Industry Heavy Hitters to Speak at Dubai Watch Week

Dubai Watch Week just announced that it’s corralled a roster of speakers for its Nov. 16–20 event that includes C-suite players from a handful of venerated brands, a watch media pioneer, and a big-time collector. 

Speakers will include Kurt Klaus, a lauded watchmaker and owner of Bovet Pascal Raffy; Laurence Nicolas, Dior’s president of timepieces; Ben Clymer, founder and CEO of luxury watch website and retailer Hodinkee; Francois-Paul Journe, founder of F.P Journe; and Claude Sfeir, a veteran timepiece collector.

Returning for its third consecutive year—under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice chairman of Dubai’s Culture & Arts Authority—the event will bring together more than 40 major watchmakers, a few industry icons, and, of course, collectors to share their knowledge and interact with one another.

The show was designed as a noncommercial, global platform dedicated to the preservation of watchmaking culture and heritage.

Melika Yazdjerdi, director of Dubai Watch Week, said in a statement that this year’s forum will host “a series of panel discussions designed to celebrate the way in which classical craftsmanship is married with contemporary techniques and aesthetics.”

Topics of discussion sound especially interesting this year and will include watch collecting (and what it takes to be acknowledged as a watch collector), the role of auction houses, why grand complications are targeted specifically to men, a look into new technologies and their impact on watchmaking, how millennial watchmakers are reshaping the art of timekeeping, and “a journey into the history of iconic vintage watches.”

 (Top: A Dubai Watch Week candid from the 2016 show courtesy of Dubai Watch Week)


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