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.


Emma Roberts shows off Lebanese label as she reveals why she blocked her mother on Instagram

Updated 21 October 2020

Emma Roberts shows off Lebanese label as she reveals why she blocked her mother on Instagram

DUBAI: US actress Emma Roberts made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week, where she opened up about her new film, pregnancy and how she wound up in an Instagram feud with her mother.

For the occasion, Roberts, who is expecting her first child with her partner Garrett Hedlund, donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen.

The Beirut-based designer launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

Wazen’s impressive list of celebrity clientele includes Hailey Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner.

Roberts video chatted in from Los Angeles, where she revealed that she temporarily blocked her mother, Kelly Cunningham, on social media after she unwittingly “spilled the beans” about her daughter’s pregnancy. 

“I was keeping my pregnancy pretty low key but unfortunately my mother has Instagram. Which, mothers and Instagram, it’s a bad combination," Roberts said on the show.

She added, “She definitely spilled the beans.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 29-year-old explained that her mother doesn’t own a computer and had a flip phone until about three years ago when she bought her an iPhone, calling it “the worst thing I ever did.”

Once she got an iPhone, Cunningham made an Instagram account where she unintentionally spilled the beans on her daughter’s pregnancy by thanking fans who were congratulating her on becoming a grandmother.

“It was a disaster and I found it all out on a plane so I couldn’t get to her, I couldn’t call her or attack her,” Roberts said. “I could just iMessage with her and DM her and ask her to please stop.”

When the “American Horror Story” actress was finally able to get a hold of her mother, Cunningham told her that she had responded to fans because she thought Roberts had already confirmed her pregnancy, but it was actually just a tabloid story. Roberts added that they “kind of laughed” and “kind of got into a fight” over the incident, which led her to temporarily block her mom on social media.

“It’s been an Instagram war with my mother that I never saw coming,” mused Roberts. “It’s a good story to tell the baby.”