HAUTE HOROLOGICAL HISTORY

HAUTE HOROLOGICAL HISTORY

Parmigiani Fleurier, renowned makers of iconic Swiss luxury watches made haute horological history in Dubai, with the world premiere of the first wristwatch using the Islamic Hijri Perpetual Calendar. The iconic marvel of fine watchmaking design and innovative engineering was presented to an exclusive audience of VIPs, fine watch aficionados, collectors and select members of the media at a glittering function at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Dubai International Financial Centre on Tuesday 17th December. The event was attended by more than 20 VIPs from all over the UAE and 50 members of the local & regional print, broadcast and new media.

HAUTE HOROLOGICAL HISTORYPresenting its very first wristwatch that features the Hijri Perpetual Calendar was no mean feat of engineering ingenuity. The watch’s calendar is based on the proprietary technology Parmigiani Fleurier first developed for an exclusive table clock that featured the Islamic Lunar Calendar in 2011 and the restoration of a pocket watch featuring an Arabic calendar.

“This is a truly path-breaking achievement and we are proud to unveil the first-ever wristwatch featuring the Hijri Perpetual Calendar from our manufacture and at this venue in Dubai, the business, commercial and enterprise hub of the wider Middle East region,” said Davide Traxler, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier. “At Parmigiani Fleurier we specialize in achieving the impossible and our master craftsmen and fine watch designers have outdone themselves by being able to appropriately re-engineer, re-imagine and reinterpret the intricate movements that powered the very first table clock that featured the Islamic Lunar Calendar into the innovative wristwatch that we see here today.”

The Islamic Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon with the Hijri Year being made up of twelve months of 29 or 30 days – depending on the moon phase. In contrast to the solar calendar, which is used in the west, the months of the lunar calendar change annually by a difference of -10 to -12 days.

As a result, each month always falls in a different season and therefore varies from the Gregorian Calendar. The starting point of Islamic time calculations is the ‘Hijri’ or journey of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),  from Mecca to Medina in present-day Saudi Arabia in the year 622, which was also the year the first Muslim community was founded.

The Hijri Perpetual Calendar wristwatch is presented as a 44.5 mm timepiece with a platinum case and a slate dial. This new watch shows the hours and minutes, date in Arabic numerals, the name and length of the months in Arabic calligraphy, the abundant and the common years. It also features a moon phase in an aventurine sky and a power reserve of up to 48 hours. As seen in all Parmigiani Fleurier timepieces, every single component of the movement, even the hidden parts, are also decorated by in-house specialists.

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In addition, it features a rotor in platinum. No components in this watch are made of gold. Every detail has been thought of and this stunning timepiece includes Arabic architecture inspired elements- the bridges adopt the shape of growing and shrinking crescent moons and the Rub al Hizb, an Islamic symbol represented by two overlapping squares.

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Taking its name from its founder, watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani, the fine watchmaking brand was founded in 1996 in Fleurier, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers. With its own watchmaking centre ensuring its independence, the brand has both full control over the production process and unique creative freedom. For over twenty years, the Parmigiani Fleurier signature has resided within timepieces that command the utmost respect, in harmony with watchmaking traditions. They are the labour of a lifetime – that of Michel Parmigiani, the talented individuals who assist him, and the special relationship between the Manufacture and the masterpieces of the past, enabling it to invent a bold future.

HAUTE HOROLOGICAL HISTORY