THIS YEAR'S THEME: CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY

Dubai Watch Week is a global platform dedicated to the preservation of watchmaking culture and heritage by creating one of the largest non-commercial events for the international watch community. Founded in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the event provides an intimate environment for collectors, brands, watchmakers and members of the media to interact and share knowledge. Held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Watch Week supports the men and women that have dedicated their life to the pursuit of horological perfection.

The Digital Side of Dubai Watch Week

Let’s face it, whether you like it or not, the social media generation is here to stay. Now more than ever, people are sharing their passion for watches to Instagram and reading their favorite websites. Dubai Watch Week and the Seddiqi family have recognized this trend and built an entire show around it.

The Digital Side of Dubai Watch Week
by Josh Shanks
I first learned of the Dubai watch scene in 2015. I was following some of the local collectors on Instagram and was mesmerized by what I saw. Anything from Advanced Research Patek Phillipes to crazy custom Urwerk pieces were being shared to the social media channel, it was clear that something important was happening in Dubai.

Classic or Contemporary? The One Question We Asked the People of Dubai Watch Week

What happens when you take the theme of Dubai Watch Week, turn it into a question, and ask some of the most recognizable names in the watch world? Read on to find out.

by Barbara Palumbo

As a kid, my friends and I played those games where we would ask one another to choose between two random things and tell the other they HAD to make a choice, no matter what the options were. It was a child’s game, sure, but you could learn a lot about a person by finding out what decisions they’d make if under pressure. Questions like, “would you rather eat 100 squirming worms or wear earrings made of live cockroaches?” were common, and as a now adult (although that’s pretty questionable these days), I’m taking that skill to the carpeted timepiece halls of Dubai Watch Week to ask some of the most recognizable names in the watch industry if their watch style is either, “classic” or “contemporary”; the two words that sum up the theme of the 2017 Dubai Watch Week.

The Characterization of a Generation – Millennials Still a Focus at Dubai Watch Week

As Dubai Watch Week kicks off, we take a look at why the Millennials’ role in the watch industry is more discussed and emphasized than ever

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by Barbara Palumbo

George Bernard Shaw is attributed with the saying, “youth is wasted on the young.” But had the Irish playwright been alive today, he might find a Millennial or two who’d debate how their seemingly complex generation is often painted by the masses.

At Dubai Watch Week, the FHH brings virtual reality

How to connect past and present time? And how to integrate watchmaking into the contemporary art sphere? This is what the FHH has been working on. To be discovered in Dubai during the week.

At Dubai Watch Week, the FHH brings virtual reality
by Audrey Humbert

I have to say that I have particularly been seduced by the FHH exhibition this year. Because most people can be put off when they hear the words “history” or “past”, they have worked on innovative ways to connect past and present. How to tell the story of time without getting boring and dusty? By introducing the VR (virtual reality)!

Watchonista bringing you the best of the Dubai Watch Week

It is a unique event across the globe: a cultural event that aims at sharing watchmaking knowledge and perpetuating its tradition. The event is organized in of the the Middle East’s business hubs, Dubai.

by Alexander Friedman

In 2017, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons are organizing Dubai Watch Week for the third time with the support of their partners. The organization has managed to bring together the pinnacle of the world of watchmaking in a single place: the finest brands, the savviest collectors, the most skilled craftsmen and the most influential journalists and digital media including our friends from Analog/Shift, Revolution, The Watches.Tv, Fratello Watches, Petrolicious and Hodinkee.

About Dubai Watch Week

Launched in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Watch Week is a global platform dedicated to the preservation of horological culture and heritage by creating one of the largest non-commercial events for the international watch community that provides an intimate environment for collectors, brands, watchmakers and the members of the media to interact and share knowledge.

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Held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Watch Week supports the men and women that have dedicated their life to the pursuit of horological perfection.

Vision: To unite the global watch community for the preservation and transmission of horological knowledge.

The Mission: To create opportunities for discussion, encourage the transfer of knowledge and craftsmanship to the next generation of watchmakers and master craftsmen and women alike. Dubai Watch Week is fully committed to providing resources, services and opportunities to the global watch community through carefully curated programs during each edition.

The Master Classes

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 be able to attend sessions held by the celebrities of the watch industry.

The Horology Forum at DWW2017

The Horology Forum will bring together leading watch curators, authors, historians, writers, collectors, brands and industry professionals. This year the forum will bring together more than 30 international speakers covering topics such as the Importance of Marketing, Millennial Watchmaking, Icons & Classics and Static Diversification. Register now www.dubaiwatchweek.com

Posted by Dubai Watch Week on Sunday, 22 October 2017