How an Urwerk UR-110 ended up on Robert Downey Jr.’s wrist in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming hit cinemas on July 7 and if – like this writer – you saw the film and caught the red carpet premiere videos on YouTube, you probably noticed that Robert Downey Jr., rocked an incredibly cool wristwatch. The watch was, in fact, a stunning Urwerk UR-110 RG but the really, really cool thing is that the watch was personally picked by Robery Downey Jr. himself. In other words, this was not a product placement deal.

Robert Downey Jr. wears a Urwerk UR110 RG to the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

15-Minutes with Stepan Sarpaneva

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to meet with an independent watchmaker that I’ve watched with interest for a couple of years – Finland’s Stepan Sarpaneva. Sarpaneva set-up both Sarpaneva Watches and S.U.F Helsinki back in 2003 but before we get into his brands, lets talk about the man and his impressive career.

Stepan Sarpaneva was in Dubai for a brief visit earlier in the year.

Watch-Spotting: The watches of John Wick

We’re massive fans of 2014’s John Wick, which stars Keanu Reeves as the titular assassin. The action thriller was a hugely enjoyable film, and with John Wick: Chapter 2 playing in cinemas, we decided to re-watch the original before checking out the sequel. We also ceased the opportunity to do a bit of watch-spotting…

Wick wears his watch face down.

An evening of Haute Horology with Al Manara International Jewellery

On December 7 Abu Dhabi luxury watch retailer Al Manara International Jewellery invited Horology Middle East, and other regional bloggers for an evening of ‘exceptional timepieces’. The location was the Al Hosen Suite at the St. Regis – Corniche, Abu Dhabi, and boy was it a night to remember.

How’s this for an attention-getter? Two exceptional Milles, a taste of things to come.

The five things we enjoyed the most at Dubai Watch Week 2016

Going into the second edition of Dubai Watch Week (DWW), we were certain that event organiser Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons had something incredible in store. The first DWW was a fantastic horological event, and although our expectations were high for the second edition, the Middle East’s largest watch retailer exceeded them all. We’re now 100% sure that DWW has established Dubai as the horological destination to visit, in the second half of the year.

Dubai Watch Week 2016 should be a frame of reference for other retailers intending to create their own horological events.

Dubai Watch Week 2016 should be a frame of reference for other retailers intending to create their own horological events.

Dubai Watch Week 2016 grows significantly in stature

Following its first successful run in 2015, Dubai Watch Week (DWW) 2016 is officially underway, and runs from November 16 to 19 at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). DWW is the Middle East’s most prominent horological event, and for 2016 event organiser Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons – the Middle East’s largest watch retailer – has upped the scope of the event significantly.

The region's preeminent horological event is underway.

The region’s preeminent horological event is underway.