For the third year running, Dubai Watch Week brings a welcome ray of sunshine to the watch industry in this month of November. The Seddiqi group’s vision remains unchanged: to make this non-commercial event a knowledge-sharing platform for the watch community.
The event has grown considerably in just two years, and this autumn sees it take things up a level, with a specially built facility on the attractive terraces of the DIFC (and nothing is done by halves in Dubai…). Some new brands are joining the party, bringing an additional layer of gravitas: A. Lange & Sohne, Dior, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Richard Mille, Vacheron Constantin Watches – Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2755 Replica and Voutilainen, to mention just a few. And, as for every year since 2015, there’s also a well-thought out and comprehensive programme of forums, workshops and events.
For 2017, the theme of the 16-20 November forum will be “Classic and Contemporary”. We’re looking forward to hearing more about what millennials are doing for the industry, in a panel discussion featuring Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of Art & Design at ECAL and Kurt Klaus of IWC, and listening to Fabrizio Buonamassa, director of Bulgari’s watch design centre, talk about discoveries and inventions: Paul O’Neil (WorldTempus) will also be debating counterfeit culture with Mohammed Seddiqi.
The revival of classical craftsmanship and contemporary techniques will be the focus of the main DWW 2017 exhibition. © Dubai Watch Week
There will be open and wide-ranging discussions on the evergreen themes of customisation, technology, e-commerce and counterfeiting by brand leaders, collectors and media. Laurence Nicolas, who chairs Dior’s watch department (and who rarely speaks in public) will tackle the issue of design, while Julien Tornare, Zenith CEO, will explain the importance of marketing in plotting a brand’s rebirth. The outspoken journalist Suzanne Wong and Audemars Piguet CEO François Henry Bennahmias will debate the question: “Are grand complications a men-only club?”
This year the DWW will also provide an opportunity to extend the annual celebration of the GPHG, with timepieces arriving straight from Geneva after the ceremony. Delegates will also have chance to share the excitement of the sale room in an auction workshop led by Christie’s, dive into a mechanical movement with legendary watchmakers, and to learn the art of engraving, enamelling and miniature painting with master craftsmen. Members of the public will have completely free access to the “Classic & Contemporary”, GPHG and “Telling the Time” exhibitions in the DIFC and Dubai Mall throughout the week.
All you need is your plane ticket, and your local guide is sure to show you where to find the best street food.
The Circle of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine is very clean and legible for a full calendar, thanks to the symmetrical placement of the apertures for your day and month above the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock hour markers, instead of the commonly utilized sub-dials. A blued hand to your pointer-style date further helps legibility and reduces dial clutter, keeping the overall design easy and elegant.The dauphine-style hands, Maltese cross logo and “bâtons de Genève” hour-markers (a fancy name for sticks) are notably made from platinum, but rather 18ct white gold. The most important reason for this could be that the machines used to create hands and indices are set up for gold rather than platinum — such tiny pieces would be incredibly difficult to craft out of platinum, possibly the most challenging metals to operate with in the luxury watch industry. Still, at this price point it might have a been a small, but neat touch of added focus, that could have worked nicely with the Pt950 bloating on the dial.A railroad minute trail runs the periphery of the dial, and using a well-proportioned minute hand reaching all the way to said track along with the hour sitting comfortably just inside the hour mark. Too often manufacturers compromise legibility with hands which are just a tad too brief or too long, a little qualm more decorative than practical in character, but one we thankfully do not need to worry about with all the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Entire Calendar Collection Excellence Platine. The hands and hour markers are bi-faceted, which ought to offer a drama of light and a few visual interest on the differently sandblasted platinum dial.At prime position near 6 o’clock on this dial is your moon phase indicator, which utilizes a mechanism more precise than the typical ones, since it requires over 122 years for it to be off with a full day. We know that is an arbitrary way of deciding the accuracy of a moon phase display, but accuracy certainly is not the actual reason behind the prevalence of this “poetic” display.