Raymond Weil teams up with Repetto for Shine watches

Updated 06 September 2017

Raymond Weil teams up with Repetto for Shine watches

Raymond Weil, in partnership with the French firm, Repetto, has launched a variation on the Shine range of watches inspired by the world of ballet. “A symbol of freedom, elegance and movement, the Shine Etoile watch appears attired in the spirit of tulle and asserts its character as a true performer through the versatility of two interchangeable straps crafted in Repetto leather,” a press release said.
The company described the timepiece as “a jewelry watch that reinvents itself as the hours go by, representing a perfect ally for women and naturally adapting to their style and their desires.”
The watch is framed by a 32mm round steel case and the dial is backed with a subtle white tulle motif on galvanized silver-toned satin.
The Shine Etoile watch changes straps and style thanks to a patented system of removable lugs developed by the R&D team of Raymond Weil.
The watch comes with two interchangeable straps crafted in Repetto leather, which are available in blush pink — reminiscent of ballet shoes, and crystal carbon black to express “elegance and glamor.”
“In step with its blued hands, the Shine Etoile watch accompanies the 24 hours in a woman’s life. This versatile and multifaceted timepiece is the icon of the world’s gifted ballerinas, étoile dancers and other stellar feminine figures,” the press release added.
Jean-Marc Gaucher, CEO of Repetto, said: “Expertise is a living heritage that we cultivate and that we translate into the future. It is this mindset that sparked the cooperation with Raymond Weil — two independent family-minded companies that both nurture excellence and precision,”
Elie Bernheim, CEO of Raymond Weil, said: “For 40 years, Raymond Weil has been showcasing the wealth of Swiss watchmaking expertise. For 70 years, Repetto has been perpetuating this style, this French-style elegance and know-how that consolidates the stature of the country that saw the birth of classical ballet. Repetto and Raymond Weil epitomize beautiful family stories united by a quest for excellence and precision. Together, we accompany the women of the world as they give the performance of their lives.”


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.