Over the years Dubai Watch Week has evolved into one of the most Internationally significant events that brings together a gamut of knowledge and creativity from the Horological Industry under one roof. Given the current pandemic crisis, we have certainly missed interacting with master watchmakers and various industry experts and engaging in conversations around horology, watchmaking and beyond. That being said, it gives us immense pleasure to announce the fifth edition of Dubai Watch Week!
The largest and most prominent non-commercial watch event in the Middle East hosted by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is back this year from 24th to 28th November 2021. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Dubai Watch Week will yet again play a pivotal role in uniting the global watch industry.
What’s new at Dubai Watch Week 2021
To begin with, there is a newly launched Collector’s Lounge, a space dedicated to watch connoisseurs to discuss the latest watch releases and horology news while interacting with peers and industry leaders. Besides featuring pieces from pieces from Buben & Zorweg and Miki Eleta, the Lounge will also showcase the unique limited editions conceptualized by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons to commemorate the UAE’s 50th anniversary.
“The significance of Dubai Watch Week 2021 is apparent now more than ever, for the industry, and the economy,” This year’s event will be the most engaging edition yet as we continue to transform and drive forward innovation within the watch industry. We look forward to reuniting for a moment in time with our local and global community as we celebrate our fifth edition alongside the UAE’s golden jubilee. We look forward to hosting everyone onsite – from collectors to curious residents to the youth – who can all get involved with the exciting programme.” says Hind Seddiqi, Director General of Dubai Watch Week. We had the opportunity to catch up this force of a woman recently to know more about her world of watches and to get insights into Dubai Watch Week 2021. Watch it here : The Hour Markers (YouTube)
Intersecting multiple industries along with leading watch brands, pre-eminent speakers, and guests from around the world — coupled with entertainment and home-grown & international food concepts — Dubai Watch Week aims creating an educational, experiential, and networking event like no other. “Dubai Watch Week is an unprecedented and inclusive experience, influencing the evolution of the global watch industry in a city that prioritises culture and innovation.” , as Hind Seddiqi righty puts it.
Horology Forum & Creative Hub: Dubai Watch Week 2021
Just as the previous years, one of the most sought after forums and discussions is also set to return with thought-provoking series of panel discussions exploring themes and topics from “Alignment of online personas with actual identities” to “NFTs and cryptocurrencies in luxury”, masterclasses — hands-on workshops led by expert artisans and ofcourse the Creative Hub: Dubai Watch Week 2021. As an educational and cultural platform, the programme is aimed at cultivating and sharing horological knowledge, learning from industry peers, as well as celebrating the mastery of watchmaking with everyone from brands to collectors, industry aficionados to art and culture seekers. However whilst everyone is invited to explore the space certain programmes require pre-booking on the website.
Brands Exhibition & GPHG 2021
Located under The Gate in DIFC, the purpose-built event space creates an inclusive and intimate environment for all exhibitors and visitors while offering independent and smaller brands a platform alongside industry leaders. Curated selections of heritage timepieces and seasonal collections in the Brands Exhibition will ensure that there is something new to see and experience across each of the five days, including the winning watches from the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2021.
Dubai Watch Week 2021 has confirmed the presence of over 45 leading, notable and iconic watch brands watch brands including Rolex, Audemars Piguet, TUDOR, Hublot and Chopard all of whom will have standalone and interactive spaces on site.
Participating brands also include Akrivia, Armin Strom, Beauregard, Bell & Ross, Bovet 1822, Breitling, BVLGARI, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, Corum, Czapek, De Bethune, F.P. Journe, Ferdinand Berthoud, Frederique Constant, GENUS Watches, Girard-Perregaux, GoS, Greubel Forsey, H. Moser & Cie, Jacob & Co, Konstantin Chaykin, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Erard, Louis Moinet, Ludovic Ballouard, MB&F, MeisterSinger, Mont Blanc, Montres KF, Moritz Grossmann, Norqain, Oris, PURNELL, REBELLION Timepieces, RESERVOIR-watch, Ressence, Schwarz Etienne, Singer Reimagined, TAG Heuer, Trilobe, Ulysse Nardin and Urwerk. WatchBox, the leading destination for pre-owned luxury timepieces, is also set to return with a unique space on site.
It’s official, the fifth edition of Dubai Watch Week hosted by pioneering retailer, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is back! Registrations and admissions for the programme have begun on their website. We will surely be there… Will you?