Friday, December 3, 2010
PARMIGIANI CELEBRATES THE ISLAMIC NEW YEAR & LAUNCHES FIRST MECHANICAL CLOCK BASED ON THE HIJRIAN CALENDAR
The rarest of luxury artifacts in the world, the coveted clock is priced at AED 9.5 million (US$2.58)
as it is the only one of its kind in the world. With the launch of this clock, Parmigiani Fleurier has
successfully relayed its outstanding expertise as a master watchmaker to the Middle Easter public.
The clock equipped with a continuous thirty-year mechanical Hegirian calendar displays the mean
time in hours and minutes and is fitted with precision moon phases. The clock factors in the thirty-
year cycle of normal and leap years and the dates for a Hegirian year for the duration of 354 days
or 355 days, the seven days of the week and the 12 months or the year corresponding to the thirty-
year annual lunar cycle.
The movement for the motor mechanism is housed in the base of the clock and is wound manually
using a retractable click lever in the base. The clock’s 30-day autonomy is indicated by a ruby
index which moves horizontally.
The cabinet that houses the clock itself is made from precious and semi-precious metals including
solid silver, gold, metal-clad in quartz and obsidian. Three access doors are required to index the
date and to set the time using the rear crown when the clock is being commissioned.
Parmigiani watches are highly complicated and remain steadfast in their commitment to perfection.
Every watch is handmade in workshops in Fleurier and exclusivity is virtually guaranteed as only a
few thousand timepieces are created annually.