We are very proud that FLAIR Magazine has posted an article about two of our products specialised for the Muslim world.
(Here is an excerpt.)
For years Muslims have relied on many ways to tell them the time for prayers and for breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Checking the timings on the daily newspaper, turning on the radio or television, installing an Islamic timings application and even observing the sun! But the latest and coolest way to know your timings is with specialized luxury timepieces made for Muslims. Created by Archides Uhren GmbH in Salzburg, the Austrian company has created timepieces specially made for Muslims. The collection features three amazing unique pieces.
In the era when the smallest unit of time were seconds, not tenths of a second, those days of royal and imperial monarchy of Josef II., the great Viennese Art of Clockmaking was established. Driven by the commercial promotions of the monarch the clockmakers were able to defy in technical as artistic manner with the other major european metropols of clockmaking, London and Paris. From the perspective of the collector, this is significant because in general collecting and rating is done by manufacturers, according to provenance.
Therefor the area of colleting is regional, as opposed to other collection areas. This means that the domestic market is always the most significant market for collectors. The exchange between areas or cities is estimated as rather low. This is also because tastes and interior conditions prevented nearly a lively exchange.
There can be named two criterias of the collecting area. First, collecting according to technical and second according to stylistic criterias. From the technical perspective this makes sense when cherishing clocks before 1860. Around the year 1860, parallel to the development of automatic machines, mechanical clock movements production became even more mass-produced and more alike. With the turn of the century there were hardly any regional differences in the movements, because the movements were distributed “large scale”. Special feature of the great Viennese clocks were the “Viennese Stroke” also called “Great Sonnerie” in the clockmaking world. At every quarter-hour a sound with the number of quarter-hours is played on gong or bells. On the hour this stroke is accompanied with a second different stroke. With an special repeater mechanism this stroke can be played again to strike the current hour. In the technical clockmaking language this function is also compared to “Night Watches”
The first generation of Time Machines TM1 was created with the goal of showing that time is much more than positions of minute and hour hands. Time as a continuum, time as something discoverable with our senses, audible, visible, a thing that inspires wonder. Our goal was to create a sense of timeless eternity in a room through the sound of the machine
and the meditative swing of the pendulum.
The second generation, called TM2, is equipped with an elegant, simple, and shapely minute and hour indicator,
with a rotating minute hand a ring gear with an integrated hour marker.
This elegant Skeleton clock with a novel pendulum arrangement features a dramatic hand painted Sun and Moon dial. The dial rotates once a day revealing a Day and Night sky into which is incorporated a Moonphase aperture showing the different phases of the moon throughout the 29 ½ day cycle.
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