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Bespoke - - DUBAI WATCH WEEK -

It’s been a long and pros­per­ous road for the por­ta­ble watch since it first emerged in the 1400s. From spring move­ments to grandes com­pli­ca­tions to quartz and on to smart­watches, time-keep­ing has al­ways evolved and as a re­sult there have a lot of in­cred­i­ble pieces that have earned a place in the an­nals of horol­ogy. But even so, only a few can claim to be iconic. Christie’s Head of Watches, John Rear­don, named the Patek Philippe Perpetual Chrono­graph 1518 from 1942 as the sin­gle most iconic watch ever made, as it lit­er­ally redefined de­sign, he ex­plained. Other no­table men­tions by the panel in­cluded Omega’s 1957 Speed­mas­ter, due to fact it was worn on the Moon, Aude­mars Piguet’s 1972 Royal Oak, be­cause it el­e­vated stain­less steel, and of course, Rolex’s 1963 Day­tona with its in­verse coloured sub-di­als that was, and still is, the most regal stop­watch ever made. “An iconic watch should break some rules, be recog­nis­able, stay rel­e­vant, in­spire oth­ers and be ground­break­ing,” ex­plained Pas­cal Raves­soud, the Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor at Fon­da­tion de la Haute Hor­logerie. The panel ended the dis­cus­sion by point­ing out a few mod­ern-day watches that ful­fill these cri­te­ria, and no­table men­tions went to F.p.journe and H.moser & Cie.

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