I have been collecting watches since my childhood. In time, I developed a real passion for sports chronographs and fell headfirst in love with Zenith and their famous El Primero movement. One thing lead to another and soon I found myself collecting Zenith watches. Fortunately, the brand acknowledged my passion and I was given the opportunity to acquire some unique pieces.
That said, if I have to take on WatchTime’s Two Watch Agenda and pare down my collection to just two, here are the two timepieces that I would keep.
Zenith Elite Grand Feu Enamel unique piece
This unique piece is a result of my long relationship with Zenith. The idea was to create a Grand Feu enamel dial with a painting that represents my family legacy and heritage using the 39 mm rose gold Zenith Elite Classic Ultra-Thin (Ref. 18.2290.679/18.C498).
My Family name Bin Dheyab, (Dheyab is the Arabic world for wolf). In Arab culture, the wolf is associated with bravery, wisdom and strong family bonding. The four wolves in this painting represent my family - my wife, daughter, son, and I - and the background represents the desert of the UAE.
The exhibition caseback has two custom engravings – one says ‘unique piece’ and the other reads ‘Bin Dheyab Legacy’. The self-winding Elite 679 movement serves to power this watch. It was presented in a special box that can be turned into a cigar humidor. On top of this box is a plaque with the engraving “For the strength of the wolf is the pack and for the strength of the pack is the wolf.”
Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon ‘Arab Watch Club’ Edition
The Arnold and Son HM Perpetual Moon with the salmon-toned guilloche-pattern dial and hand-engraved moon in white gold was part of a limited run of 22 watches made for Arab Watch Club, a Dubai-based group in 2017.
My son was born in the same year and as a dedication to him, there is a special engraving on the caseback, “For you my son 2017”.
This is a 42 mm stainless steel case with an exhibition caseback and is powered by the handwound manufacture A&S1512 movement. The movement has hand-chamfered rhodium-plated bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and rayonnate Côtes de Genève decoration, blued screws with beveled and mirror-polished heads.
- Abdalla Bin Dheyab is a Sharjah-based collector