By Salma Awwad
'Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève’ exhibits some of the most exclusive watches available
Described as the Oscars of watches and watchmaking, the 'Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève' (GPHG) will hold its first Middle East exhibition where leading contenders for the best timepieces in their respective categories will be showcased.
The globally recognised independent international awards for excellence in watchmaking will be presented by Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons and hosted at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
The exhibition will be complimentary to view from October 23 – 24, 2013 and will display the 70 shortlisted watches, out of more than 200 nominees, aiming for the top spot in 10 categories including innovative and complicated watches.
In addition to displaying watches that are pushing the boundaries of technical innovation, design and novelty by leading watch brands, workshops by watch experts and collectors will also be offered on both days.
Vice-Chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Abdul Hamied Seddiqi served as a jury member at the 2011 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève awards.
"It is a source of great pride for the United Arab Emirates that the GPHG will be exhibiting in Dubai- the GPHG attracts the crème de la crème of the watchmaking industry and is a coveted distinction that is sought after by the biggest names in the watch-making industry,” he stated.
“To have the opportunity to experience firsthand these complicated, technically complex and visually inspiring timepieces is a rare privilege and I look forward to sharing our passion for Swiss watches with the guests attending the exhibition," Seddiqi added.
Offering an intimate insight into the world of exceptional timepieces, the GPHG exhibition brings together the biggest stars of the horology industry.
The arrival of this event to our region acknowledges the growing strength, relevance and importance of the Middle East as a market for Swiss timepieces.
Beyond the Middle East, the GPHG exhibition will tour destinations such as Beijing, Singapore, and Geneva where the winners will be announced on November 15, 2013.
Emirates will be the official partner to the local event, and Sheıkh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates' Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (Gulf, Middle East & Iran), stated "With 1,483 departures a week from our hub in Dubai, time is everything to Emirates so it is fitting that we are the Official Airline for this event."