Today we had the pleasure to interview Manuel Emch, CEO of Romain Jerome (RJ).  Manuel stated that he is designer and his inspiration for the watches come from history – whether it is to incorporate Titanic DNA or one of his favorite video game Mario Brothers.  The average age of RJ buyer is approximately 26 years, so he designs unique watches which you normally do not see many people wearing.

Manuel also unveiled a limited edition (7 pieces) for Dubai Watch Week – the DIFC DNA.  DIFC or Dubai International Finance Center is where the DWW events take place.  It is also a leading global financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.  The DIFC DNA uses the Skylab model and has metal from donated screws from the DIFC Gate Building. The screws were melted with watchmaking steel, then alloy rusted, oxidized then stabilized for the case. We will be posting the entire interview on Watchuseek YouTube channel shortly.

We were delighted to meet and discuss watches with legendary Kurt Klaus in an interview.  Kurt recently celebrated his  82 nd birthday and he was delighted to share the story of Big Pilot and designing of Perpetual Calendar.  Mr. Klaus stated that he had designed the Portuguese movement in 1940 in a larger case for the Portugal market.  That same movement was used Pilot watch, which was then called the Big Pilot.

Kurt also provided what he referred to as an “adventurous story” on how he developed the IWC perpetual calendar with four-digit year and chronograph complication, in the mid-eighties.  This same movement is still in use 30 years later in the current version of perpetual calendar.  We will be posting the entire interview with Kurt on Watchuseek YouTube channel.

Vacheron held a session to unveil their Dubai Watch Week limited edition as part of their Metiers d’Art series.  The watch has a beautiful image of the falcon in the foreground (it is the national bird of UAE) and painted guilloche dial with colorful sand and blue sky.  The watch is limited to 10 pieces and is priced at $422k.

One of the best way to enjoy the Dubai Watch Week is strike a conversation with any master watchmaker at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just at the smoke break.  This time the conversation was with Philippe Dufour.  Mr. Dufour emphasized the need for DWW as a platform to promote education aspect of the watchmaking.  He said he is not getting any younger (although we disagree!), so he wants to provide and pass down as much knowledge about watchmaking as possible.

Photo Credit: Scott Sitkiewitz