This astonishing clock has been manually created from the first to the very last part, and is a unique timepiece. Its name ‘Al-Biruni’ was born when the style and philosophy of the clock were being developed, when Konstantin Chaykin was studying the theory and history of the Islamic calendar. Abu-r-Raikhan Biruni, or Al-Biruni, was the name of the greatest Eastern scholar from Kheva (near the Ural, then was part of the Iran. Born in 973 A.D.), who contributed enormously to the development of the science of calendars and chronology, and particularly the Islamic lunar calendar. The watchmaker decided to name this unique clock after this outstanding Muslim scholar to honour the great discoveries of the sages of medieval Asia, and to pay due respect to the greatly rich scientific and cultural heritage of the East.
While the entire clock is just 13 cm tall, the watchmaker was nonetheless able to masterfully fit additional complications into its miniature dimensions. The movement is equipped with date and month displays according to the Hijra lunar calendar, together with a tourbillon and moon-phase display.
The silver case reflects traditional architecture from Central Asia and is decorated with a fascinating mosaic composed of lapis lazuli, jasper, smalt and tiger’s eye. It recalls the mosaics present in mosques and madrasas in Samarkand and Astana. The magnificent mother-of-pearl dial features gold-plated numbers written in Arabic, the language of the Prophet.
- Ref.: T770AG72FL70
- Price range: > 200.000,00 € (incl. VAT)
- Movement: THJ 02-1
- Frequency: 18,000 vibrations per hour, 21 jewels, one-minute tourbillion, 8 days power reserve
- Functions: hours, minutes, moon phases, patented Muslim calendar device: date, month, day (in Arabic)
- Dial: mother-of-pearl, gold, steel hands manually blued
- Case: Silver, gold, lazurite, turquoise, agate, tiger’s eye (Florentine mosaic)
- Dimensions: 124 mm х 146 mm х 68 mm
Tags: AHCI, Al-Biruni, Konstantin Chaykin, moslemische Tischuhr, Muslim, muslim clock, Tischuhr
Muslims believe that time is Allah’s great gift. In several of the Suras (or chapters) about Mecca, Allah swears by the different times of day, i.e. day, night, morning, dawn and dusk. The Koran highlights the importance of time and calls upon the faithful to pay attention to this concept once again.
Hijra mechanical wristwatches are not only luxury objects, but also excellent timekeeping devices embedded with the Islamic calendar and a new moon-phase display created especially for Muslims.
The harmonious blend created between the watches’ strict outer designs and their traditional Islamic decorative elements best conveys the contemporary view of the cultural and historical heritage of the East. All the numbers, days of the week and months on these watches are written in Arabic, a language understood by the majority of Muslims around the world.
Traditions of Islamic architecture are reflected in the shapes of the hands: the hour hand is shaped like a mosque, and the minute hand like a minaret. The shape of the hands displaying the date according to the Islamic calendar recalls the most famous Islamic symbol of all: the crescent moon.
The case back is made of sapphire crystal, unveiling the wonderful movements designed and created by Konstantin Chaykin. The Arabic script on the case backs is taken from Ayat 5 of Sura 10 of the Koran: “It is He who gave the sun radiance and the moon light, and determined their stages so that you may learn the calculation of years and the reckoning of time.” The very essence of all Hijra Muslim wristwatches is encapsulated in this sacred phrase; their main purpose is to serve their owners by constantly reminding them of Allah’s great gift.
Tags: AHCI, Konstantin Chaykin, moslemische Armbanduhr, Muslim, muslim Watch