I had planned to write a really lengthy worded piece about our recent event in Dubai, but instead I decided that any extra wording is merely going to detract from the amazing collection of watches you will see before you. This is the 2nd such event we have had in conjunction with UAE retailer Seddiqi and Sons (www.seddiqi.com), and I estimate that it was the largest in terms of collection value by some way – in the $8m – $10m range!
A big thanks to Jean and his team at PingDubai.com who attended the event and took these images on our behalf. It goes without saying that their website is a must visit for all of the daily happenings in Dubai!
Onto the modem burning…let’s start with the vintage
A solid platinum Rolex Oysterquartz Day Date with factory diamond dial and bezel
Stunning 18k yellow gold vintage Audemars Piguet signed “Sheikh Khalifa” and adorned with the Abu Dhabi flag
Not just any old GMT…18k yellow gold, nipple dial with the UAE Military crest affixed to a presidential bracelet. This is the exact configuration it left the Rolex factory in decades ago!
Yellow gold ‘bark’ bezel and bracelet Omani ‘Khanjar’ crested dial
Grail status yellow gold 5100 Sultan Qaboos dial
Even rarer..?! How about a platinum oxblood stella diamond dial Rolex Osyterquartz with a diamond bezel…with it’s original hangtags still attached!!
IWC x Prada GST Chronograph, still plastic wrapped!
3 very special TAG Heuer pieces. Left to right; Mercedes SLR limited edition piece number 0001, a non retail SLR chronograph regulator with vertical chrono pushers (based on a Zenith El Primero movement), and a prototype all black Microtimer which was never released case number xxxx
Patek Philippe 5100P in platinum complete with the ‘old’ double seal tag and Geneva Seal tag
Something for the history books. 2 Patek Philippe pieces made for 2 of the most infamous dictators we have seen. On top, the Iraqi crest signed Sadam Hussein. Underneath, the blue stone dial signed Muammar Gaddafi, complete with a quote which roughly translates to, “Only in times of need will you find freedom”. Amazing
Vintage yellow gold Audemars Piguet signed ‘Sheikh Maktoum’
Three beauties belonging to Ahmed!
Truth be told, I will be hard pressed to see a more perfect trio of vintage Daytonas! Full gold, UAE crest (still with tags and signed in Arabic) and another NOS 6263. I didn’t wash my hands for a week after!
And then the modern jaw droppers…!!
Richard Mille RM010
Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna Tourbillon monopusher chronograph
DS’s now discontinued Patek 5970 Perpetual calendar chronograph
Bespoke AP Perpetual Calendar skeleton’s belonging to DS and MAMS. Look at the following pictures showing their custom rotors made from their own initials!
Stunning pair of black dial Patek 5130P’s in platinum, both with the ‘Dubai’ timezone – this was a non-numbered limited edition of 50 pieces made for Seddiqi & Sons. Yes that is an original aqua green Patek Philipe strap and yes I love it!
Arguably the best and most iconic AP limited edition ever, the End of Days!
The ‘Baby Nadal’ Richard Mille RM035
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon GMT
Amer’s Patek 5980 1/A
MBandF HM3 MegaWind
Jules Audemars Jump Hour Tourbillon Minute Repeater…
Bovet big date tourbillon
Crazy GeoGraham tourbillon
Titanium and rose gold AP Tradition tourbillon minute repeater chronograph
De Bethune DB28
Piece unique Hublot Million Dollar Bang Tourbillon – notice no power reserve indicator
One of ten piece limited edition Patek Philippe 5961p belonging to Abdulla!
Abdulla’s Richard Mille RM011
And how about two opposites of the horology design spectrum…the RM011 vs the Patek Philippe 5550 Advanced Research! Both belong to one collector, showing complete opposites can attract the same collector!
A box full of grails!!
And the other boxes..!!
All these Hublot pieces were designed by and made as limited editions for Seddiqi and Sons
As was this…in my opinion the best Key of Time version made to date!
To end an unforgettable evening, one of the most expensive group shots ever?!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures, and as always your comments are welcome below!