmakers and the tale of each brand. 

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Presented by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the only globally recognized independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking, the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” (GPHG) made its inaugural visit to Dubai in 2013, with a subsequent visit organized during the first edition of Dubai Watch Week. This year, the annual travelling exhibition will enable Dubai Watch Week attendees to discover the competition’s prize-winning models. Watchmaking connoisseurs and enthusiasts, clients, journalists and collectors are invited to discover and admire the year’s finest watchmaking creations and to share moments of horological culture at 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève exhibition in Dubai. For more information on Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and to view the preselected watches, please visit www.gphg.org

10:00 - 11:00

Panel

Digital technology is not only being applied to the inner workings of watches, but also the industry as a whole. This panel examines the different ways that digital executions have been used within the watch industry to advantageous and impressive effect, from marketing campaigns, to apps, to communication through digital channels.

Booking closed

10:00 - 11:00

Master Class

Graduated from the Watchmaking School of Paris in 1981, Vianney Halter spent the first ten years of his professional life with the restoration of old clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches. This enabled him to acquire a broad knowledge about the art of horology.

In 1998, Vianney created his own brand. Since then, he has thrice received the prestigious GPHG award (2003, 2011 and 2013). His latest creation: the Deep Space Tourbillon features a triple axis tourbillon. This watch is said to be ’the fourth dimension’ for deep space voyagers.

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

Booking closed

11:00 - 12:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This session is dedicated to members of the press who are invited to spend an hour with Senior Director for the Bulgari Horlogerie Watches Design Center, Fabrizio Buonamassa in an open session. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

12:00 - 13:00

Panel

As much as the functionality of a watch is essential to successful sales, so too is the design and creativity that goes in to designing it, as well as promoting it and marketing it. This panel explores the roles that design & creativity play in helping brands to be successful.

Booking closed

12:00 - 13:00

Master Class


Born 1971, Andreas Strehler likes to describe himself as 'a mere watchmaker', although he has long since made a name for himself as a 'createur' of extraordinary timepieces. It all began in Frauenfeld in 1987 where he learned the profession of watchmaker. He then worked for Renaud et Papi where he was responsible for prototypes and developed and constructed complicated mechanisms.

1995 Andreas Strehler began working as a self-employed watchmaker restoring antique timepieces and started to develop his own watches. He also constructed movements for H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Maurice Lacroix and Maitres du Temps.

2008 Andreas Strehler presented the Papillon, followed by the Cocon in 2012, examples of his philosophy of watch movements as living organisms. Their form also exemplifies a revival, and a new interpretation, of the traditional art of watchmaking

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address)

Booking closed

13:30 - 14:30

Creative hub

We cordially invite you to Master-Watchmaker Stephen McDonnell’s debut in the region in Dubai Watch Week 2016, where he will explain the journey  leading to the creation of LM Perpetual, and the unique features which make this a revolutionary caliber in the history of watchmaking. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC.

Booking closed

15:00 - 16:00

Panel

Taking its cue from the recently-published FHH White Paper on Fine Watchmaking, this panel the ways in which fine watchmaking can and should be defined, categorized and benchmarked in order to strive for a constant and consistent level of quality across the board. Panelists will discuss the various definitions, segments and criteria employed in order to determine the parameters of Fine Watchmaking and thus setting out its founding principles.

Booking closed

15:00 - 16:00

Master Class

The surname “Preziuso” means “precious” in Italian, and Antoine came to appreciate the precious nature of time from a very early age. His fascination with watchmaking made him eager to begin training in this field, and by the age of 21 this young man in a hurry had graduated at the top of his class as a fully qualified watchmaker and restorer.

Through over a decade and a half spent working for some of the most prestigious brands in the watch industry, as well as for the specialised horological auctioneering house Antiquorum, for the Geneva Watch Museum, and for collectors in general, Antoine Preziuso consistently cultivated his twin fields of interest: restoring antique timepieces to their former splendour; and creating sophisticated watches housing major horological complications.

Always dedicated to research into new materials he became the first watchmaker to feature meteorite in his timepieces – setting a stellar trend that shows no sign of diminishing.

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

Booking closed

16:00 - 17:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. In this session, pioneering brand Romain Jerome will unveil a new limited edition DNA timpiece in the presence of brand CEO, Manuel Emch. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

17:00 - 18:00

Master Class

Hosted by luxury Swiss watchmaker, Jaeger-LeCoultre, this watchmaking master classes is accessible by invitation only. Since its founding in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been delighting connoisseurs of Fine Watchmaking. Heirs to the inventive spirit of the Manufacture founder, Antoine LeCoultre, its artisans unite their expertise in creating collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated: Reverso, Master, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre, Geophysic® and Atmos.

The Grande Maison is perpetually inspired by its rich history. The Hybris Mechanica® and Hybris Artistica® collections testify to the creative passion driving the men and women who exercise their skills beneath its roof.

 In 2016, Jaeger-LeCoultre reveals the unexpected and showcases a new vision of the Reverso, which is celebrating its 85th birthday.

The unique history of each Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece begins in the workshops of the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland and springs to life on the wrist of those who wear it and make it their own. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

Booking closed

17:00 - 18:00

Panel

Flash in the pan or permanent fixture? The durability and relevance of smart watches within the industry has been hotly debated with many opinions as to whether there is any link at all between digital or computer watches and the history and legacy of mechanical watchmaking. This panel explores the place that smart watches hold today as well as where they are likely to develop in the future.

Booking closed

18:00 - 19:00

Creative hub

Come join HODINKEE for cocktails and some good old-fashioned watch nerd talk. Everyone is welcome, and managing editor Stephen Pulvirent and senior european editor Arthur Touchot will be on hand to talk about the best of Dubai Watch Week with collectors, retailers, and watchmakers alike (and of course to take some group wristshots). Stephen will say a few words about the influence of digital media in the very traditional world of horology and invite everyone to share their experiences across networks.

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

18:00 - 19:00

Creative hub

Taking place in the Ayyam Gallery, these meet & greet sessions allow Dubai Watch Week visitors to meet with members of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Jury and share information in an informal setting. These sessions are free entry - no booking is required. 

19:00 - 20:00

Master Class

Hosted by some of the watch industry’s most respected watchmakers, the watchmaking master classes will give attendees the opportunity to learn first hand the art of assembling timepieces. Accessible by invitation only, the master classes will be held each day during the Dubai Watch Week where the attendees will have the opportunity to go through a session held by the celebrities of the watch industry.

19:30 - 22:30

Creative hub

This private cocktail reception will celebrate the launch of a new Dubai edition timepiece and will take place in Roberto's DIFC. 

Booking closed

20:00 - 22:00

Creative hub

Cocktail event, hosted by Officine Panerai. 

This will include a wide variety of subject matters that will vary from social media initiatives, creative writing workshops, new product launches and limited edition watch reveals. The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Dubai Watch Week in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons will be hosting a unique exhibition focusing on movements and complications. The objective of the exhibition is to highlight the beauty and intricacy involved in the creation of various renowned horological movements such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars and chronographs. The exhibition will also provide brands with the opportunity to showcase the extent of their complications and present their exceptional timepieces along with a sample of the complication and movements that best represents the brand. The aim of this exhibition is to engage the clients and to give visitors a better understanding of the value of complications through each brand’s perspective.

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The clockwork and décor of cuckoo clocks have always been emblematic of the precise, meticulous work associated with the image of Swiss savoir-faire. Another initiative from FHH, 24 Hours In The Life Of A Swiss Cuckoo Cluck, an exhibition curated by Alexandra Midal, puts a contemporary spin on this iconic Swiss timekeeping emblem through 24 modern interpretations by students and staff at HEAD-Genève art school. The project involved participation from 18 Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories Bachelor’s and Master’s course students and Spaces & Communication Master’s course students, as well as six HEAD teachers. 

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The Mastery of time

The Dubai Mall

Curated in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), The Mastery of Time is a fascinating retrospective display of significant timepieces through the ages. The exhibition will present certain watches and clocks that are important from a historical or scientific point of view and illustrate how man, in constant search of greater precision, has continued to produce increasingly complex and beautiful objects. With an educative aspect in mind, the exhibition is also designed to educate mall visitors on the story behind watchmakers and the tale of each brand. 

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Presented by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the only globally recognized independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking, the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” (GPHG) made its inaugural visit to Dubai in 2013, with a subsequent visit organized during the first edition of Dubai Watch Week. This year, the annual travelling exhibition will enable Dubai Watch Week attendees to discover the competition’s prize-winning models. Watchmaking connoisseurs and enthusiasts, clients, journalists and collectors are invited to discover and admire the year’s finest watchmaking creations and to share moments of horological culture at 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève exhibition in Dubai. For more information on Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and to view the preselected watches, please visit www.gphg.org

10:00 - 11:00

Master Class

Hosted by luxury Swiss watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin, this watchmaking masterclass is accessible by invitation only. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

 

Booking closed

10:00 - 11:00

Panel

The complication of a watch is as important to owners and collectors as its design. This panel will feature a number of talented personalities who will discuss the significance of various complications. Topic discussions can cover the evolution of complications, putting each one into context and examining why the popularity of complicated watches has steadily developed since the quartz crisis of the 80s. From chronographs, to fly-backs, minute-repeaters to moon phase, this panel will elaborate on the skills required to assemble complications and explore why some of the more ‘simple’ assemblies are just as challenging as the complex ones. Speakers are also invited to take a light-hearted look at what makes certain people choose a certain type of complication (i.e. what does your complication say about your personality). 

Booking closed

11:00 - 12:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This presentation introduces Ferdinand Berthoud as a new addition within the Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons portfolio in the presence of its Founder, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. 

This will include a wide variety of subject matters that will vary from social media initiatives, creative writing workshops, new product launches and limited edition watch reveals. The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

Booking closed

12:00 - 13:00

Panel

Although the watch industry is rooted in tradition, this is not a barrier to its evolution and progression. This panel will be steered by industry heads that will all have their own unique perspective on the dynamic changes in the world of horology.

Booking closed

12:00 - 13:00

Master Class

Focused on traditional Watch Finishing Techniques,  this training session will be dedicated to

-          Finishing the bridge flanks

-          Chamfered and polished bevels

-          Traditional bow-polished screw countersinks

-          Traditional bow-polished jewel countersinks and adjusting the jewel fitting

-          Deburring and matt finishing bridge feet

 

-          Adjusting the bridge steady-pins

Booking closed

13:30 - 14:30

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This session entails the launch of a new timepiece within the brand's portfolio, presented by CEO, Gregory Dourde. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

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15:00 - 16:00

Creative hub

Taking place in the Ayyam Gallery, these meet & greet sessions allow Dubai Watch Week visitors to meet with members of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Jury and share information in an informal setting. These sessions are free entry - no booking is required. 

15:00 - 16:00

Panel

The art and skill of watchmaking can be traced back over hundreds of years. This panel takes a look at the past century, throwing the spotlight on advances in quality, durability and design. With some of the most radical changes taking place in the last fifty years, speakers will chart the progress through debate.

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15:00 - 16:00

Master Class

Hosted by luxury Swiss watchmaker, Jaeger-LeCoultre, this watchmaking master classes is accessible by invitation only. Since its founding in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been delighting connoisseurs of Fine Watchmaking. Heirs to the inventive spirit of the Manufacture founder, Antoine LeCoultre, its artisans unite their expertise in creating collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated: Reverso, Master, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre, Geophysic® and Atmos.

The Grande Maison is perpetually inspired by its rich history. The Hybris Mechanica® and Hybris Artistica® collections testify to the creative passion driving the men and women who exercise their skills beneath its roof.

In 2016, Jaeger-LeCoultre reveals the unexpected and showcases a new vision of the Reverso, which is celebrating its 85th birthday.

The unique history of each Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece begins in the workshops of the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland and springs to life on the wrist of those who wear it and make it their own. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

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16:00 - 17:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This session reveals the launch of a new timepiece, presented by Creative Director of Vacheron Constantin, Christian Selmoni. 

This will include a wide variety of subject matters that will vary from social media initiatives, creative writing workshops, new product launches and limited edition watch reveals. The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

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17:00 - 18:00

Panel

Whilst many of the industry’s most well known brands have been established for hundreds of years, others have been established more recently. We will hear from some of the industry’s visionaries that have embraced change by starting their own watch brands and learn about the challenges faced.

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17:00 - 18:00

Master Class

Hosted by Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, this watchmaking masterclass is accessible by invitation only and is conducted by Kurt Klaus

Kurt Klaus has been working at IWC for over 50 years. As the spiritual father of the Da Vinci and inventor of its perpetual calendar, he has reached the status of a living legend throughout the watchmaking world. 

Kurt Klaus joined the company after completing his apprenticeship as a watchmaker in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. He soon familiarized himself with every model manufactured at IWC since the very earliest days. It was during this period too that he learned to identify closely with IWC’s philosophy and ways of working. In 1970 he joined the development department, where he was trained by the technical director Albert Pellaton, and where he became responsible for the design and prototypes of new movements.

In spite of the difficult period following the advent of quartz watches in the 1970s, IWC has always remained faithful to its traditional mechanical watches. One of the milestones in the company’s history was the design of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985. This mechanical watch revolutionized the watch industry and featured an automatic chronograph movement with an entirely new type of programmed perpetual calendar that would last for the next 500 years and more. This movement invention gave rise to Klaus’ nickname – “the Spiritual Father of the Da Vinci”. Today, more than 20 years later, the Da Vinci is still one of IWC’s best-selling models. The system of its Perpetual Calendar has been adapted to other IWC watches, such as the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar launched in 2003. Amazingly, each IWC model featuring the perpetual calendar is programmed to the year 2499.

18:30 - 19:30

Master Class

Hosted by luxury sports watchmaker, Panerai, this watchmaking masterclass is accessible by invitation only and is conducted by Adriano Toninelli. 

Adriano Toninelli has been the Training Manager at Officine Panerai for the last 10 years. After his watchmaking apprenticeship and attaining a specialized diploma in the traditional regulation of mechanical watches, he has been trained in the fields of micromechanics and quality control.

Passionate about watchmaking, Adriano Toninelli joined Panerai in 2007 where he obtained various certificates and where he gained extensive experience in multiple areas. Since 2011, he participated in several international events in different parts of the world.

Panerai currently employs 650 employees worldwide including 255 only on the Neuchâtel site where the Panerai Manufacture is located. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

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20:00 - 21:00

Master Class

Hosted by luxury sports watchmaker, Panerai, this watchmaking masterclass is accessible by invitation only and is conducted by Adriano Toninelli. 

Adriano Toninelli has been the Training Manager at Officine Panerai for the last 10 years. After his watchmaking apprenticeship and attaining a specialized diploma in the traditional regulation of mechanical watches, he has been trained in the fields of micromechanics and quality control.

Passionate about watchmaking, Adriano Toninelli joined Panerai in 2007 where he obtained various certificates and where he gained extensive experience in multiple areas. Since 2011, he participated in several international events in different parts of the world.

Panerai currently employs 650 employees worldwide including 255 only on the Neuchâtel site where the Panerai Manufacture is located. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Presented by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the only globally recognized independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking, the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” (GPHG) made its inaugural visit to Dubai in 2013, with a subsequent visit organized during the first edition of Dubai Watch Week. This year, the annual travelling exhibition will enable Dubai Watch Week attendees to discover the competition’s prize-winning models. Watchmaking connoisseurs and enthusiasts, clients, journalists and collectors are invited to discover and admire the year’s finest watchmaking creations and to share moments of horological culture at 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève exhibition in Dubai. For more information on Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and to view the preselected watches, please visit www.gphg.org

10:00 - 20:00

Exhibition

Dubai Watch Week in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons will be hosting a unique exhibition focusing on movements and complications. The objective of the exhibition is to highlight the beauty and intricacy involved in the creation of various renowned horological movements such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars and chronographs. The exhibition will also provide brands with the opportunity to showcase the extent of their complications and present their exceptional timepieces along with a sample of the complication and movements that best represents the brand. The aim of this exhibition is to engage the clients and to give visitors a better understanding of the value of complications through each brand’s perspective.

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The clockwork and décor of cuckoo clocks have always been emblematic of the precise, meticulous work associated with the image of Swiss savoir-faire. Another initiative from FHH, 24 Hours In The Life Of A Swiss Cuckoo Cluck, an exhibition curated by Alexandra Midal, puts a contemporary spin on this iconic Swiss timekeeping emblem through 24 modern interpretations by students and staff at HEAD-Genève art school. The project involved participation from 18 Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories Bachelor’s and Master’s course students and Spaces & Communication Master’s course students, as well as six HEAD teachers. 

10:00 - 00:00

Exhibition

The Mastery of time

The Dubai Mall

Curated in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), The Mastery of Time is a fascinating retrospective display of significant timepieces through the ages. The exhibition will present certain watches and clocks that are important from a historical or scientific point of view and illustrate how man, in constant search of greater precision, has continued to produce increasingly complex and beautiful objects. With an educative aspect in mind, the exhibition is also designed to educate mall visitors on the story behind watchmakers and the tale of each brand. 

10:00 - 11:00

Panel

 

From the complicated inner mechanical workings to the brand name inscribed on the watch, there is a multitude of factors that can determine a watch’s value. Experts on this panel are expected to take the audience into the inner workings of mechanical watchmaking and educate them on the intricate process involved in assembling all of the many parts of a watch that will make up its ultimate value. From the man hours spent assembling a complicated movement, to the precious metals or jewels used to house it or the number of limited pieces, this talk is designed to help collectors understand exactly why some watches are considered so valuable. In addition, the panel will also discuss the reasons why some historic timepieces are so coveted at auction and how they are value by experts before going under the hammer. Join us as we listen to industry experts as they reveal the ways in which a timepiece can be considered valuable. 

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10:00 - 11:00

Master Class

Hosted by some of the watch industry’s most respected watchmakers, the watchmaking master classes will give attendees the opportunity to learn first hand the art of assembling timepieces. Accessible by invitation only, the master classes will be held each day during the Dubai Watch Week where the attendees will have the opportunity to go through a session held by the celebrities of the watch industry.

 

12:00 - 13:00

Panel

Master craftsmen have been creating unique timepieces for hundreds of years. These artists translate their vision and emotions into wearable pieces of art through various skills such as enameling, engraving and miniature hand painting. This panel will guide its audience through the various techniques that come under the Metiers d’Art umbrella and explain how long it can take for a master craftsman to learn, train and then execute certain types of work. Audience members will be able to learn more about the different types of engraving (guilloche and its various patterns), enameling (Cloisonné, Grand Feu, Champlevé, Paillonnée, etc), miniature painting and gem setting through various examples that celebrate the imagination and creativity of master watchmakers.

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12:00 - 13:00

Creative hub

Taking place in the Ayyam Gallery, these meet & greet sessions allow Dubai Watch Week visitors to meet with members of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Jury and share information in an informal setting. These sessions are free entry - no booking is required. 

12:00 - 13:00

Master Class

Hosted by luxury Swiss watchmaker, IWC, this watchmaking masterclass is accessible by invitation only and is conducted by Kurt Klaus.

Kurt Klaus has been working at IWC for over 50 years. As the spiritual father of the Da Vinci and inventor of its perpetual calendar, he has reached the status of a living legend throughout the watchmaking world. 

Kurt Klaus joined the company after completing his apprenticeship as a watchmaker in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. He soon familiarized himself with every model manufactured at IWC since the very earliest days. It was during this period too that he learned to identify closely with IWC’s philosophy and ways of working. In 1970 he joined the development department, where he was trained by the technical director Albert Pellaton, and where he became responsible for the design and prototypes of new movements.

In spite of the difficult period following the advent of quartz watches in the1970s, IWC has always remained faithful to its traditional mechanical watches. One of the milestones in the company’s history was the design of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985. This mechanical watch revolutionized the watch industry and featured an automatic chronograph movement with an entirely new type of programmed perpetual calendar that would last for the next 500 years and more. This movement invention gave rise to Klaus’ nickname – “the Spiritual Father of the Da Vinci”. Today, more than 20 years later, the Da Vinci is still one of IWC’s best-selling models. The system of its Perpetual Calendar has been adapted to other IWC watches, such as the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar launched in 2003. Amazingly, each IWC model featuring the perpetual calendar is programmed to the year 2499. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address).

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13:00 - 14:00

Creative hub

IWC Schaffhausen reveals its first limited edition timepiece in collaboration with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, conducted by Regional Brand Director, Luc Rochereau. 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

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15:00 - 16:00

Master Class

Hosted by luxury Swiss watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin, this watchmaking masterclass is accessible by invitation only. 

Each watchmaking master class can only accommodate nine people

To find out more about how you can secure your seat for the watch making master class, please send us an email on vipprogram@dubaiwatchweek.com with your complete details (including name, company and address)

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15:00 - 16:00

Panel

A successful collaboration with a brand ambassador can help to distinguish brands within the marketplace. But what’s the key to a successful partnership? And why do some brands choose ambassadors from within certain industries over others?

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15:00 - 16:00

Creative hub

The Dubai Watch Week 2016 Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This session will present the launch of this brand in the region, conducted by Christopher Daaboul. 

 

The Creative Hub presentations will be hosted in the DIFC from 16-19 November at Socialista, DIFC. 

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16:30 - 17:30

Panel

A controversial subject matter that will examine the influence exerted by opinion leaders, social media personalities or ‘voices’ that can communicate to a large audience or following, usually on a digital platform. There is sometimes a gap between impact and knowledge – but how important is this in today’s competitive world of brand-led, image-driven marketing?

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