SYMBIOSIS OF HIGH
TECHNOLOGY AND THE
Referring to its technical and artistic significance, Al-Noor is an exceptional masterpiece made by Raffael Papian with the participation of the outstanding watchmaker Bernhard Lederer.
A true masterpiece that embodies a symbiosis of high technoilogy and the Arab-Muslim art: calligraphy, which is inexhaustible in its depth and strength, full of symbolic signs.
Mohamed Jamel Cherif, a Professor living in Neuchâtel Switzerland, president of the Cultural Association of Muslims there was directly involved in the project from the very beginning.
The starting point is with an unusual cube-shaped box, reminiscent of the Kaaba – the sacred edifice to all Muslims- and its special significance in Islam. Kaaba is a large cubic structure, located in the courtyard of Al-Haram in Mecca. Its Arabic name, which means “sacred house of God”, shows the importance and the role of the building in the Muslim history and culture. Kaaba is inextricably associated with two pillars of Islam: pilgrimage – the Hajj and the prayer, salat.
Raffael Papian is a well-known collector and a good friend many watch brands. He is famous among watch collectors world.
One of his significant projects was an opening of the unique Raff House, the historical heritage building with more than 250 years old, mansion which belonged many famous Russian noble Royal family, and completely renovated by Rafael Papian. The mansion became a modern house preserving all elements of its heritage.
The most privileged of the Raff House became memberships card allowing its guests to enjoy big high complication watch collection, those cards were selectively offered and gifted for people interested in and owning experience watches, as well as gourmets of high-class cuisine by Michelin Star’s chef- Française Hélène Darroze and one of the most famous Russian Chef- Anatoly Komm.
One of the most significant life-changing event in Raffael Papian carrier was cooperation with famous independent watchmaker Bernhard Lederer. Together they created Gagarin Tourbillion watch as well as Al- Noor Tourbillion.
Raffael Papian decided exclusively to concentrate on his own watch brand RaffaelPapian in 2017. Maestro Bernhard Lederer takes a complete responsibility for watch’s mechanisms. His name will be stamped on the reverse side of the watch as the sign of explicit Swiss quality.
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