An auction may not necessarily come across as the most stimulating affair, but for the horologically obsessed, it is a nail biter—and we anticipate that The Vision timepieces auction to be held during the ongoing Dubai Watch Week will have collectors at the edge of their seats. The auction will be hosted by none other than Christie’s and organized by the region’s own Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, who will donate the proceeds raised from the sales to Dubai Cares, the UAE-global philanthropic organization that aims to provide children in developing countries with access to quality education.
Christie’s will auction two key designs during Dubai Watch Week—the Hublot Dubai limited edition timepieces, The Vision I and Vision II. Designed by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and engineered in the workshops of Hublot in Switzerland in 2008, The Vision I is Hublot’s first-ever Titanium watch, featuring numerals in a striking rose gold and with gold screws. “The Vision” was developed and named as a tribute to the foresight and acumen of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Limited to only 100 pieces, the initial biding price for The Vision I will be AED/SAR 75,300.
The success of the first Hublot Dubai limited edition watches paved the way for a second masterpiece, The Vision II; a titanium watch with remarkable rose gold Arabic numerals and a gray rubber strap. Engineered in the workshops of Hublot, the timepiece’s audacious design gained notoriety before it had even been manufactured. Just like its predecessor, only 100 pieces of The Vision II were produced, and biding will start at AED/SAR 39,900.
According to John Reardon, the international head of Christie’s global watch department, Dubai Watch Week is making the emirate the center of the watch world. While Christie’s prepares to auction the collection, Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi reminds auctioneers and spectators that there is a good cause behind Dubai Watch Week, “We are extremely honored to be supporting the efforts and dedication of Dubai Cares, an organization that has so far made a difference in the lives of more than 14 million beneficiaries in 41 developing countries,” he said.
The event aims to offer visitors a unique opportunity to be a part of the only regionally dedicated educational and cultural horology program while engaging with some of world’s most recognized watch personalities, collectors, bloggers, and brands.
The Christie’s Important Watches auction will take place on October 21st. The Dubai Watch Week will run until October 22nd. Click here for the schedule.