In the heart of the mesmerising desert city, where luxury meets innovation, a horological extravaganza is set to unfold – welcome to Dubai Watch Week 2023. This annual celebration of timepieces transcends the conventional boundaries of watch exhibitions, transforming into a captivating journey where craftsmanship, technology, and style converge in perfect harmony.
Established under the leadership of Her Royal Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Watch Week 2023 was initiated by the Emirati watch retailer, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. The 6th installment of this exhibition is all set to take place at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from November 16 to November 20. The horological soiree is an opportunity for horological enthusiasts, industry aficionados, and fashion connoisseurs to come together and explore the latest creations.
Dubai Watch Week 2023 brings together over 50 brands spanning fashion, art, beauty, and watchmaking, alongside a distinguished lineup of speakers and exhibitors, all converging in a singular space and unveiling the future of timekeeping while paying homage to the timeless traditions that define their art. From technical intricacies to artistic expressions and philosophical perspectives, the event delves into questions about the codes of conduct in horology, the latest techniques in artistic watchmaking, and the possibility of acquiring fundamental watchmaking skills in just three hours. It’s an enlightening occasion designed to provide answers to these inquiries, contributing to the continual evolution of the horological landscape.
Participating brands at the Dubai Watch Week 2023
In honour of the artistic convergence inherent in horology, a diverse selection of brands, including Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Chopard, Carl F Bucherer, Arnold & Son, Chanel, Breitling, Bulgari, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Grand Seiko, Maximilian Büsser and Friends, and TAG Heuer, and others will be participating in Dubai Watch Week 2023. Scroll down to take a look at some of the watches:
The Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral ‘Green Paradise’ by Carl F Bucherer is a one-of-a-kind interpretation of a limited-edition watch in black released earlier in 2023. Set against an 18-karat white gold case, this timepiece features a vibrant bezel adorned with 40 baguette-cut 3.9-carat tsavorites, sapphires, and rubies arranged in a seamless rainbow formation. The dial boasts 11 additional gemstones, precisely color-matching those on the bezel. The interplay of colors makes a joyful yet subtly intriguing statement against the dark green dial and strap.
Duke by Vianney Halter watch is the second series in the young brand’s portfolio to date. The case, meticulously fashioned in stainless steel or tantalum, features a distinctive asymmetrical shape that captures attention. The complexity of the case design is a nod to the brand’s avant-garde approach, making the Duke a conversation piece and a wrist-borne marvel.
In the illustrious fleet of Rolex timepieces, the Yacht-Master stands as an icon of nautical sophistication and precision craftsmanship. Crafted in robust materials such as stainless steel, rose gold and platinum, the watch is a robust companion for the high seas. With the rotatable bezel and the Perpetual Caliber 3135, the Yacht-Master ensures accurate timekeeping even in the most challenging conditions.
Encased in polished stainless steel, the Grand Seiko SBGY007 boasts the Spring Drive Caliber 9RA, ensuring not just accuracy but a remarkable 120-hour power reserve. The Zaratsu-polished case and meticulous dial details showcase the brand’s commitment to precision and innovation.
Crafted in platinum, the Globetrotter by is a horological masterpiece by Arnold & Son. With a 45mm case housing the A&S6022 movement, it seamlessly combines opulence with precision. The world-time indication on its intricately detailed dial transforms it into a navigational tool for global enthusiasts. Limited in number, this platinum edition is not just a watch; it’s a collector’s statement, embodying Arnold & Son’s legacy of innovation and exclusivity.
In a blend of titanium and ceramic, the 45mm Classic Fusion captures attention with its rich blue dial and coordinating strap. Driven by Hublot’s caliber HUB1112, it harmonizes precision with a 42-hour power reserve. Versatile and chic, this timepiece seamlessly merges contemporary design with timeless elegance, establishing itself as an iconic accessory for any event.
All About The Masterclasses
Beyond the tick-tock of watches, one can also engage in interactive activities and insightful masterclasses that transcend the conventional and help you delve into the artistry of watch design, decode the secrets behind complications, and witness the fusion of tradition and innovation in real-time. Some of the masterclasses are listed below:
Create Your Resin Clock- Gabets Gallery (Nov 17- Nov 18)
This engaging masterclass invites you to explore the fascinating world of resin artistry. During this enthralling workshop, you will immerse yourself in the realm of epoxy resin, crafting your personalised resin interior clock.
Listen To The Pulse Of Your Timepiece- Maison Alcée (Nov 16- Nov 18)
In this hands-on session with Maison Alcée, you’ll construct the components of the regulator, starting from the balance-and-spring assembly to the installation of rubies. This distinctive opportunity will have you utilising clockmaker’s screwdrivers, tweezers, an oil-pike, allowing you to witness the movement gradually coming to life.
Into The Heart Of Gemmology- Audemars Piguet (Nov 18)
Immerse yourself in the realm of gemology, investigating the traits, quality, and value of gemstones. This masterclass will additionally offer a perspective on the fascinating journey that gemstones undertake to embellish jewellery and watch creations. It will provide a glimpse into various gem-setting techniques that have evolved over time.
Anticipate gaining insights into the intricacies of crafting exquisite movements and acquiring the skills to harmonise horological expertise with artistry seamlessly.
Craft Your Story With Norwegian Silver Spoon Rings- Sheikhen (Nov 17- Nov 18)
In this session, one can perfect the craft of fashioning spoon rings with Sheikhen Designs. From exploring the detailed journey of turning vintage Norwegian silver spoons into stunning wearable art to embracing sustainable practices, this experience guides you through the entire process. Participate in this exclusive session to craft your own distinct piece of history and fashion and depart with a personally crafted spoon ring, a tangible emblem of both creativity and sustainability.