Black Tulip unique watch made by Grieb & Benzinger

By Hallie Engel

Avant-garde German watchmakers of Grieb & Benzinger have created a bespoke, one-of-a-kind watch to commemorate the third anniversary of luxury magazine Simply Abu Dhabi.

The timepiece, dubbed the Black Tulip Sabudha Imperial, has been inspired by the "majesty, mystery and magic of the Middle East", with the unique timepiece made using 19th century tools. Its skeletonised dial is inspired by Arabic design motifs and the artistry of Abu Dhabi’s famed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

The watch was created to celebrate the third anniversary of Simply Abu Dhabi, the only English-language magazine in Abu Dhabi and one of the few magazines distributed in the offices and homes of Emirati royalty.


The magazine has also enjoyed a relationship with Grieb & Benzinger since its debut, according to editor Arnie Hira, who describes himself as a “huge fan” of the brand. Hira collaborated with the watchmaker’s chief executive, Georg Bartkowiak, to design the timepiece. It is decorated with black spinel gemstones and is expected to sell within the six-digit US dollar spectrum.

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