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PROPERTY OF CLAUDE SFEIR TO BE SOLD TO BENEFIT THE RASHID CENTRE FOR DISABLED
Rashid Centre for Disabled
Rashid Centre for Disabled is an established humanitarian organization that was inaugurated in 1994. It provides top quality education and therapy services to children with special needs, aligning itself with international standards of excellence. At Rashid Centre, each child benefts from a tailored-made educational and therapeutical program carefully designed to meet his/her individual needs. The purpose of this approach is to develop the childrens abilities within their own environments (home, school, community) with the aim for them to be as independent and active as possible. Parents are also encouraged to be actively involved in their childs learning at the Centre.
Rashid Centre for Disabled delivers services that set high standards and expectations for children with special needs residing in the UAE, and to develop awareness and an understanding of disability issues in the Gulf Community. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary last April, the Centre now counts more than 300 children, aged between 5 and 18 years old. Rashid Centre for Disabled is conveniently located in central Dubai, behind the Mall of the Emirates, off Umm Suqeim Road.
The Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS
Christie's is proud to present F.P.Journe's 'Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS', that was especially designed to celebrate the opening of this luxury watch brands 10th boutique-shop in Beirut. This unique model was named after the city of Byblos, located on the Lebanese coast a few kilometres North of Beirut. Byblos was the cradle of Euro-Mediterranean civilisation, being the worlds oldest Phoenician port and one of the most important commercial and cultural platforms of the region. F.P.Journe's 'Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS' is a limited series of 99 numbered pieces.
For the first time, F.P.Journe has used a cut-out dial that reveals the exceptional, beautiful, 18k rose-gold mechanical movement adorned with guilloch decoration. With its blue hour circle featuring Arabic numerals, the 'Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS' represents the Oriental sun set against deep a Mediterranean blue sky. Another unprecedented characteristic of this model is the 'J' from the Phoenician alphabet in the F.P.Journe logo engraved on the movement. The Phoenician 'J' is the letter 'yodh', that means 'hand' and that hence emphasizes the importance of handcrafting in F.P.Journe's creations. Furthermore, 'yodh' is the tenth letter of the Phoenician alphabet, consequently alluding to F.P.Journe's 10th Boutique-shop in Beirut.
The present lot is part of the very few pieces which are being ftted with Eastern Arabic numerals on the dial.
The case of the 'Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS' is made of tantalum, a rare but hard metal, diffcult to work with, and sparsely used in horology, yet which is extremely resistant to corrosion and wear. Its hand-wound mechanical movement follows the traditional confguration of precision watches, with two barrels operating in parallel to provide uniform power for most of its total autonomy of 56 hours. Marked with its perpetual Invenit et Fecit motto, F.P.Journe watches possess an exclusive calibre that is invented, produced and assembled entirely in its workshops in the heart of Geneva.
Claude Sfeir is a Lebanese jewelry and watch collector based between Dubai, and Geneva. Sfeir has accumulated over 35 years of expertise in the feld of jewelry and horology having grown in the business in Beirut from a young age. He is a passionate collector of special timepieces and has earned the reputation of his peers in the feld as a knowledgeable expert. Sfeir has been a member of the panel of judges for the Grand Prix dHorlogerie de Genève (GPHG) which has also earned him the respect and confdence of a number of important collectors in the field.
'Without sharing with those in need, our success is never complete. I have participated to several charity auctions with much enthusiasm. This time I am donating this exclusive piece by F.P.Journe to the Rashid Centre for Disabled, with the hope that collectors will show generosity in their endorsement of this great institution which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of support to children with special needs, under the patronage of its Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.'