Salon des Grandes Complications was officially inaugurated by Prince Faisal bin Nawaf at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel last week. Taking place for the first time in Jeddah from April 9-12, the four-day fine watchmaking exhibition offered a unique and exclusive social platform for horology enthusiasts in Jeddah to gather.
Revered mechanical masterpieces were displayed, encompassing the newest innovations, historial savoir-faire and inimitable craftsmanship. Visitors were invited to delve into the world of haute horology and get up close and personal with timepieces that are among the best in the world, interacting with watchmakers and designers themselves.
The event included celebrated traditional maisons and niche independent companies such as Armand Nicolet, Armin Strom, Blancpain, Breguet, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Hysek, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Quinting and Vacheron Constantin, and with the support of retailers Alfardan Jewellery, Abdullah Said Binzagr Jewellery and Watches, Al-Hussaini and Platinum Sands.
On wrapping up in Jeddah, the Salon des Grandes Complications will move to Riyadh’s Al-Faisaliah Hotel from April 16-19.
Participating brands have crafted some of the most complicated and highly valued timepieces ever and have between them an array of international accolades.
Salon des Grandes Complications was first launched in the UAE in 2014 and after much success, has taken place every year since — in 2017 also branching out to Saudi Arabia.
In January, Saudi Arabia was named the 12th largest export market for Swiss watches by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, clearly showing its significance within the industry not only in the Middle East, but on a global level. In 2017, the Kingdom was the second biggest market in the region for Swiss watch exports, with a total value of CHF325.1 million ($349.4 million).
Salon des Grandes Complications is held with the support of the Swiss Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Visa International.