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Dubai Watch Week 2016 unveils major programs for its second edition

Dubai Watch Week features a robust itinerary to include compelling horology forum, creative hubs, exhibitions and masterclasses

Organized by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Watch Week (DWW) -- under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority—today announces key programme highlights for the event taking place at The Dubai Mall (15th-29th November) and Dubai International Financial Centre (15th – 19th November).

The Dubai International Financial Centre

For its second edition, DWW 2016 continues its objective to raise awareness for master craftsmanship and innovation in the watch industry and to share this passion with the rest of the world. While positioning Dubai as a global platform for horology in the region, DWW covers a wide range of topics for any audience including exhibition panels that are free and open to the general public. This year’s itinerary includes 4 major exhibitions; 22 watchmaking master classes, 15 Creative Hubs and 16 panels at the Horology Forum that will bring the world’s most prominent watch icons including the following highlights:

Creative Hubs

DWW 2016’s newest addition, the Creative Hub is presented through a series of talks that are designed to foster creativity and showcase innovation. This year, for the first edition of the Creative Hub, there will special launches and announcements made by over 10 brands, a session by Christie’s on curating a collection and Hodinkee hosting their first networking platform at the Dubai Watch Week. All the sessions at the Creative Hub will take place from the 16th to 19th of November at Socialista, at Cipriani located in the Gate Village DIFC.

The Dubai Watch Week 2016

Watchmaking Masterclasses

DWW’s second year sees the return of the renowned AHCI Watchmakers welcoming Antoine & Florian Preziuso, Vianney Halter and Andreas Strehlerfor 2016.

A very special guest this year will be the world’s best-known case-maker, Jean-Pierre Hagmann. Most noted for his work with Patek Philippe, his work is the point of reference for case making and he leads a legacy as one of the most skilled artisans in his field. At almost 76 years old, his passion and energy for watches is contagious and the chance to interact in a masterclass under his guidance is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

In addition to master classes hosted by AHCI watch makers, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger LeCoultre, Panerai and Vacheron Constantin. All master classes will from 15th to 19th November at Art Space gallery located in the Gate Village DIFC.

Master of Time Exhibition

The Dubai Mall’s Grand Atrium will be host to over 100 museum pieces, which will showcase the region’s largest watch exhibition to date in The Mastery of Time curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) and will a special presentation of unique pieces curated by the participating brands.

"Master of Time" Exhibition - Octagonal pendant watch with one hand, anonymous, Blois (France), France, first half of the 17th C.

24 Hours in The Life of Swiss Cuckoo Clock

The Fashion Catwalk will be home to unique Cuckoo Clock exhibition from the 15th – 29th of November curated by Alexandra Midal. The exhibit will be showcasing 24 modern renditions of the Swiss emblematic figure of time created by students of HEAD-Genève art school.

"24 Hours in The Life of a Swiss Cuckoo Clock" Exhibition - Swiss Paradise © Marie Ivol

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve

The GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve) will be presenting their annual travelling exhibitionof winning watches at the Ayyam Gallery from 15th to 19th November located in the Gate Village DIFC.  In addition, this year, guests will also have the rare opportunity to meet and greet select members of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve and share information in an informal, open setting through whilst viewing the GPHG 2016 winning watches.

All the laureates - GPHG 2016

Horological Movements

Curated by Dubai Watch Week and participating brands, the Horological Movements exhibition will introduce guests to the watch movements and complications and visitors will have a rare opportunity to meet the “masters of time” – brand CEOs, Founders and watchmakers. The exhibition will run from 15th – 19th November located in the Farjam Foundation and Opera Gallery locate in the Gate Village DIFC.

Make Time Your Own

This year, for the very first time Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons have curated an experience called Make Time Your Own. The experience will let the visitor step into the world of time as they experience four different relationships with Time; Walk with time, Control Time, Let Time Slip Away and Hold Time Still. The activation will run from 15th to 19th November at Yadoti, located in the Gate Village DIFC.

Horology Forum

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 Smart Watches, Digital Curators, 100 Years of Watchmaking and What Makes the Value of a Watch.

Wednesday 16th November 2016 

10:00 – 11:00 - The Language of Time
12:00 – 13:00 - Evolution of a brand
15:00 – 16:00 - Creative economy
17:00 – 18:00 - Challenges of a retailer

Thursday, 17th November 2016

10:00 – 11:00 - Digital Curators
12:00 – 13:00 - Design & Creativity
15:00 – 16:00 - Haute Horology
17:00 – 18:00 - Smart Watches

Friday 18th November 2016

10:00 – 11:00 - It’s Complicated
12:00 – 13:00 - Dynamic Changes
15:00 – 16:00 - 100 years of watchmaking
17:00 – 18:00 - Starting your own brand

Saturday 19th November 2016

10:00 – 11:00 - What makes the value of a watch?
12:00 – 13:00 Metiers d'Art - The art of craftsmanship
15:00 – 16:00 - Brand ambassadors
16:30 – 17.30 - The Power of Influence

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