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Horology Forum Draws Watchmakers to London
Horology Forum Draws Watchmakers to London
Words Iain Royce
August 12. 2018

20+ speakers confirmed for the 4th edition of the Dubai Watch Week initiative, including Pascal Raffy, Lucien Vouillamoz & Fiona Krüger.

Words Iain Royce
August 12, 2018

Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s have announced new developments on the first international chapter of the Horology Forum.

An original concept created by Dubai Watch Week, the fourth edition of the forum will be held in collaboration with Christie’s on September 11-12 in London — home of the Greenwich meridian and a hearth of cultural exchange. 

The forum is a coveted intellectual space that enables riveting discussions between leading watch curators, pioneers, authors, collectors, brands and industry professionals. This year, guests will be treated to a concentrated programme of events that captures the spirit of the Horology Forum, which has become Dubai Watch Week’s trademark event since its inception.

Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s will be hosting more than 20 speakers, including legendary industry icons such as Pascal Raffy, visionary owner of Bovet 1882; Roger W. Smith OBE, British watchmaker and master of The Daniels Method; Lucien Vouillamoz, cofounder of the intrinsically fluid and innovative brand HYT; and Fiona Krüger, founder and designer of Fiona Kruger Timepieces.

Raffy, who has been credited with restoring the House of Bovet to its former grandeur after he became the unique owner in 2001, is a prominent member of the speaker lineup at the Horology Forum. Contemporary horology notably owes him the introduction of the Amadeo system enabling the conversion of a timepiece into a table clock, a pocket watch or a reversible wristwatch — and to do so without any tools.

This edition of the Horology Forum is expected to attract a number of prominent figures from the community and we look forward to exploring British timekeeping heritage tied in with Christie’s extensive expertise in the world of horology.
— Melika Yazdjerdi, Dubai Watch Week Director

Smith is a long-anticipated panellist. Inspired by a visit by Dr George Daniels in 1987 to show his iconic Space Traveller pocket watch at his horological college was the moment that Roger W. Smith embarked on a seven-year quest to master The Daniels Method, learning all 32 trades of the British watchmaker to become worthy of collaborating with the great master himself. Having established the Roger W. Smith studio in 2001, with its unswerving ethos to only craft watches by hand, to a peerless standard of horological excellence.  

Attendees will experience Vouillamoz’s nuclear physicist mind while hearing fromt the inventor of the groundbreaking fluid technology used by horological luxury brand HYT combining fluids and mechanics in a wristwatch to indicate the time. A colored liquid documents the recent past; a transparent fluid indicates the foreseeable future. Their meeting point is a meniscus, aka the now.

Krüger, artist and disruptive designer, will engage in the forum with the same passion she has for her raw, eccentric designs and pioneering tactics that has skyrocketed her to the forefront of the contemporary watch industry scene. As the owner of Fiona Krüger Timepieces, an independent watch brand founded in 2013 and boasting notable collections such as The Skull and the Chaos Collection, Krüger maintains a background of excellence and creativity, developing designs for other creative haute horlogerie brands including Speake-Marin, Fabergé and a co-creation with Swiss clock manufacturer L’Epée1839.

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This year’s Horology Forum welcomes back Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer at Seddiqi Holding and a member of the Dubai Watch Week executive committee. Seddiqi is an influential collector and harbinger of knowledge. He strives to further develop the technique of collecting and know-how in the region.

Melika Yazdjerdi, Director of Dubai Watch Week and Senior Marketing & Communication Director at Seddiqi Holding, commented: “London is an important horological market that has a rich heritage in the industry. This edition of the Horology Forum is expected to attract a number of prominent figures from the community and we look forward to exploring British timekeeping heritage tied in with Christie’s extensive expertise in the world of horology.”

Said John Reardon, Senior Vice-President of International Head of Watches at Christie’s: “We are honoured to partner with Dubai Watch Week for the first international edition of the Horology Forum and continue to be a proud supporter of this initiative. We look forward to hosting leading voices in the horology industry and providing them with the perfect platform to foster discussions around the world of horology.”

Further information will be revealed in due course.

Iain Royce
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