Jean Christophe Babin - Group CEO of Bulgari

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Jean-Christophe Babin – Group CEO of Bulgari.

Interview With Jean Christophe Babin – Group CEO of Bulgari

 Mr. Babin took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Babin walks us through this year’s stunning new novelties from Bulgari in 2020. From the brand new “Ocoto Finissimo” to the iconic “Diva Dream Watch” and also the magnificent ladies timepiece the new “Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillion.”

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

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Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani - Watches Design Center Senior Director At Bulgari Horlogerie

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani – Watches Design Center Senior Director At Bulgari Horlogerie

Interview With Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani – Watches Design Center Senior Director At Bulgari Horlogerie

 Mr. Buonamassa Stigliani took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Buonamassa Stigliani talks to us about the incredible research and development and design that went into creating this year’s magnificent new ladies art piece, the brand new “Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon”.

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Ricardo Guadalupe - CEO of Hublot

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Ricardo Guadalupe – CEO of Hublot

Interview with Ricardo Guadalupe – CEO of Hublot

 Mr. Guadalupe took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Guadalupe gives us some insight’s into the Hublot’s brand new 2020 novelties such as the stunning “Big Bang Integral” with its original bracelet in black ceramic, King Gold and titanium.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

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Julien Tornare - CEO Zenith Watches This video is private Edit Review tools Send file Share

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Julien Tornare – CEO Zenith Watches

Interview with Julien Tornare – CEO Zenith Watches

 Mr. Tornare took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Tornare gives us some insight’s into the Zenith Watches brand new 2020 novelties such as the new “DEFY Classic Midnight” ladies timepiece, “Defy 21 Land Rover Edition” and the stunning “Defy 21 Carl Cox”.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

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Stephen Bianchi

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Stephane Bianchi, the CEO of the LVMH Watch Division and TAG Heuer.

Interview with Stephane Bianchi – CEO of the LVMH Watch Division and TAG Heuer.

 Mr. Bianchi took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr. Bianchi gave us an insight into how the “LVMH Watch Week” came to see the light of day, what we can expect to see in 2020, and  introduced us to the much anticipated Connected watch from TAG Heuer as well as their critical partnership with Porsche Formula E Racing Team.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

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Adrien Meyer

Christie‘s Global Head of Private Sales on How Christo Changed His Life, Finding the Missing Links in Collections, and an Astonishing Encounter With the Heir to Monet’s Descendants

My dream city would be Paris, but with a New York spirit. I speak as a born Parisian lucky enough to live in New York. Paris would benefit from some of New York’s human magic.

My job is to hunt for works of art. As head of private sales, I spend a great deal of time meeting collectors and trying to understand what they want. I flip through old exhibition catalogs to identify works that might still be in private hands. It isn’t so much about getting the work for sale as connecting with people and creating relationships.

Private sales are a kind of reverse dynamic. Whereas auctions are driven by sellers, private sales are led by buyers. Say, for instance, you are longing to buy a great Georges Seurat Conté drawing, it may take years until you find the right one at auction, whereas we can try to locate one privately, which may then become available.

Private sales often trigger transactions that otherwise would not have happened. We don’t only think about what clients already own, but also about the missing link in their collection.

Always show up. I once got a call from a friend who asked me to meet a client of his at a highway toll gate — on Christmas Eve! My friend said, ‘This person wants to remain anonymous, but just trust me.’

So I set off early in the morning and drove to the designated toll station. There, we met up with a gentleman who asked us to follow his car to a little town outside Paris.

We arrived at a modest apartment and were greeted by the man’s mother, who revealed an astonishing portfolio of works tucked away under the bed, in cupboards and down in the basement. Among them was a gorgeous Monet Nymphéa painting. But also, illustrated letters from Paul Signac, a lost Rodin watercolor, even a pair of Monet’s spectacles. She was the heir to Monet’s descendants — and nobody knew that Monet had descendants!

‘The most successful auctioneers manage to remain themselves in the rostrum. Easier said than done!’

I caught the auction bug when I was seven years old. Every weekend my father took me to the local salerooms of the Drouot auction house. I was fascinated by this other world — by the Proustian atmosphere, messy, full of charm and discoveries. I would watch the auctioneer up there selling books, wine, furniture, pictures. I relished the theatricality of it all.

My first recollection of a work of art was at the same age — and I walked on it. I will never forget the astonishing project of Christo, who had wrapped up the Pont Neuf in Paris. It was the first time I saw his work, and the first time I set eyes on that bridge. Christo’s radical and poetic approach in revealing something while hiding it astounded me.

Auctioneers live with the unexpected. Until proceedings begin, you have no clue how the room will respond, how a particular painting will fare. That’s exactly why I get a kick out of it. And when you think that the sale of a single lot — an event that is over and done with in a matter of seconds — might be the culmination of months and sometimes years of work, that is a rewarding part of the job. I guess the most successful auctioneers manage to remain themselves in the rostrum. Easier said than done!

Why do we have art at all? The interesting paradox is this: art is anything but a necessity, yet we all need it in our lives. We are all drawn to beauty, one way or another, and art is a way for humankind to create hope. It elevates us to a plane where we find meaning. As Duchamp said, it is the viewer who gives the meaning to the picture.

Hind Seddiqi

During the Dubai Watch Week 2019, the WATCHESPEDIA team had the amazing opportunity to interview Hind Seddiqi, Director General at Dubai Watch Week and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Seddiqi Holding.

Hind Abdul Hamied Seddiqi is Director General at Dubai Watch Week and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Seddiqi Holding. She is responsible for developing integrated marketing strategies for each business unit within the group, as well as internal and external executive communication tactics and plans. Hind also leads the customer relationship management (CRM) communications for all business units, including Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and Seddiqi Properties.

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Since joining the family business over a decade ago, Hind’s leadership skills saw her quickly rise through the family business and she played an instrumental role in restructuring the company’s marketing department.  Hind is heavily involved in day-to-day department activities, brand and corporate strategies, as well as communication planning and execution.

Hind’s philosophy is to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. It is this ethic that has helped her to develop a dynamic and harmonious team who share her vision of bringing a modern approach to the family business, whilst ensuring traditional values remain at its core. A third-generation member of the Seddiqi family, Hind is also an active member of the Seddiqi Holding Executive Committee where she contributes to the professional development and interests of department heads, as well as the progress of the various business units.

Hind Seddiqi was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:

  1. State of Affairs (Nov. 22, 2019)
  2. Control Freak (Nov. 24, 2019)
Patrick Pruniaux

The WATCHESPEDIA team had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin, during the Dubai Watch Week 2019.

Patrick Pruniaux is the new Chief Executive Officer of Ulysse Nardin. A watch enthusiast since his teens, Patrick began his career with Diageo in London – eventually moving to Africa and then Chicago. He joined LVMH in Miami in 2000 and rose to become Regional Sales Director for the Wines & Spirits business for Latin America.

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After gaining an MBA at HEC Paris and the London Business School, Patrick – also a graduate of Stanford Business School – decided to combine his passion for premium watches and sports by becoming international Export Director at Tag Heuer. He held different positions within Tag Heuer and he served as Vice-President Global Sales & Retail from 2010 to 2014, focusing on retail growth, channel optimization and consumer experience & innovation. Patrick was also a member of the LVMH Retail Committee and had a responsibility to coordinate sales strategy between LVMH Watch & Jewelry brands.

He joined Kering Group in September 2017 as Chief Executive Officer of Ulysse Nardin. In 2018, he became CEO for Girard-Perregaux as well, another brand of the Kering Group.

Patrick Pruniaux was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:

  1. Control Freak (Nov. 24, 2019)
Christina Hawatmeh

During the Dubai Watch Week 2019, the WATCHESPEDIA team had the amazing opportunity to interview Christina Hawatmeh, Founder and CEO of Scopio.

Christina Hawatmeh is the founder and CEO of Scopio, the world’s largest library of authentic photos to date with clients like HBO and Adobe. Upon receiving her Masters from Columbia University, Hawatmeh got her start by working in Venture Capital to learn how to navigate the waters having been inspired to launch her own business. She set to work raising capital despite entering the cutthroat, primarily male-dominated tech-industry, a ‘non-technical’ female entrepreneur.

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First impressions are fleeting because since then she has reaped numerous awards for her achievements, and sits on the board of the Digital Media Licensing Association. Hawatmeh manages partnerships and sales from Fortune 1000s all the way down to the freelance graphic designer. This proactive, meticulous managing style of hers is what has resulted in Scopio, which stands for Scope it Out, to become an image library of over 200,000 images from photo creators in over 150 countries, and continues to grow every day.

Visit Scopio online to find authentic, royalty-free, high-quality images : www.scop.io

Christina Hawatmeh was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:

  1. Les Femmes Sauvages (Nov. 24, 2019)
Mishal Kanoo

During the Dubai Watch Week 2019, the WATCHESPEDIA team had the amazing opportunity to interview Mishal Kangoo, Chairman of The Kanoo Group.

Mr. Mishal Kanoo is one of the most iconic business figures in the Middle East and has a reputation as a futurist and strategist with a strong track record in forecasting economic developments in the region. As Chairman of KAAF Investments, Mishal Kanoo tries to help people reach their professional dreams. The excitement of helping others achieve their goals, whether big or small, is what drives him. Playing a role in bettering people’s lives is a great instigator for doing what he does. Kanoo has been investing on a personal and company level since 1991.

Mr. Kanoo currently serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest, longest-running and independent family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. Furthermore, he is a professional and motivational speaker, who writes articles for local and regional media. He is published in business journals on a regular basis and holds chief positions as Chairman/Director of various reputable companies, including AXA Insurance Gulf, Gulf Capital, KHK & Partners Limited, Dalma Capital, and Johnson Arabia LLC.

Over the years, the Kanoo family has always been associated with the progress and development of the entire region combined with a sense of philanthropy.

Mishal Kanoo was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:

  1. Six ways from certified and the wisdom to know your place (Nov. 24, 2019)
Edouard Meylan

The WATCHESPEDIA team had the pleasure of interviewing Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie. during the Dubai Watch Week 2019.

Born in 1976, Edouard Meylan was involved in the watchmaking world from a young age through his family, in this field for generations. With a Masters in Engineering from the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and an MBA from Wharton, Philadelphia, USA, Edouard has a 360° perspective of the watchmaking business. His experience includes regional leadership roles for high-end independent watch brands in Asia and Europe, management consulting across various industries and founding a luxury brand, prior to joining H. Moser & Cie.

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In 2013, Edouard became CEO at H. Moser & Cie. He has brought a refreshing dynamism to the company, which is now clearly positioned as an innovative, key player on the new watchmaking scene. Under the leadership of Edouard and his team, H. Moser creations have benefited from a modern approach and an air of bold distinction, while still staying true to the brand DNA of the Manufacture.

Edouard Meylan was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:

  1. What H. Moser did (Nov. 24, 2019)
Aline Sylla-Walbaum

During the Dubai Watch Week 2019, the WATCHESPEDIA team had the amazing opportunity to interview Aline Sylla-Walbaum, Global Managing Director of Luxury at Christie’s.

Aline Sylla-Walbaum is Global Managing Director of Luxury at Christie’s, overseeing the international Wine, Jewellery, Watch and Handbag teams. Auction and private sales in these categories are held in New York, London, Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong, Dubai and online.

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Previously she had worked as Managing Director of Christie’s France from 2012 and 2014, and as Director of External Affairs and Strategy at Unibail-Rodamco SE, where she sat on the Management Board. She served as cultural and communications advisor to the office of the French Prime Minister from 2007 to 2008 and from 2002-2007 was Director of Cultural Development at the Louvre Museum. Away from work Aline is a Director of Lagardère Group.

Aline Sylla-Walbaum was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:

  1. Luxury Time Travel (Nov. 21, 2019)
  2. Six ways from certified and the wisdom to know your place (Nov. 21, 2019)