Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover limited editions and the newest launches.
Updated 19 March 2019

Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Investcorp closes $375m for second Italian NPL fund

Updated 01 June 2020

Investcorp closes $375m for second Italian NPL fund

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has announced the fully subscribed final closing of approximately 340 million euros ($375 million) in commitments for its second vintage Italian Distressed Loan Fund II (Italian NPL Fund II), which is exclusively advised by Eidos Partners, a Milan-based advisory firm and credit specialist. To date, more than 460 million euros in assets have been allocated toward Investcorp and Eidos Partners’ Italian nonperforming loans (NPLs) strategy.

Italian NPL Fund II invests in non‐performing loans secured by residential and commercial real estate in Italy. The fund represents Investcorp’s ninth Special Opportunity Portfolio (SOP). In 2011, Investcorp launched its first SOP with the aim of taking advantage of opportunities arising from market dislocations and structural shifts.

Timothy Mattar, global head of distribution at Investcorp, said: “Several years ago we identified that many banks across Italy would need to reduce their credit exposure and strengthen their balance sheets, creating opportunities for investors with strong underwriting expertise. We know the Italian NPL market well and we have further strengthened our capabilities through partnerships with dedicated local expertise in the Italian credit market.”

Elena Ranguelova, portfolio strategist, said: “There are compelling opportunities to acquire attractive loans at significant discounts in the Italian NPL market. We believe that our latest NPL fund will help fulfill an important market need and we are committed to leveraging our expertise and resources to create value and help Italian consumers and businesses during this time. We appreciate the support from our existing limited partners and new investors, and we look forward to continuing to build upon our partnership with Eidos.”