Leading voices in the global watch industry may be feeling a little hoarse today, after two intensive days of horology discussions, panels, interviews and even a roasting session, as the first international Horology Forum concluded September 12.
A joint project between Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s, the Horology Forum hosted at Christie’s historical headquarters saw the Dubai-based event venture abroad for the first time, drawing a prestigious guest list of collectors, watch specialists, authors and industry leaders to discuss the hottest topics in horology.
From left to right: Christie’s Head of Watches John Reardon, Dubai Watch Week Director Melika Yazdjerdi; Vice President of Seddiqi Holding Abdul Hamied Seddiqi; Chief Commercial Officer at Seddiqi Holding Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi and Christie’s Middle East Watch Specialist Remy Julia.
Topics covered included how the digital age and influencers are changing the story of telling time, to the resurgence of British watchmaking and its historical contribution to the industry. The legacy of watchmaking genius Gerald Genta included insights from those who he mentored, such as Roger Smith OBE, who today flies the flag for independent British watchmakers. The audience were even given the opportunity to ask panelists more personal questions – although thanks to their skills of diplomacy, it may never been known which brands they secretly despise. Mixing light-hearted topics with more incisive discussions about the industry, guests were also able to mingle freely with each other throughout the two days.
Audience members attended the Horology Forum at Christie’s London.
“The first international Horology Forum connected the international watch community, creating alternative platforms for education and networking,” said Melika Yazdjerdi, Director of Dubai Watch Week and Senior Marketing & Communication Director, Seddiqi Holding.
Leading voices from the world of watchmaking shared their stories at the Horology Forum. From left: Dr Andrew Hildreth; Dr Rebecca Struthers, Richard Stenning; Stephen Forsey, Roger Smith OBE, Peter Speake-Marin.
John Reardon, Senior Vice President of International Head of watches at Christie’s added: “The exchange of ideas and academics of leading voices in the watch world is pivotal to the future of our field and the Horology Forum has proven time after time to be the leading platform globally in a non-biased open dialogue on all things horological. Christie’s was honoured to open its doors and host this exciting educational event.”