Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Luxury Goods, Jewellery & Watches
Fine watches to go on show in Dubai

An exhibition of some of the finest watches in the world will make its debut tomorrow in Dubai, UAE.

Billed as the first event of its kind in the Middle East, Salon des Grandes Complications will run from November 25 to 27 at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The event will offer a platform for the fine watchmaking sector to engage with watch collectors and enthusiasts from across the region, according to the organiser, MPP Middle East.

The exhibition will feature timepieces by some of the world's most celebrated watchmakers and is set to thrill connoisseurs with several rare and limited edition pieces.

Participants include A Lange & Söhne, Bulgari, Cvstos, Frédéric Jouvenot, Greubel Forsey, Grieb & Benzinger, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaermann & Stübi, Montblanc, Piaget, Roland Iten, Vacheron Constantin, Vianney Halter and Voutilainen.

Visitors will be offered insights into the highest level of watchmaking by both historically renowned manufactories and acclaimed modern-day independent watchmakers. Each brand will present their novelties and certain horological highlights and there will be live demonstrations by various watchmakers and engravers flown in especially for the exhibition.

“Salon des Grandes Complications will bring together some of the greatest horological masterpieces of today, and the masters who make them, for the first time under one roof in the UAE. Guests will encounter a hands-on experience of the heritage, craftsmanship and artistry behind the brands and their commended timepieces,” said Nader Freiha, Director of MPP Middle East and Publisher of Arabian Watches & Jewellery magazine. “As the leading importer of luxury timepieces in the region, the UAE is a natural location to host an exhibition of such a caliber and we are excited to be presenting the first annual edition.”

Exhibiting brands have a plethora of extraordinary specialties and accolades between them, with deeply-rooted and distinctive philosophies. From working with only in-house crafted movements to hand-engraving of never to be seen microscopic parts, creating the most complicated wristwatches and the thinnest, from being the one of the oldest watchmakers to the latest innovators and melding history with modern-day technical advances, each of the manufactories ultimately crafts timepieces that have become cornerstones of the watchmaking world.

Supported by Audi Corporate, Bang & Olufsen and Christie’s, with Watch Anish as official media partner, the inaugural edition will take place in line with the DIFC tenth anniversary celebrations and is set to become a yearly event.

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