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.

Hands-on: A couple of cool in blue H. Moser & Cie watches

Earlier this year, a little before BaselWorld 2015 began, H. Moser & Cie (HMC) took the wraps off a couple of new watches. The first was the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue, followed by the Dual Time Midnight Blue Fumé Venturer Tourbillon, and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time with both at the inaugural Dubai Watch Week.

Blue dials are in, and these are among the best we've ever seen.

Blue dials are in, and these are among the best we’ve ever seen.

Audemars Piguet boutique reopens in Mall of the Emirates

Fans and collectors of Audemars Piguet (AP) timepieces can once again turn to Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, as the AP boutique has reopened for business. Closed several weeks prior, the flagship boutique has undergone a complete rework, and now boasts a new design concept in line with other AP locations around the world. The boutique is managed by AP’s long time UAE retail partner Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.

As one of Dubai’s most popular malls, this boutique is a key location for Audemars Piguet and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.

Breitling has a dedicated hangar at the Dubai Mall

Tool watch specialist Breitling has become the latest brand to establish a dedicated boutique at the prestigious Dubai Mall. The 130-year old independent brand’s new hangar is located close to the mall’s main entrance, between the Grand Atrium and the Bloomingdale Atrium, alongside watch brands such as Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, and Vacheron Constantin. The new boutique is Breitling’s fourth dedicated boutique in Dubai.

The boutique was officially opened on October 18.

The boutique was officially opened on October 18.