Christie’s watch auction to feature luxury timepieces with Mideast links

Christie’s upcoming online watch sale “The Dubai Edit” is set to run from Oct. 15-29. Supplied
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Updated 16 October 2020

Christie’s watch auction to feature luxury timepieces with Mideast links

DUBAI: Set to open to bidders on Oct. 15, Christie’s upcoming online watch sale “The Dubai Edit” features a host of luxury timepieces with historical links to the Middle East.

Some of the timepieces up for auction were made specifically for collectors from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan.

Remy Julia, Head of Watches at Christie’s Middle East, commented: “The regional and global demand for rare and limited-edition watches remains robust, and we have sought a range of pieces that have specific relevance to Middle East collectors for this online sale. The MENA region is one of our fastest-growing markets globally, and we anticipate a strong outcome from emerging as well as established collectors.”




A Pink and Gold Rubies Patek Philippe made in homage of King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Supplied

 Set to run from Oct. 15-29, the watch sale includes a rare Rolex Gold Day-Date, reference 18038, with a blue dial embellished with a red khanjar, made for a collector in the Sultanate of Oman.

Reference 116610LV is the Rolex Steel Submariner, also made for a collector in the Sultanate of Oman, with stainless steel and a royal khanjar engraving. Meanwhile, reference 1803 is a Rolex White Gold and Diamonds Day-Date also made for a collector in the Sultanate of Oman. Made with 18k white gold, it is distinguished by its elegant burgundy lacquered dial with an oxblood and green khanjar, diamond indexes, and Arabic scripture calendar indications.




Rolex Steel Submariner made for a collector in the Sultanate of Oman. Supplied

A Rolex Oysterdate crafted in stunning stainless steel with a champagne dial features the UAE crest and signature of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. Another highly collectible Rolex is the Oyster Perpetual, reference 1002, one of the only three models known enhanced by the gilt signature of Sheikh Abdullah Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, a member of Kuwait’s ruling family and the country’s first Minister for Education after independence in 1961.

Reference BB 166.010 is an Omega Pink Gold and Diamonds Seamaster, made as part of a small series commissioned with the portrait of Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain. Specially curated for the Royal Jordanian Air Force as part of a small order of personalized wristwatches for pilots and high officials, the Omega Speedmaster — reference ST 375.0032 — is a well-preserved example of a military chronograph.




Omega Pink Gold and Diamonds Seamaster commissioned with the portrait of Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain. Supplied

As demand surges for vintage Patek Philippe pieces, reference 2481 is a Pink and Gold Rubies Patek Philippe made in homage of King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. With white ruby-set hour markers and an enamel painting, the watch was ordered as a series of 150 watches in commemoration of his accession in the throne in 1953.

“The provenance of these watches enables the collecting community to own a piece of history from the Middle East, and this curated section of the upcoming sale underscores the demand for timepieces that reflect the tastes and value that collectors in the MENA region places on vintage watches,” added Julia.


Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 

BTS 

Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 

Blackpink

It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 

Twice

Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 

ATEEZ

ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.