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.
H. Moser et Cie Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Erythro
Drawing inspiration from one of the colours of the United Arab Emirates flag, H. Moser & Cie. Presents a limited-edition timepiece that brings ruby to its celebrated dials for the very first time.
Joining hands with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, H. Moser & Cie. unveils a timepiece sure to captivate collectors thanks to its distinctive aesthetic language that makes it instantly identifiable as the work of this independent watchmaker. A Moser watch is the ideal companion for the collector who likes to whisper, rather than shout, and this particular creation is from H. Moser & Cie.’s Concept series, with neither logo nor indices, an especially minimalist reimagining of the brand’s values that does away with mention of the brand name and distils the design down to the absolutely, gloriously minimalist. Pared back and stripped of superfluous elements, its perfectly balanced purity comes to the fore.
The watch pays tribute to the long-standing partnership between the Seddiqi and Meylan families. Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, CCO of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons commented: “We are especially thrilled to have worked on this exceptional model, the first ever H. Moser showcasing a dial made of ruby”.
Moser is known for its impeccable fumé dials – a striking visual pillar, and ruby, a symbol of loyalty, charity and passion, underscores the uncluttered purity of the design, a true expression of ‘less is more’ luxury. Housed inside its 40 mm steel case, the HMC 200 in-house movement is equipped with a regulating organ manufactured by Precision Engineering AG, H. Moser & Cie.'s sister company. Decorated with the famous Moser double stripes, the calibre HMC 200 houses a large engraved gold oscillating weight.
The Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Erythro is issued in just 20 pieces.
Bovet 19thirty Fleurier Limited Edition
An homage to the UAE’s Year of the Fiftieth, the limited edition Bovet 19Thirty Fleurier stands out and gleams as it encapsulates the sophistication and excellence of the nation. Featuring a hand decorated dial, ergonomic 42mm case, exhibition caseback and hand-wound movement, the timepiece is the definition of watchmaking excellence. The sapphire cabochon that ornaments the crown highlights its exceptional elegance, while the strap with its contrast thread makes for an exclusive masterpiece like no other.
WestEnd "The Formation"
The foundation of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is closely linked with West End Watch Co. of Switzerland. It started in late 1940s with the purchase of 12 West End watches by the late Ahmed Qasim Seddiqi. Everyone remembers him affectionately speaking of West End as “The Mother of Swiss Watches". This was followed by the sale of hundreds of thousands of West End watches, over the decades, making it one of the greatest success stories for Swiss watches in the Middle East. Nicknamed “The Formation”, this special edition watch was recently made to celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee. The timepiece features Indian-Arabic numerals and a caseback with the year of the fiftieth engraved. Each watch comes numbered individually. Limited edition to 100 pieces only.
Chopard "My Soul Loves You"
Introducing the “My Soul Loves You” bracelet by Chopard, a recreation of the 1997 model in occasion of the UAE 50th Anniversary. Its design and beauty truly lie in the Arabic calligraphy meticulously formed in two variations of 100% ethical gold – white gold and rose gold. The white gold bracelet has a moving white diamond inside a heart, while the rose gold bracelet has a moving ruby inside a heart, representing our adoration for this great nation. This message of love shines boldly with pave-encrusted letters.
Anonimo "Epurato UAE 50"
An understated yet elegant epitome of the resounding joy of the Year of the Fiftieth, Anonimo’s limited edition Epurato UAE 50 is Swiss minimalism at its best. Leaning towards the UAE colour palette with its burgundy varnished dial, white hands with Super-LumiNova, and a green strap, the timepiece is simply an invitation to embrace the historic moment. The cushion-shaped case comes in a satin bronze finish and is encrusted with a sapphire crystal and anti-reflective coating, and embellished with 26 jewels. The signature engraving on the case back with the Year of the Fiftieth logo makes the piece a timeless memento.
De Bethune "UAE HAWK"
A true representation of the UAE, the De Bethune anniversary edition for the Year of the Fiftieth collection is an endearing tribute to the nation’s heritage. Known as the “UAE Hawk”, the colour is directly inspired by national shades while the iconic lugs glide towards the future and across italicized numerals including a distinctive “50”. The timepiece is completed with an engraved “Year of the Fiftieth” logo in the case back a tribute to the Spirit of the Union.
Concord Mariner Slim Gent
Technical precision. Modern design. UAE in a timepiece. This is the Year of the 50th limited edition, Concord Mariner Slim Gent. Designed with its signature 40mm and 12-sided bevel case, and secured by a stylish, slimline bracelet with a stainless steel deployment buckle, the Mariner Slim Gent is a subtle tribute to the successes and evolution of the nation. The sophisticated onyx hue upon stainless steel reflects the resilience and poise that the UAE exemplifies. The case back comes engraved with the Year of the Fiftieth logo, making for a timeless keepsake dedicated to this momentous occasion.