Lunar Hijra

by Konstantin Chaykin

Lunar Hijra
Lunar Hijra
Lunar Hijra

Lunar Hijra

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The creation of mechanical clocks for Muslim countries has a long and oriental vivid history, for several centuries combining the skilled watchmakers of Europe and the powerful rulers of the Ottoman Empire.

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The interest of Turkish sultans in pocket watches dates back to the 16th century, when European ambassadors began to present watches to the padishahs, in order to obtain the mercy of the latter. An important role in the distribution of “pickpockets” in the East was played by religion, since the faithful Muslims are obliged to perform prayers five times a day at a certain time. By the beginning of the 18th century, the ruling class of the Ottoman Empire had developed a steady taste for the watches, which was readily satisfied by European masters from Switzerland, France and England. Watches for the Ottomans were richly decorated with enamel, as well as symbols of the star and crescent. “Turkish” watches can be easily recognized today because of the Arabic digits on the dial, prescribed by the ancient “Ottoman” font.

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Konstantin Chaykin preserved the traditional oriental motifs in the form of a crescent on the tip of the second hand and the “Ottoman” font, transforming the Lunar Hijra desk clock into a magnificent transparent mihrab. The heart of the mosque, mihrab, is filled here with a unique mechanism with a patented Muslim calendar, which was developed by Konstantin Chaykin.

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Today, many Muslim countries officially live according to the Gregorian calendar. The Russian inventor took into account the moment of coexistence of the two systems of chronology and brilliantly combined in the desktop clocks an indication on the lunar calendar of the Lunar Hijra and on the solar Gregorian. A high level of watchmaking emphasizes the minute tourbillon, which compensates for the errors of the course, caused by gravity.

Collection Lunar Hijra

Lunar Hijra

Lunar Hijra

Lunar Hijra

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