Kerbedanz gave to this watch, the symbolic figure of Grand Mosque and presented, as world premiere, in Salon des Grandes Complications in Dubaï this unique creation as tribute to the biggest and the most beautiful mosque in the U.A.E.
The Grand Mosque bin Sultan al Nahyan mosque which marks the entrance of Abu Dhabi with its total area of 22'412 square meters and its capacity to accommodate more than 40,000 visitors, is the largest mosque in the UAE and the sixth largest in the world. It is also the largest marble structure built to this day. Its construction lasted from 1995 to 2007, twelve years of work, and it is the result of collaboration of international engineers and artisans and 2,500 workers. The walls and ceilings of the mosque are entirely made from white Carrara marble. Floral patterns of colored marble adorn the corners of the vast courtyard of 17,000 square meters, paved with white marble.
It consists of 1048 marble columns encrusted with semi-precious stones, and 82 domes of seven different sizes, topped by spires covered with glided glass mosaics. The main dome, which is situated in the middle of the central prayer hall, is measuring 85 meters in height, with a diameter of 32.8 meters, which makes it the largest dome of mosque in the world. The minarets, four in number, rise up to 107 meters high.
The reflective pools surrounding the mosque amplify its beauty and the white and gold vibrant colors, glistening in the sun, and they are replaced at night by the light coming from 22 towers, each equipped with about ten projectors, giving the illusion of a lunar pattern developing on the surface of the marble according to the phases of the nocturnal star.
The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the largest chandeliers in the world, hanging from a central dome. This chandelier measuring 10 meters in diameter and 15 meters high weighs nearly 12 tons. The center of the structure has an internal staircase for maintenance. The lighting is performed by electroluminescent diodes.
This same prayer hall is measuring 50x55 to 45 meters above the ground. The ceiling is supported by 24 columns covered by Macedonian white marble encrusted with mother of pearl floral patterns. The marble floor is covered with a Persian carpet of 5627 square meters, considered as the largest in the world, made by 1200 Iranian weavers. Its nine component parts have been assembled using nodes by fifty workers. It weighs a total of 47 tons, 12 tons of which are cotton and 35 tons are wool.
Mechanical hand-wound tourbillon KRB-01 caliber, designed, manufactured and decorated by Kerbedanz and Technotime, 27 jewels, 28’800 vib/h, double barrel, 120-hour power reserve. Special Kerbedanz engraving on the back of the movement. Tourbillon cage placed at south west, between 7 and 8 o’clock.
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18K white gold, 46mm. Designed and manufactured by Kerbedanz. Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment. Water-resistant 5 atm. Crown situated in the north-east, between 1 and 2 o’clock.
Massive white gold. Designed, manufactured and hand decorated by Kerbedanz.
Alligator mississippiensis with 18K white gold folding clasp with a special Kerbedanz design.