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Parmigiani Fleurier Hijiri Perpetual Calendar

The Parmigiani Fleurier Hijiri Perpetual Calendar is housed in a 44.5mm platinum case and, consistent with the brand’s other watches, encompasses exquisite movement finishing. The high-end Maison from Val-de-Travers has conceived a supremely complicated wristwatch, featuring an Islamic calendar, inspired by a historical pocket watch.

Parmigiani Fleurier, unlike most other watch companies, produce virtually every component found within its timepieces. Indeed, the only parts the Maison doesn’t produce are sapphire crystals, rubies and the sumptuous Hermès straps supplied with its high-end models.

From the outset, this exemplar of haute horlogerie looked to the past as a source of inspiration for its future models. Michel Parmigiani, the founder of the Maison, is widely known for his extensive knowledge of restoration and is often entrusted with priceless automata, clocks and watches. When restoring any horological artefact, his objective is to sympathetically return it to its original condition. This entails in-depth research of the item and the materials used in its making. At no stage does Michel impose his own personality on the piece, mindful that originality is of paramount importance.

In restoring numerous clocks and watches, Michel has amassed much knowledge that is relevant to the brand’s modern-day watches. His rationale is simple, he wants his watches to possess intrinsic longevity. Indeed, a new Tonda or Kalpa is designed to facilitate restoration in the next century and beyond.

In 1993, Parmigiani Fleurier restored an oval-shaped watch endowed with an Islamic calendar. Thereafter, in 2011, Parmigiani Fleurier developed a table clock again featuring an Islamic calendar. Now, the Maison from the Val-de-Travers has just unveiled the Parmigiani Fleurier Hijiri Perpetual Calendar, the first Hijiri Perpetual Calendar.

The brand’s press release

Parmigiani Fleurier is very proud to present a world premiere, its very first Hijri Perpetual Calendar wristwatch. The new calendar is based on technology Parmigiani Fleurier developed for an exclusive table clock launched in 2011 and inspired by the restoration of a pocket watch featuring an Arabic calendar. For the first time in Parmigiani Fleurier’s history, the Hijri Perpetual Calendar complication is made available in a wristwatch.

Parmigiani Fleurier Hijiri Perpetual Calendar

Parmigiani Fleurier is very proud to present a world premiere, its very first Hijri Perpetual Calendar wristwatch. The new calendar is based on technology Parmigiani Fleurier developed for an exclusive table clock launched in 2011 and inspired by the restoration of a pocket watch featuring an Arabic calendar. For the first time in Parmigiani Fleurier’s history, the Hijri Perpetual Calendar complication is made available in a wristwatch.

In the Muslim world, the calendar is based on the cycles of the moon. The Hijri or Islamic lunar calendar consists of twelve months of 29 or 30 days – depending on the moon phase- and is used to pinpoint the days for Islamic holidays. 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 on a different season and therefore varies from the Gregorian Calendar.

The starting point of Islamic time calculations is the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in present-day Saudi Arabia in the year 622, known as Hijri, and is when the first Muslim community was founded.

This new piece features a 44.5 mm timepiece with a platinum case, a slate dial and rotor in platinum. It shows the hours and minutes, and date in Arabic numerals, the name and length of the months in Arabic calligraphy, as well as 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 timepieces, every single component of the movement, even the hidden parts, are decorated by in-house specialists. No components were 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 el Hizb, an Islamic symbol represented by two overlapping squares. In addition, the aesthetic of the Hijri Perpetual Calendar wristwatch is inspired by the purest artistic elements and follows timeless codes often seen in Parmigiani Fleurier collections. The lugs shape remain faithful to the brand’s ethos, designed to be ergonomic and comfortable on the wrist. This world-first is also fitted with a black Hermès alligator strap with a pin buckle.

As usual at Parmigiani Fleurier, further customisation of the model is possible in order to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece.

Parmigiani Fleurier Hijiri Perpetual Calendar

The original development of the timepiece dates back to 1993 with the restoration of a pocket watch by Michel Parmigiani, three years before the creation of the Parmigiani Fleurier brand. This led Mr Parmigiani to the creation of a table clock featuring a Hijri Calendar in 2011- a world’s first as no lunar calendar had ever been designed to operate continuously. This piece of exception was inspired by his work restoring a simple Hijri Calendar. He also worked on a pocket watch dating back to the end of the 18th or beginning of the 19th Century, which featured a solar calendar translated into Arabic.

Further reading

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