Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, often considered the Oscars of the watchmaking industry, held its first ever exhibition in the Middle East in Dubai on Tuesday.
The event, which is the only globally recognised independent international awards for excellence in the manufacturing of watches, was inaugurated at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and is now open to the public.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the exhibition will be available for viewing until October 24 and is free to view.
“This will be our first time bringing these exquisite timepieces to the Middle East and it is a pleasure to showcase this year’s edition of an event that has been dubbed the watch industry ‘Oscars’ by many, and offer the opportunity to experience the watches that have been pre-selected by the distinguished jury of this 13th Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix,” said Carlo Lamprecht, President of the GPHG Foundation.
Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, Vice-Chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, and jury member at the 2011 GPHG awards, added the UAE is the ninth largest watch market globally and holds the highest demand across GCC, followed by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
“This exhibition is a milestone for the watch industry of the Middle East and serves as a reminder of the growing importance of Dubai as a pivotal tour de force within the region.
"To have the GPHG in Dubai is a great honor and a positive sign of great things to come,” Seddiqi said.
Shortlisted from more than 200 nominees, 69 watches are on display, vying for the top spot in 10 categories.
This is the first time the GPHG exhibition will be coming to the Middle East, as part of its international tour, and the winners of each category will be announced on November 15 in the Grand Theatre De Genève in Switzerland.