Wristwatch belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk to go on auction in Dubai

The watch was personalized with unique engraving on the casing of the Royal Crown of Egypt, a half moon and a star resembling Egypt’s flag at the time, and bears his initial “F”. (Courtesy: Scoop Empire)
Updated 14 February 2018
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Wristwatch belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk to go on auction in Dubai

CAIRO: A wristwatch belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk will be leading an upcoming Dubai-held auction, with preliminary valuations putting the price between $400,000 and $800,000.
It is said that King Farouk’s love for watches was inherited from his father, King Fuad, who owned many pieces from the world’s greatest watchmakers.
The wristwatch by Patek Philippe Reference 1518 will be auctioned at Christie’s Watches and Wristwatches Dubai auction in March.
The model was first released in 1941 and only 281 pieces were made. It was personalized with unique engraving on the casing of the Royal Crown of Egypt, a half moon and a star resembling Egypt’s flag at the time, and bears his initial “F”.
This watch is not the only example of Patek Philippe’s craftmanshsip in King Farouk’s collection, Egyptian news websites said.
Another timepiece was found which featured a cloisonné enamel of a map of Egypt and Sudan, once ruled by Farouk.
It included two diamonds placed at a distance to accurately reflect the geographical distance between the capitals Cairo and Khartoum.


’Pig’ British tourists to be deported from New Zealand

Updated 16 January 2019
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’Pig’ British tourists to be deported from New Zealand

  • The family have been involved in a string of incidents in the country, including accusations of littering, assault, not paying for restaurant meals and intimidating behavior
  • "They're worse than pigs and I'd like to see them out of the country," Auckland mayor said

WELLINGTON: Members of a British family have been branded “worse than pigs” and face deportation from New Zealand after a spree of bad behavior that left normally easygoing Kiwis outraged.
The family have been involved in a string of incidents in and around Auckland and Hamilton, including accusations of littering, assault, not paying for restaurant meals and intimidating behavior.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff led national outcry at the tourists’ antics, demanding the police take action. “These guys are trash. They are leeches,” he told a local radio station.
“If you say one time ‘I found a hair or an ant in my meal’ you’d believe it but they find it every meal that they have as a way of evading payment. That’s a criminal activity.
“They’re worse than pigs and I’d like to see them out of the country.”
New Zealand’s assistant general manager of immigration, Peter Devoy, said the family had been issued with a deportation notice on the grounds of “matters relating to character.”
One 26-year-old member of the family on Wednesday pleaded guilty to stealing NZ$55 ($37) worth of goods from a petrol station.
The family attracted extensive media coverage in New Zealand after a video showed them leaving beer boxes, bottles and other rubbish strewn on a popular beach.
When a woman asked them to clean up their litter, a child in the group can be seen on video threatening he would “knock your brains out.”
Stuff Media reported that one family member hit a journalist with her shoe after being approached for comment.
A member of the family told the New Zealand Herald they have now decided to cut short their holiday and will return home this week.
John Johnson insisted his family were of good stock, claimed his grandfather was the “10th richest man in England” and said he was made to feel “very unwelcome” in New Zealand.