The Middle East Watch of the Year Awards: the winners

December 2, 2014
There are many ways you can describe your watch to someone: “It’s a chronograph; it has a minute repeater; a power reserve of 100 hours; a perpetual calendar; a second timezone…” But let's be be honest, those types of details will wash over most people’s heads, even if they do nod in apparent understanding. A description we can all identify with however, is ‘award winning’, which is why the below timepieces are very much of interest.

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Last weekend, Dubai hosted the 10th edition of the Middle East Watch of the Year awards, held alongside the inaugural Salon des Grandes Complications exhibit. Far from being a self-indulgent nod to its own industry – as so many award nights often are – the Watch of the Year awards recognises the timepieces that have stood out in the ultra-competitive industry and risen to the top of their class. So as you check out the winners below, think how much easier the conversation would be at your next dinner party when asked about your watch, if you could just say, “It won an award recently...” Best Men's Watch and also Best Tourbillon Watch – Cartier, Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire Cartier, Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire watch Best Ladies Watch – Van Cleef & Arpels, Pont des Amoureux Poetic Complication Van Cleef & Arpels, Pont des Amoureux Poetic Complication Best Chronograph Watch – De Bethune, DB28 Maxichrono De Bethune, DB28 Maxichrono Best Design Watch – Arnold & Son, Time Pyramid Arnold & Son, Time Pyramid Best Classical Watch – Bovet Fleurier, Récital 12 “Monsieur Dimier” Bovet Fleurier, Récital 12 “Monsieur Dimier” Best Multi-Time Zone Watch – Jaeger-LeCoultre, Duomètre Unique Travel Time Jaeger-LeCoultre, Duomètre Unique Travel Time Best High-End Jewelled Watch – Graff, MasterGraff Tourbillon 45mm Fully Set with Diamonds Graff, MasterGraff Tourbillon 45mm Fully Set with Diamonds Best Technical Innovation Watch – Greubel Forsey, QP à Equation Greubel Forsey, QP à Equation Best Sports Watch – Roger Dubuis, Pulsion Skeleton Flying Tourbillon Roger Dubuis, Pulsion Skeleton Flying Tourbillon Best Independent Watch Brand – MB&F MB&F HM 6 Space pirate