A platinum dress watch with a rare high-complication, that will be more than appreciated in the Muslim world.
Perpetual calendars certainly aren’t the most ordinary thing in watchmaking. The idea of a mechanical watch that ‘knows’ the right amount of days in each months is as fascinating as technically challenging. It’s already a rare breed, but the Parmigiani Fleurier Hijri Perpetual Calendar brings the rarity to the next level. The Hijri or Islamic lunar calendar consists of twelve months of 29 or 30 days and is used to pinpoint the days for Islamic holidays. The months of the lunar calendar change annually by a difference of -10 to -12 days. As a result, each month always falls on a different season and therefore varies from the Gregorian Calendar.
Aside from the three central hands, the slate brass dial of the Hijri Perpetual Calendar has a 30-year cycle showing the leap and common years at 12, months at 3, a date as well as the length of the month at 9, and a beautiful moonphase at 6. The round platinum case measures 44.5 mm in diameter and features typical Parmigiani Fleurier lugs.
The in-house automatic movement driving all this complex beauty is loosely based on the 2011 table clock made by Michele Parmigiani and some antique pieces he had worked on during his restoration years. Every single mechanical part is meticulously finished and some even follow the symbolism of Arabic culture including the bridges shaped of growing and shrinking crescent moons and the Rub el Hizb, an Islamic symbol represented by two overlapping squares. The price for the Hijri Perpetual Calendar starts at CHF 80’000, but bear in mind – almost any customization is possible.
Dec. 24, 2019