Parmigiani Fleurier presents Hijri Perpetual Calendar, the first wristwatch enriched with the complication of the Islamic Perpetual Calendar.
In the Muslim world, the calendar is based on the cycles of the moon. The lunar calendar Hijri o Islamic consists of twelve months of 29 or 30 days - depending on the phase of the moon - and is used to identify the days of Islamic holidays. Contrary to the solar calendar, which is used in the West, the months of the lunar calendar change each year by a difference of -10 to -12 days. Consequently, each month always falls on a different season and therefore varies from Gregorian calendar.
The starting and starting point for calculating the Islamic calendar is the emigration of Prophet Mohammed in Arabic defined "Hijri", gives Mecca a Medina, current Saudi Arabia, which took place in the year 622, a date which also corresponds to the foundation of the Islamic community.
The development of this complication dates back to 1993, the year in which Michael Parmigiani restores a wristwatch, three years before the foundation of the brand that bears his name. The restoration pushed Parmigiani to create, in 2011, a table clock with an Islamic calendar, a unique event in the world as no lunar calendar had ever been designed to function continuously. This exceptional piece draws inspiration from that restoration work on a simple Islamic calendar.
The new Hijri Perpetual Calendar features a 44,5mm platinum case paired with a slate-colored brass dial with delta skeletonized hands. On the dial we find the indications of hours, minutes, date in Arabic numerals, name and length of months in Arabic script and abundant and common years. At 6 o'clock, the phases of the moon are shown on an aventurine sky. Visible through the sapphire caseback, the PF009 automatic caliber with platinum oscillating weight decorated "Grain d'Orange”Guilloché guarantees a power reserve of 48 hours.
Crafted with extreme minuteness, this timepiece boasts elements inspired by Arabic architecture such as bridges in the shape of crescent and waning lunar humpbacks and the Rubʿal-Hizb, an Islamic symbol depicted with two overlapping squares.
The new Parmigiani Fleurier Hijri Perpetual Calendar it is completed with a black alligator strap Hermès with pin buckle and will be available at 80.000 EURO.