Inaugural Salon des Grandes Complications opens in Dubai

The Atrium at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) will play host to a number of watchmaking brands, collectors and enthusiasts, as the first edition of the Salon des Grandes Complication (SDGC) is now open for business. The fine watchmaking exhibition will run for three days, leading in to the annual Middle East ‘Watch of the Year’ gala on Thursday, November 27.

The Salon des Grandes Complications aims to connect watch enthusiasts and collectors to brands.

The Salon des Grandes Complications aims to connect watch enthusiasts and collectors to brands.

TAG Heuer expands Formula 1 watch family

Amidst the backdrop of the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, TAG Heuer called upon CEO Stephane Linder, McLaren Mercedes Formula One driver and brand ambassador Jenson Button, and two Gyrfalcons to take the wraps off its latest timepiece – the Formula 1 Calibre 16 automatic watch.

Stephane Linder, CEO of TAG Heuer (left) and Jenson Button, TAG Heuer brand ambassador (right) were present at the event. Button had just finished participating in qualifying laps at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Stephane Linder, CEO of TAG Heuer (left) and Jenson Button, TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador (right) were present at the event. Button had just finished participating in qualifying laps at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 Calibre 16 – reference CAZ2011.FT8024 – is a racing inspired sports chronograph that features a 44mm case made from black titanium carbide coated steel. It features three sub dials and is powered by TAG’s Calibre 16 automatic movement, which – on this watch – offers a date complication and 42 hours of power reserve.

Visiting with A. Lange & Söhne at The Dubai Mall

Nearly a month ago, on October 24, A. Lange & Söhne celebrated the 20th birthday of the Lange 1. The Saxon watchmaker paid tribute to the watch family by introducing some extraordinary limited edition timepieces such as the Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst (read our story about this watch by clicking here) and the Lange 1 “20th Anniversary” sets (read about these sets by clicking here).

The A. Lange & Söhne boutique at The Dubai Mall (press image)

The A. Lange & Söhne boutique at The Dubai Mall (press image)

Since they were introduced Lange has been taking these watches – along with some of their other 2014 novelties – on a world tour. On November 16th those very watches were in Dubai for a special event at the company’s flagship boutique in The Dubai Mall. Ahead of the event A. Lange & Söhne very graciously granted us early access to the watches for some wrist (and drooling) time.

MB&F has a Space Pirate in its midst

Shiver me timbers! MB&F has just reinforced its position as one of the preeminent independent brands when it comes to mechanical art, and it’s all thanks to its new Horological Machine 6 (HM6) Space Pirate. It’s unlike anything that we (and we’re sure the watch world at large) has ever seen before, it’s well finished, and brilliantly executed by the brand that laughs in the face of normalcy.

It took us a while to believe it but, yes, it's a wristwatch and it tells the time.

It took us a while to believe it but, yes, it’s a wristwatch and it tells the time.