F.P. Journe celebrated the opening of its first ever GCC boutique in Dubai today (30 October) at the prestigious Dubai Mall. Guests were welcomed through the doors by esteemed founder, François-Paul Journe. Accompanying him for the official ribbon cutting was Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the exclusive partner of the F.P.Journe Boutique in the region.
This is the brand’s 10th boutique, following openings in Geneva, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beirut and Kiev. Designed according to the global concept, the beautiful boutique showcases an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. It includes a salon and library where collectors are invited to explore and discuss their shared passion for horology, while admiring the brand’s complete collection of precision chronometers. Black and white photos adorn the walls featuring the master and his watchmakers at the workbench. Guests will also discover the Limited Series and special editions, exclusively reserved for the F.P.Journe Boutiques.
Through constant research for efficiency and precision, the renowned Franco-Swiss watchmaker François-Paul Journe has been creating ground breaking mechanical timepieces since 1977. His unique watchmaking vision has already captured the praise of both the public and professionals alike for his innovative 18K rose Gold movements, all bearing the brand’s motto: “Invenit et Fecit”. This certifies that each handmade precision chronometer is produced one-by-one with meticulousness, entirely invented and made in-house in the central Geneva Manufacture, Switzerland.
Established 20 years ago, the relationship between Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and F.P.Journe is based on a longstanding commitment and passion for fine watchmaking. As family businesses with family members involved in day-to-day operations, both brands work towards preserving the history of horology through deep appreciation and business practices. With François-Paul Journe holding over 40 years of experience in watchmaking and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons being the definitive curators of time since 1950, the partners share the same company values and vision for horology in the region and beyond.
Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, said: “We are proud to mark a milestone in our relationship with F.P.Journe with the opening of the first boutique in Dubai and a first for the GCC region. The relationship between Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and F.P.Journe reflects our shared values and deep appreciation for horology.
As a distinguished manufacture focusing on historical haute horology methods and extensive craftsmanship, we are certain that the boutique will be received well by our customers.”
Representing the perfect combination between Art and Haute Horology, the F.P.Journe high horology timekeepers are unique in terms of aesthetics and technical accomplishments. François-Paul Journe’s innate sense of innovation has garnered him countless worldwide watch awards.
Visit the exceptional boutique to rediscover the exclusive world of limited production, creative freedom and the F.P.Journe passion and savoir-faire.
In partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the Maison Chopard is proud to announce its participation at the 4th edition of the Dubai Watch Week that will take place at the Dubai International Financial Center, from November 20th to 24th, 2019. For the first time, Chopard will be present in a private exhibition area dedicated to its latest watch collection launched on October 1st; the Alpine Eagle. The 485 square meters, meticulously designed stand-alone area, will take the guests in an immersive journeyto discover the unique Alpine Eagle environment.
Alpine Eagle, the rebirth of a watch icon
Contemporary, refined and assertive, the new Alpine Eagle sports chic timepiece collection is a state-of-the-art reinterpretation of the St. Moritz, the first watch created in 1980 by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, now co-president of Chopard. Imagined and personally designed by him, Alpine Eagle is driven by his passion for the Alps and by the lofty power of the eagle that reigns supreme there. Crafted from an exclusive, ultra-resistant and light-reflecting metal named Lucent Steel A223, it beats to the rhythm of a Chopard chronometer-certified movement.
Bearing testament to Chopard’s ethical approach, Alpine Eagle gives the Maison an opportunity to reveal its new commitment to protecting the Alpine environment through the launch of the Eagle Wings Foundation – of which Karl-Friedrich Scheufele is a founding member. Alpine Eagle is dedicated to contemporary eagles, the aspiring men who outperform in their daily lives and whose vision inspires and elevates. With foresight and determination, they act on the challenges of tomorrow and are innately aware of the importance of environmental issues.
The 4th edition of Dubai Watch Week
Dubai Watch Week is a global platform dedicated to the preservation of watchmaking culture and heritage by creating one of the largest non-commercial events for the international watch community. Founded in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the event provides an intimate environment for collectors, brands, watchmakers and members of the media to interact and share knowledge.
Building on a long-standing partnership with Rolex, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is pleased to announce the brand’s participation at Dubai Watch Week, set to take place from 20 to 24 November 2019.
This is the first time that Rolex will participate at a watchmaking event in the Middle East, with a dedicated exhibition exploring the universe of the Oyster Perpetual Submariner.
Through panels and interactive displays, the Submariner exhibition tells the story of how the celebrated divers’ watch developed over the years. Guests will also discover how, over time, the Submariner became an emblematic watch on land as well as at sea. “We are extremely honoured to have Rolex presented for the first time at Dubai Watch Week. This is something really special for Dubai following the opening of the largest Rolex Boutique in the world in 2018” said Abdul Hamied Ahmed Seddiqi, Vice Chairman of Seddiqi Holding.
In celebration of this momentous occasion, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is also organizing an exhibition that will feature some inimitable vintage Rolex timepieces. As a curator of time and advocate of horology, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons continues its commitment towards the watch industry by investing in initiatives that support the development and education of the watch sector in the region.