Consumers are more and more interested in understatement and as a result the most fashionable diameter has shrunk from 43mm to 40mm, while the trend for ever thinner watches seems to have created some serious competition. See more on p.93. Held over five days from November 16th last year, the third annual edition of the Dubai Watch Week was by far the biggest and best yet. With a new-and-improved itinerary, a fresh positioning under The Gate at the DIFC (rather than at the art galleries district) and an even more impressive roster of international speakers and watch industry insiders offering their expertise through horological debates, exhibitions, creative hubs, premières and master classes there really was something to interest all age groups and technical proficiencies. And though it has gotten a little more commercial than when it began, what really sets the DWW apart from any other global watch event is the insider story swapping. In a way, attending the talks here is like the ultimate all-access pass to a G8 summit, only instead of state leaders you get titans of the watch world. Sadly, we’ve been informed by the organisers – Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons – that the DWW is set to become a biannual event and with Expo 2020 coming they may just delay the fourth instalment until 2020. Let’s hope they have change of heart.