Walter Lange, Great-Grandson of Adolph Lange, and Honorary Chairman of A. Lange & Söhne passes away, aged 92

Tributes permeated Instagram earlier today, as sad news broke that Walter Lange, Co-Founder of modern A. Lange & Söhne, had passed away yesterday, January 16, 2017.

Walter Lange. (image credit A. Lange & Söhne)

Jean-Claude Biver to take over as interim CEO of Zenith

Zenith will soon fall under the stewardship of Jean-Claude Biver for an as yet unknown period of time, as Aldo Magada exits the role of President and CEO. Magada took the top job at Zenith in July 2014, after Jean-Frédéric Dufour vacated the position to become CEO of Rolex.

Prior to joining Zenith as President and CEO, Magada was International Director of Sales & Business Development at Breitling.

Independent watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. to drop ‘Swiss Made’ label from January 1, 2017

H. Moser & Cie. (HMC) has announced that it will drop the ‘Swiss Made’ demarcation from the dials of its watches from January 1, 2017. The move is in response to new legislation governing the ‘Swiss Made’ label, which the independent brand says are still too lax, and may actually mislead customers. The brand also says it will unveil the most ‘Swiss Made watch ever created’ on January 12, 2017. We can’t wait…

H. Moser & Cie. CEO Edouard Meylan was in Dubai for Dubai Watch Week just a month ago.

Christie’s announces new leadership structure

Auction house Christie’s has announced that it will be making changes to its governance structure, which will take effect from January 1, 2017. The 250-year old auction house has appointed Guillaume Cerutti to be its new CEO, based on the recommendation of current CEO Patricia Barbizet, and with the support of the Pinault family. The Pinault family owns Groupe Artémis, a French holding company that owns Christie’s as well as several other entities.

Guillaume Cerutti and Patricia Barbizet. © Christie’s 2016

Guillaume Cerutti and Patricia Barbizet. © Christie’s 2016

Al-Hussaini Trading Co. opens first Omega boutique in Riyadh

Omega’s timepieces have been available in Riyadh for several years but the brand now has its first boutique in the city, thanks to the efforts of Al-Hussaini Trading Co. The new boutique is situated in Panorama Mall, and was officially opened on November 24.

The boutique will carry a wide range of Omega's timepieces.

The boutique will carry a wide range of Omega’s timepieces.

Middle East ‘Watch of the Year’ 2016 Winners Announced

Following the conclusion of the third annual Salon des Grandes Complications, the 12th ‘Watch of the Year’ awards gala dinner was held on November 10, at the Ritz Carlton DIFC. 12 winners were selected by an independent group of regional watch collectors and connoisseurs, including H.E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Mishal Kanoo, Yousef Al Nowais and Roberta Naas.

All the 2016 winners on stage.

All the 2016 winners on stage.