Dubai Watch Week Horology Forum Videos: Pump & Dump, Environmentally Friendly, Conspiracy & Authenticity
by Ian Skellern
While Dubai Watch Week did not take place this year, the popular Horology Forum discussion panels were fortunately held virtually. Here are three videos from it you may enjoy.
Pump & Dumping 24K: Shehab Gargash, Mishal Kanoo, Adam Craniotes, and Jonathan Darracott
This panel discusses brands and retailers unofficially selling luxury on the grey market to recoup investments.
Have you ever put products on the grey market? – 0:02:19
What do you do with stock that won’t sell? – 0:08:30
What is the success of your business contingent on, quantity or quality? – 0:19:00
What do you think happens to the value of a brand name when it sold on the grey market? – 0:31:00
Do you judge people who buy on the grey market? – 0:45:00
Buying from a retailer/official channels indicates the client cares about quality of procedure, respects brand values, and understands luxury. What do you think of that? – 0:53:35
If your friend gave you a gift that you discovered later was bought on the grey market, would this impact how you feel about the gift? – 1:01:00
Shehab Gargash is the managing director and group CEO of Gargash Group and the founder and chairman of Daman Investments
Mishal Kano is the chairman of the Kanoo Group
Jonathan Darracott is the global head of watches at Bonhams
Adam Craniotes is the founder and president of RedBar group and the editor-at-large of Revolution
Means to the End of the World Panel: Aline Sylla-Walbaum, Christophe Nicaise, Edouard Meylan (H. Moser), and Stephen Forsey (Greubel Forsey)
As one of the world’s leading pollutants, find out how luxury, art, and watchmaking are impacting the environment in this Means to the End of the World panel.
How has the existence of your livelihood polluted the environment? – 0:01:22
What are you actively doing to stop it, apart from talking about initiatives? – 0:11:42
Have you ever believed at times that your hopes are not aligned with reality? – 0:32:31
What is the biggest victory for the luxury world in terms of environmental and/or human relief? – 0:44:19
Would you live the life of a monk if you knew it would make a difference to saving the environment? – 0:39:33
What is your favorite brand and how does it harm the environment? – 0:50:32
Stephen Forsey is the co-founder of Greubel Forsey
Aline Sylla-Walbaum is the global managing director at Christie’s
Christophe Nicaise is the chief strategy and business development officer at Seddiqi Holding
Edouard Meylan is the CEO of H. Moser et Cie
Servants of Serpents: Ali Khadra, Marie-Cécile Cisamolo, Ian Skellern, and Gary Getz
This is a panel about conspiracy and authenticity and whether the heart of the luxury industry beats in an organic market or is wound up and coerced into ticking by specific entities.
Does anyone even really look at the product being sold anymore? – 0:01:22
Have you ever made a decision based on someone else’s expectations contradicting your own opinion? – 0:23:46
What is the truest way to find out if a piece/art is actually good or not? – 0:35:54
Are you a follower or a leader? – 0:45:09
What do you think of the notion: another word for contemporary art is hard work ignored while trash is celebrated? – 1:01:28
Have you ever been in a position where you liked something no one else did publicly? – 1:12:12
Ali Khadra is the founder and publisher of Canvas and Sorbet
Marie-Cécile Cisamolo is the jewelry specialist at Christie’s Geneva
Ian Skellern is the co-founder and technical editor of Quill & Pad
Gary Getz is the resident collector at Quill & Pad
For more videos from the Dubai Watch Week Horology Forum, please visit www.youtube.com/channel/UCtqshvr7ywaHFj6DqOnDPyw.