Something Old, Something New at the 2018 Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition
The 2018 edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and delivered by Auditoire, features more than 490 brands from over 10 participating countries. This year’s edition brings once more an extensive display of classic and contemporary luxury collections by international brands and designers.
New features of the exhibition also makes this annual event a worthwhile venture. While the event retain the glittering display, more informational activities await the visitors.
DJWE Majlis Talks
Visitors to DJWE get to join the informal discussions organised for people of the local community. The talks featured international watch experts and collectors including head of Paris auction house Artcurial, Geoffroy Ader. His topics, ‘Collecting Vintage Watches at Auction,’ ‘Patek Philippe; King of the Auction Market,’ received such positive response from the local audience. Artcurial is also providing watch collectors with daily free consultations.
Complimentary Watchmaking Sessions
French watchmaking expert Objectif Horlogerie is hosting a complimentary daily watchmaking sessions, offering enthusiastic attendees a diploma into the precision and complexity of handcrafting timepieces. More than 100 people have already participated and taken home their desirable new qualification, encouraging others to pre-register for the remaining sessions.
This year, Objectif Horlogeriea is holding a new workshop for 15 people only. These lucky participants will assemble a bespoke swiss watch, especially designed by experts for DJWE. The limited-edition timepiece is carrying the DJWE logo and the Qatari flag, with sapphire glass and 42-mm calibre, equipped with swiss automation mechanic and presented in a special leather case clasp of Qatari flag colours.
Young Qatari Designers
The Young Qatari Designers’ initiative presented at the 15th edition of DJWE, is one of the key pillars to support and develop the country’s young creative talent by providing a global platform to present their jewellery. Held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the initiative allows the local talents to exhibit their designs alongside prestigious international brands.
This year, the spotlight is on three new and three returning talented designers – Nada Al Sulaiti (Hairaat); Nouf Al Meer (Nouf Jewellery); Ghada Al Buainain; Leila Abu Issa (Leila Issam Fine Jewellery); Shikha Mohamed (Al Ghla Jewellery); and Jawaher and Hissa Mohammed Al Mannai (Ghand Jewellery).
The Young Qatari Designers pavilion was honoured with the visit of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, who was presented with unique collections of jewellery and gems. Over the first days of the exhibition, a large number of visitors and VIP visiting the pavilion praised the details of the designs – the way they were displayed and the refinement of the luxurious pieces which represented Qatar in the exhibition. Unique pieces were sold immediately.
‘Milestones’ Charity Auction
A fresh addition to the exhibition is the ‘Milestones’ charity auction. DJWE, in partnership with Al Bahie Auction House, will promote Young Qatari Designers by hosting an auction, where buyers can bid on a signature piece designed by the six designers. Proceeds of the auction will be given to Education Above All (EAA), a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through quality education.
The six luxurious lots for the auction include bespoke jewellery pieces that will leave a personalised mark at DJWE.
The Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition will run until tomorrow, Monday, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. For more details about the exhibition, visit their website at djwe.com.