DJWE: DOHA JEWELLERY AND WATCH EXHIBITION
18 February 2018
Established in 2004, the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition has since remained resolutely at the forefront of the Middle Eastern business events calendar. It has successfully retained its fame as a high-profile gathering for jewellery aficionados, time piece connoisseurs, global brands, and aspiring designers, in a convivial and exclusive atmosphere.
This being a display at the summit of artisanal luxury, it represents a great opportunity for Thomas Mercer to showcase its creations and reinforce its long-standing reputation as a purveyor of fine gifts for diplomatic occasions.
In 2018 H.H. the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani honoured Thomas Mercer with a visit at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition.
The previous year, 2017, boasted another honour when the HH the prince, Sheik Thani Bin Hamad Al-Thani, visited the Thomas Mercer stand and stayed for a presentation on the Observatory Grand Complication. As the name hints, this one-of-a-kind time piece is the world’s most complicated marine chronometer, featuring no fewer than fifteen complications, including a rare flying Detent Tourbillon and double fusee-and-chain transmission, in a superbly handcrafted wood and steel case.
The name ‘Observatory’ pays tribute to the eponymous model of the 1980s, the most luxurious marine chronometer ever manufactured by Thomas Mercer in its glorious past. Today’s Observatory is a revisioning thereof, but truly fit for the new millennium, and required no less than three years of design, research, development and execution, all for a unique time piece: unique indeed, and yet typical of all Mercer objects d’art in their ruthless dedication to precision, beauty and excellence.