Hot on the heels of the first Salon des Grandes Complications, the annual Middle East ‘Watch of the Year’ awards took place at the Ritz-Carlton, DIFC on Thursday, November 27. Brands were honored for their contributions to watchmaking across 11 categories.
An independent panel of 12 judges were responsible for selecting the winners including Frederic Watrelot, head of Christie’s Watch departments in Hong Kong and Dubai, H.E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa of Bahrain, UAE businessman Mishal Kanoo and American watch journalist Roberta Naas, along with several connoisseurs and collectors. Results were said to be independently adjudicated by international law firm Morgan Lewis.
Below are the categories as well as the brands and timepieces that won:
Best Multi-Time Zone Watch – Jaeger-LeCoultre, Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Best Tourbillon Watch – Cartier, Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire watch
Best Classical Watch – Bovet Fleurier, Récital 12 “Monsieur Dimier”
Best High-End Jewellery Watch – Graff, MasterGraff Tourbillon 45mm Fully Set with Diamonds
Best Technical Innovation Watch – Greubel Forsey, QP à Equation
Best Sports Watch – Roger Dubuis, Pulsion Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
Best Men’s Watch – Cartier, Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire watch
Best Ladies Watch – Van Cleef & Arpels, Pont des Amoureux Poetic Complication
Best Chronograph Watch – De Bethune, DB28 Maxichrono
Best Design Watch – Arnold & Son, Time Pyramid
Best Independent Watch Brand – MB&F
The first edition of the ‘Watch of the Year’ awards took place in 2005, the event aims to establish industry standards and raise awareness of watch culture and horological craftsmanship across the region.