2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates, a nation whose culture is inexorably rooted in heritage and tradition, and whose vision for the future is bold, ambitious and at the cutting edge of technology – just like some of our favourite watch brands.
August 23, 2021
50 years of crafting the future with the UAE
As Curators of Time since 1950, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons has been instrumental in establishing the UAE as a regional hub for horology, advancing the understanding and knowledge of fine watchmaking and bringing the world’s finest watchmaking marques to the region.
The histories of the UAE and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons are beautifully interwoven.
(1) Having recently celebrated its own 70th anniversary with a collection of limited-edition timepieces, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is honoured to be commemorating the Year of the 50th in a similar vein – by celebrating the finest high-end watchmaking talent in the world courtesy of more than 35 instantly covetable limited-edition releases.
(2) A special think-tank led by Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi has worked hand in hand with leading watch brands to create limited-edition timepieces to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates. The limited-edition collection of more than 35 pieces draws on technical mastery and the superlative savoir faire of skilled watchmakers to craft the next chapter in the ever-evolving story of the UAE and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
Here are the limited-edition timepieces that celebrate 50 years of crafting the future with the UAE
Moritz-Grossmann "The Fifty"
Bearing the name of the country proudly on its mirror-polished black dial, the commemorative timepiece created by Moritz-Grossmann celebrates the United Arab Emirates and the longstanding connection with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. This horological homage comes all the way from the independent manufacture in the heart of Glashütte in a limited release of just ten pieces, each of which has its number engraved on the case-back. An elegant 41mm in diameter and featuring a hand-wound movement, the stainless steel timepiece epitomises exceptional German craftsmanship. The special edition is exclusively available via Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
“The Fifty is a watch that represents a milestone and its bold design symbolizes modernity and looking towards a bright future,” says Moritz Grossmann founder and CEO Christine Hutter. "The entire team at Moritz Grossmann congratulates the UAE and our partners Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. We look forward to the next 50 years!“
Sarpaneva "Unity" and "Freedom"
Two eye-catching editions pay tribute to the colours of the United Arab Emirates. A red dial-coloured ‘Unity’ edition and a green ‘Freedom’ version celebrate the 50-year legacy of the country while nodding to its future courtesy of independent watchmaker Stephan Sarpaneva, a Finnish watchmaker specializing in individually hand-crafted, complicated timepieces with the motto ‘not for everyone’. Each of these watches, which are 42mm in diameter courtesy of a DLC-stainless steel case forged from Finland’s renowned steel giant Outokumpu, has been crafted to pay homage to the UAE and to celebrate its position as a cultural hub for craftsmanship and horology. Uniting the traditions of watchmaking with an avant-garde approach to design, Sarpaneva’s two timepieces are destined to be covetable conversation starters for the fortunate collectors who acquire one.
Louis Moinet "Al Sarraj Astrolabe UAE Celebration"
Inspired by one of the most advanced astronomic creations from the Islamic world, this incredible watch draws on the 14th-century invention of Ahmad Ibn Al Sarraj.
“This rare limited edition is inspired by one of the oldest instruments in human history: the astrolabe, which makes it possible to make astronomical observations and tell the time during the day by observing the sun, and at night by observing the stars,” notes Louis Moinet CEO, Jean-Marie Schaller. “Louis Moinet presents a new setting of the sleek design with a logo for the 50th anniversary of the UAE.