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.
Full interview with Hind Seddiqi:
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:
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:
- Control Freak (Nov. 24, 2019)
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:
- Les Femmes Sauvages (Nov. 24, 2019)
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:
- Six ways from certified and the wisdom to know your place (Nov. 24, 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:
- What H. Moser did (Nov. 24, 2019)
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.
Full interview with Aline Sylla-Walbaum:
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:
- Luxury Time Travel (Nov. 21, 2019)
- Six ways from certified and the wisdom to know your place (Nov. 21, 2019)
The Watchespedia team had the pleasure of interviewing the charismatic Aldis Hodge, award-winning actor, horologist and watch designer, during the Dubai Watch Week 2019.
Aldis Hodge is an award-winning actor who is best known for his roles in films and television series such as “Underground”, “Leverage”, “Straight Outa Compton”, and “Hidden Figures”. This year, Hodge starred as the main character in the film “Brian Banks” in addition to the Paramount Pictures film “What Men Want”. Currently he can be seen starring opposite Kevin Bacon in the critically acclaimed Showtime series “City on a Hill” as well as his upcoming Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Grand Jury prize winning film “Clemency”, coming out this December.
Full Interview with Aldis Hodge:
Danny Govberg is a pioneering force of the contemporary watch industry. His vision and an insatiable passion for watches and technology enabled the evolution of Govberg from a Philadelphia-based retail shop to one of the world’s premier authorized dealers of both new and pre-owned timepieces. Danny recognized years ago that selling new watches was only one way of supporting the life of a watch collector, and set in motion a tech-forward pre-owned strategy that inspired the evolution of WatchBox.
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Danny’s approach to luxury retail, coupled with a drive to confront challenge and an appetite for all things watch-related has led to several related ventures and business interests throughout the last 35 years, Danny’s interests and investment in technology are not limited to the watch category; he co-founded BSD Code and Design Academy’s North American division, offering affordable, accessible and applicable technology education for children and adults.
Danny Govberg was a speaker at Dubai Watch Week’s Horology Forum:
- Six ways from certified and the wisdom to know your place (Nov. 21, 2019)
- Hot Potato (Nov. 24, 2019)
A week of sharing a passion, of wonderful encounters, of forging bonds – the afterglow of Dubai Watch Week lingers on with a multitude of fond memories for Antoine and Florian Preziuso who held visitors spellbound with their Masterclasses twice a day throughout the event.
The principle was quite straightforward: to welcome the general public as well as keen fans of fine watches and take them on a journey into the fascinating world of mechanical watchmaking – by giving them the opportunity to become watchmakers for an hour. Coached on how to correctly hold a pair of tweezers, place the eyeglass loupe, open a watch, remove the hands and dial, and then replace them and close the watch, watch lovers experienced moments of pure happiness and discovery with the simple gestures that may seem trivial to professionals.
The success exceeded all expectations. Visitors, amateurs and collectors alike enrolled in the Masterclasses at a dazzling speed. Keenly appreciated by all types of participants, these exercises required patience, dexterity and precision, allowing them to better understand and appreciate the fine art of mechanical watchmaking and the profession of watchmaking. And what better way to embark on this journey of discovery than with as guides two renowned and passionate master watchmakers, Antoine and Florian Preziuso who gave these memorable Masterclasses there all. Thank you to Dubai Watch Week, thank you to Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, and thank you to the Seddiqi family for initiating and inspiring these beautiful moments of sharing.
From left to right:
- Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, CCO of Seddiqi Holding
- Hind Seddiqi, Director General at Dubai Watch Week
- H.E. Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain
- Remy Julia, Director – Head of Watches, Middle East, India, Africa, Russia, Christie’s
- Suhaila Ghubash, Director of Festivals and Events at DFRE, DTCM
- Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, DIFC
H.E. Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain, visited the Dubai Watch Week 2019 on the opening day, welcomed by Hind Seddiqi, Director General at Dubai Watch Week, and Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, CCO of Seddiqi Holding.
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Link to the Swiss Pavilion at the EXPO2020 Dubai:
From left to right:
- Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of Rolex
- Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority
- Hind Seddiqi, Director General at Dubai Watch Week and CMCO of Seddiqi Holding
- Abdul Hamied Seddiqi – Vice-Chairman at Seddiqi Holding
Dubai Watch Week was honoured by the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, who visited the show during the opening day of the event.
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The leading pre-owned luxury watch platform will participate in the 4th edition of Dubai Watch Week with a dedicated WatchBox Lounge, pop-up WatchBox Studio, and series of horological activations.
Upon the occasion of Dubai Watch Week 2019, WatchBox, the world’s leading platform for pre-owned watches, will descend upon the Middle East with a dedicated environment to showcase and celebrate luxury pre-owned timepieces, and to engage with the global watch community in the spirit of “Innovation & Technology,” the theme of this year’s edition.
Guests of Dubai Watch Week will be welcomed into a custom-designed WatchBox Lounge, positioned adjacent to the main brand exhibition hall, where they will explore a curated selection of pre-owned timepieces from WatchBox’s extensive global inventory.
The company’s expert watch advisors will be on site to discuss the flourishing secondary watch market, offer an up-close, hands-on look at WatchBox’s product quality standards, and introduce a new experience in horological discovery – uniting interactive technology and multimedia with the ‘traditional’ boutique environment.
Throughout Dubai Watch Week, visitors will also have the opportunity to receive complimentary evaluations for their personal watches, and initiate conversations about the buying, selling, and trading of pre-owned timepieces.
Additionally, WatchBox will present a pop-up WatchBox Studio, where the cameras will be rolling all week long. The company’s media specialist, Tim Mosso, will be joined by the heads of WatchBox’s video production division to create original content, conduct interviews with industry luminaries and guests of Dubai Watch Week, and initiate a dynamic conversation about all things pertaining to the global watch community.
Signature programs of Dubai Watch Week include the Horology Forum, consisting of panels and keynote speakers, and Creative Hub sessions, during which insight, opinion, and horological expertise will be shared. Danny Govberg, CEO and Co-founder of WatchBox, is among the 2019 Horology Forum speakers, and will be discussing the changing climate of the luxury watch market as part of a forum titled “Six ways from certified and the wisdom to know your place.”
He will also co-host a private Creative Hub session with Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi; and together, they will explore the evolving interests and needs of the modern watch consumer. Lastly, Tim Mosso will lead a lively interactive Creative Hub for watch enthusiasts, which will be open to the public, covering the impact of innovations in engineering, style, and online watch culture on the watch collecting landscape.