Dubai Watch Week’s inaugural edition hosts auction of rare timepieces
In partnership with Christie’s, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons presents an exclusive auction for two of the world’s most coveted timepieces The Middle East’s most highly anticipated event for horology-- Dubai Watch Week (DWW)-- in partnership
In partnership with Christie’s, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons presents an exclusive auction for two of the world’s most coveted timepieces
The Middle East’s most highly anticipated event for horology– Dubai Watch Week (DWW)– in partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading auction house and DWW’s exclusive auction partner for the inaugural edition—unveils the final major event in the week’s itinerary: the Vision Timepiece auctions. DWW, organised by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, will donate the proceeds raised from the sale of these timepieces to Dubai Cares, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization that aims to provide children in developing countries with access to quality education.
“Dubai Watch Week will be the center-point of attention for the entire watch industry as of mid-October and Christie’s is thrilled to be part of it. To underline the importance of this event Christie’s will be showcasing alongside the 160 watch strong Dubai sale content, highlights from the other three main auction rooms – New York, Hong Kong and Geneva. Dubai Watch Week will offer an important platform for sharing ideas, building partnerships, and literally making Dubai the center of the watch world for this sure to be memorable event,” says John Reardon, International Head of Christie’s global watch department.
Christie’s will auction two key pieces during DWW — the limited edition Hublot Dubai Editions of the Vision I and Vision II timepieces. Designed by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and engineered in the workshops of Hublot in Switzerland in 2008, The Vision – I is Hublot’s first Titanium watch in history with a striking rose gold applied numerals and gold screws. “The Vision” was developed and named as a tribute to the foresight and acumen of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The astounding success of the First Hublot Dubai Limited Edition watches paved the way for creation of a second masterpiece, The Vision – II, a titanium watch with striking rose gold Arabic numerals. Again developed by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and engineered in the workshops of Hublot, this audacious design has already proved to be highly coveted even before the timepiece has been manufactured.
“We are extremely honored to be supporting the efforts and dedication of Dubai Cares, an organization that has so far made a difference in the lives of more than 14 million beneficiaries in 41 developing countries. Education is one of the most important needs in a child’s life and we hope that collectors will show generous support for Dubai Cares programs around the world through the auctions of the Hublot Dubai Editions, Vision I and Vision II during Dubai Watch Week,” said Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Operating Officer, Seddiqi Holding.
Commenting on the exclusive auction, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: “Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is the largest retailer of Swiss brand watches in the Middle East, and it is an absolute honour for us to be involved in this unique and opulent auction that will raise funds for underprivileged children around the world. We are looking forward to seeing these beautiful timepieces at the auction and hope it will inspire other organizations in the corporate sector to donate their exclusive products and host charity auctions such as this one. On behalf of Dubai Cares, I would like to thank Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons for their selection of Dubai Cares as a charity beneficiary.”