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Dubai Watch Week | 24–28 November

Christie’s is proud to be the longstanding partner of Dubai Watch Week, an annual event that serves as an educational platform for the purpose of sharing knowledge, building connections and celebrating watchmaking. It brings together the watch world’s biggest collectors and thought leaders who often participate in the Horology Forum panel discussions held during the event.

The Christie’s pavilion is divided into two sections — an exhibition space and a knowledge centre that will host all our talks and lectures. We will also have complimentary watch evaluations throughout the event, by appointment only. Join us at the Dubai International Financial Centre from 24–28 November for the most important watch event of the year. For more information on the event programme, please contact us or visit dubaiwatchweek.com.



Programme-at-a-glance

  • 24 November


    3pm – 5pm

    Universal Genève: A Collector's Initiation


    Hosted by Max Bernardini, who will share his experience collecting Universal Genève watches and explain why they remain an underappreciated and undervalued brand in the vintage watch world. This is a masterclass in understanding the relation between value and price.


    5pm – 7pm

    The Current State of the Collector's Watch Market


    In a post-Covid world, Eric Tortella discusses what the current market reflects and what the future of watch collecting looks like.


    7pm – 9pm

    HSBC cocktail reception

    25 November


    12pm – 2pm

    The Collector's Journey with Ali Nael


    Trace Ali Nael’s 10-year journey from being a young watch enthusiast to a seasoned collector and trader. The author will share anecdotes from his odyssey across continents hunting for rare timepieces, how he built his network and developed a roadmap of acquisition for himself and his clients.


    3pm – 5pm

    Sandro Fratini's ‘Storia D'amore’ with His Watches


    A collector who began in the 1970s, Fratini is known to have possibly the largest watch collection in the world today. His collection is focused on traditional vintage watches, mainly Patek Philippe and Rolex and they have prominently featured in his book titled My Time. Sandro discusses his experiences of collecting along the way and how he came to achieve this grand collection showcased in his book.


  • 5pm – 7pm

    A History of Collecting Watches


    Join Eric Tortella, watch expert & Patek Phillipe scholar, as he takes you through a retrospective of the phases and evolution of the watch market since the mechanical watch renaissance.


    26 November


    3pm – 5pm

    Kids Auction


    A creative moment for kids, aged 7 to 15 years old, to experience the thrill of the saleroom.


    5pm – 7pm

    How to Build a Formidable Patek Philippe Collection?


    So you want to buy a Patek? Attend this talk to hear it from one of the world's leading Patek Philippe scholar, Eric Tortella. Discuss and understand what you need to look for when you invest in a Patek Phillipe watch to build a strong and enduring collection.


    27 November


    10am

    Livestream Auction: An Exceptional Season of Watches Including The Champion Collection


     Join our Hong Kong ‘An Exception Season of Watches’ auction live at the Christie’s Pavilion.


    3pm – 5pm

    Sandro Fratini's ‘Storia D'amore’ with His Watches


    A collector who began in the 1970s, Fratini is known to have possibly the largest watch collection in the world today. His collection is focused on traditional vintage watches, mainly Patek Philippe and Rolex and they have prominently featured in his book titled My Time. Sandro discusses his experiences of collecting along the way and how he came to achieve this grand collection showcased in his book.


  • 5pm – 7pm

    The Collector's Journey with Ali Nael


    Trace Ali Nael’s 10-year journey from being a young watch enthusiast to a seasoned collector and trader. The author will share anecdotes from his odyssey across continents hunting for rare timepieces, how he built his network and developed a roadmap of acquisition for himself and his clients.


    28 November

    2pm – 3pm

    Top 20th and 21st Century Artists from the Region


    Suzy Sikorski, Specialist in Middle Eastern 20th and 21st Century Art at Christie's, discusses the top 10 artists to watch from across the region. A look into the most sought-after series made in part by top auction records and private sales with an international appetite.


    3pm – 4pm

    An Insider's Perspective on How to Win Big at Auctions


    As a emerging collector, the auction room can be an intimidating space. Hosted by Remy Julia and Nitin Nair, both industry experts from Christie's, this talk will offer an insider's perspective on what to expect, how to bid and, more importantly, when to stop.


    4pm – 5pm

    A 10-Year Review of the Evolution of Watches in the UAE


    Remy Julia analyses the results from watch auctions held in Dubai over the last decade and picks out the trends that allowed Christie's Dubai to grow exponentially through this time.

Meet the speakers



Christie's is pleased to present some of the top thought leaders and luxury market innovators for a series of talks at Dubai Watch Week.




Exhibitions on view


Patek Phillipe ‘My Dream’ collection

The personal collection of Ali Nael, a renowned Singapore-based collector and trader, who curated a Patek Phillipe collection focused on quality. The collection includes a wide variety of pieces dating from 1858 to 1995.

The ‘Boom Boom Collection’

A personal watch collection from a discerning Asian collector featuring contemporary timepieces with a focus on Patek Phillipe grand complications and highly sought-after Richard Mille.

Universal Genève: Greatest Hits

The personal collection of Max Bernardini, a renowned Italian watch collector and leading trader with a fascination in Universal Genève timepieces. This exhibition will showcase the depth of the brand's repertoire from mid-century military watches to chronographs from the 1960s.

My Time by Sandro Fratini

Meet Sandro Fratini and his collection embodied into the book My Time that features the spirit of his vintage collection. This book features one of the most important watch collections ever published in the world. Some of the timepieces included in the book will be present at the exhibition.

Get a watch valuation


To find out more about your individual pieces or collection, our specialists are at your disposal for free and confidential valuations.

Valuation dates
24 November, 2pm – 3pm
25 November, 11am – 12pm
26 November, 11:30am – 12:30pm
27 November, 11:30am – 1pm
28 November, 11:30pm – 1pm

Venue information

Venue
Dubai International Financial
Centre (DIFC)
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Viewing
24–28 November

Contacts
Remy Julia
rjulia@christies.com

Bob Xue
qxue@christies.com

Nitin Nair
nitinnair@christies.com



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