Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dazzling Dubai

Deciding to take a sabbatical from the wearisome banking world, I was drawn to go on a personal adventure which would cover Dubai and parts of Asia. My magic carpet ride into this dazzling city was flying on a Qantas A380 in a First Class Suite.
The flight was so pleasant and devoid of any harsh turbulence that it made one feel as if one was on a grand rail journey. Maybe it was the endless flow of Pol Roger Winston Churchill that dulled the senses.
As Dubai is a city of excess this participant was more than happy to further support that notion. A Mercedes limousine quickly shuttled me to a humble corner suite at the Conrad Dubai. One quickly realizes that in a land of oil riches the only way to traverse this vast urban sprawl is via taxi or personal driver.
One of the primary reasons for coming to Dubai was to scale the permissible heights of the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa.
Level 148 at 555 meters is the highest outdoor observatory in the world.
For such an oil rich state the obsession with water is very apparent. Why else with all this available land would one dredge the ocean to build the Palms (Jumeriah and Jebel Ali) along with The World islands and then conceive some of the most astounding aquariums.
Apart from its size, the luxurious Dubai Mall is known as an enthralling watch and jewelry mecca with most major brands sporting their largest flagship boutiques globally.
It always makes one feel good when you visit a boutique before it has been officially opened with this instance being the Hublot boutique which none other than Jean Claude Biver would open the following week.
My watch collecting highlight was when the A. Lange & Sohne team at the Dubai Mall boutique invited me to an exclusive cocktail party that was showcasing the 2015 novelties.

The star of the show was the platinum Zeitwerk Minute Repeater in Platinum.
Here is a watch fit for a Prince(or Emir), the Lange 31, in platinum with baguette diamonds. It is a unique piece that comes in a set of three. The other two in the set are white and rose gold. Wonder where you could wear this in Sydney?

I also got to try the 1815 200th Anniversary in platinum.
The 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar was another standout piece from the collection.
Literally next door to the Lange boutique was Ulysse Nardin and naturally there were a few spectacular pieces on display.
At the Ulysse Nardin boutique I met a pair of Strangers.
Arabian tales are always filled with exotic mystery and wonder, my first journey to Dubai was a definite confirmation.