Dubai Watch Week will return for its third consecutive edition this year, the event will take place from November 16-20. The event is expected to welcome thousands of visitors including more than 60 industry legends and brands.

Expect to see more watchmaking masterclasses

The first two editions were well received by the region’s collectors and enthusiasts and this year the event returns with the theme ‘Classic and Contemporary’. According to a press release from the organizers, “the theme explores the evolution of watchmaking, by bringing the industry’s rich heritage to light as well as championing its innovation and creativity - connecting the past to the present.” Expect to see more watchmaking masterclasses, creative hubs and panels this year.

 “This year we will carefully design an attraction that will appeal to seasoned watch collectors, watch enthusiasts and visitors to the fair,” said Melika Yazdjerdi, director of Dubai Watch Week.

The event, held at Dubai’s DIFC district with exhibitions at Dubai Mall, is an annual meeting point for the region’s collectors and enthusiasts. The panel discussions featuring some industry leaders and veterans provide some great insights in to the industry and horology in general. It’s not uncommon to run into legends like independent watchmaker Philippe Dufour and Jean-Pierre Hagmann (he made an appearance last year) during the event.

At the 2016 edition, a clutch of limited edition watches were released by participating brands including IWC, H. Moser & Cie, Romaine Jerome and Vacheron Constantin. Dubai Watch Week is organized by the city-based luxury retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and in association with Fondation de Haute Horlogerie (FHH).