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.


Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

Indian residents look at houses destroyed by flood waters at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

  • Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season
  • More than a million foreign tourists visited Kerala last year

NEW DELHI: A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported Monday.
Mohanan P. and his family were sleeping at home in the mountainous Idukki district when their pet dog started barking raucously at around 3:00 am, waking the household.
“That’s when we realized something was wrong. I went out to see and we had to just rush out of the house,” Mohanan told Indian news network NDTV.
No sooner had the family rushed out when the landslide plowed down a nearby hill and demolished their home.
The family, dog in tow, have since moved to a government-run relief camp nearby.
Flash floods triggered by the annual monsoon rains have pounded the southern tourist hotspot in the past few days, killing 39 people and leaving 100,000 more homeless so far.