Introducing Aramedes, the company's journey from Zurich to Mecca

The company that combines Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship with advanced technology

 on April 8, 2016 over a lunch meeting in the a Restaurant in Zürich Pascal Stübi and Tom Morf discuss an idea of classic timepieces into the digital age, they said what if we take everything we love about Swiss watchmaking and advanced technology and combining them as only we can a mechanical movements, high tech, and classic design, all intelligently integrated to form a watch that is as beautiful as it is clever. The idea Building a bridge between different cultures The founders wanted to stir up the Swiss watch industry Accepting the technical challenge. 
The name of the company, Aramedes, originated from the founders' highest respect and appreciation for Islamic culture, which boasts a rich history and noteworthy achievements in literature, philosophy, science, medicine, mathematics, and art. The significance of sunrise and sunset as essential elements in the Muslim world is crucial for those who observe their spiritual and religious practices on a daily basis. Therefore, the meaning behind the name Aramedes is as follows:

Ara = Arabian Peninsula (the cradle of Islam)

Me = Mecca / Medina (the two holy cities)

Des = Design / Engineering / Switzerland

Aramedes offers two distinctive collections: the Mecca Collection and the Zürich Collection. While they may appear similar at first glance, one can easily differentiate between the two collections by examining the dial. In the Zürich Collection, the dial features the lion logo at 12 o'clock, a distinguishing characteristic absent in the Mecca Collection. This suite of watch features that push the industry in a new direction. The classically designed timepieces of the Mecca Collection feature three very special functions made possible only through our unprecedented combination of traditional mechanical watchmaking and advanced technology.

Mecca watches are crafted to support Muslims in the practice of their faith. These classically designed timepieces feature up to three very special functions: Qibla (Mecca compass) so Press the button at 2 o’clock and the watch will calculate and show you the direction to Mecca based on your current location. Salat (prayer time indicator) Set your prayer time convention and the Salat display will always show your next prayer time. The watch has an alarm function. When it is time, gentle vibrations will alert you. and Sawm (Ramadan fasting indicator) Depending on your location, the watch calculates sunrise and sunset and displays this information precisely on the 24 h display at 6 o’clock.

The correct display of these functions depends on the individual location and the position of the sun. This information cannot be displayed with a purely mechanical movement. Therefore, in addition to a classic mechanical movement, the watches in the Mecca Collection also contain an electronic component: The AraTec 1 Module developed and patented by Aramedes.

The patented AraTec 1 Module houses a magnetic compass, a BLE RISC processor, a three-axis accelerometer, a linear resonant actuator, a vibration module and up to three step motors. The perfect interaction with the mechanical movement results in the unique functionality of the Aramedes Mastertimer watches

Mecca collection shares the same case in Stainless steel, bronze or platinum, 42 mm diameter, 15.6 mm height, a curved caseback, and mushroom pushers. It all adds up to simple beauty and refined elegance Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, 30 meters water resistance. the crown decorated with the lion logo the famous logo of Zurich city, while the case back is decorated with an arabic geometrical pattern. 

The mecca collection watches feature 3 dials colors, you can configure your watch as you like between green, grey and silver color, the sub dials and hands also will change following the color you pick.

Mastertimer Qibla edition features Hours, minutes, seconds, Qibla Indicator, This watch is the actual meaning of a clever traditional Swiss watch, It shows the Qibla at 6 o’clock - the direction to Mecca any time and anywhere in the world to perform the daily Prayers. 

Press the button at 2 o’clock to activate the indicator The hand at 6 o’clock sweeps back and forth a few times It then turns in the direction of Mecca.

Mastertimer Salah edition features Hours, minutes, seconds, Qibla Indicator (Mecca compass), Salah Indicator (Prayer time Your full Muslim routine assistant.

The 24 h indicator at 6 o’clock shows sunrise and sunt set This information depends on your location and is calculated by the watch, Qibla indicator at 3 o’clock, Salah indicator at 9 o’clock

Mastertimer Sawm edition features Qibla Indicator (Mecca compass), Sawm indicator (Fasting time), Salah Indicator (Prayer time), Hours, minutes, seconds.

display at 9 o’clock shows the beginning of the next prayer time. When it’s time, a soft vibration alarm goes on. • The alarm can be turned on an off by pushing the pusher at 4 o’clock • The hands stay for 15 minutes at the current prayer time, then move on to the next prayer time • Set your prayer time convention in the Aramedes Master-timer App • Qibla indicator at 3 o’clock

This three-edition powered by Sellita SW300 Automatic, specially configured for Aramedes, Automatic, self-winding, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 42 hours power reserve, 25 jewel, plus the company AraTec 1 Module, 3 step motors, Bluetooth Low Energy. 

Mastertimer Salah Tourbillon Automatic edition features Qibla Indicator (Mecca compass), Salah Indicator (Prayer time), Hours, minutes, 60-second tourbillon

powered by Vaucher VMF 3024, Automatic flying tourbillon with 22K gold rotor, titanium cage, twin barrels, Automatic, self-winding, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 50 hours power reserve, 33 jewels, AraTec 1 Module, 2 step motors, Bluetooth Low Energy.

The Zurich Collection

Features the same case but thinner with just 13,6 mm, the same Dial and same choices of color, but the Mouvement here do not include an AraTec 1 Module. 

Classic timer Small Second edition features only Hours, minutes, small seconds and powered by Sellita SW461, Automatic, self-winding, 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4Hz), 41 hours, power reserve, 31 jewels.

Classic timer Chronograph features Hours, minutes, and small second at 9 o'clock, 60 seconds counter in the center, 30 minutes counter at 3 o'clock. powered by Sellita SW510, Automatic chronograph, two push-buttons, Automatic, self-winding, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 48 hours power reserve, 27 jewels.

Classic timer Tourbillon Automatic edition features Hours, minutes, 60-second tourbillon. Powered by Vaucher VMF 3024 caliber, Automatic flying tourbillon with 22K gold rotor, titanium cage, twin barrels, Automatic, self-winding, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 50 hours power reserve, 33 jewels.

The watches feature different straps as you prefer from stainless steel bracelet to rubber to suede leather strap. every watches comes inside a recyclable box decorated with a pattern Inspired by the Coat of Arms of Zürich and Mashrabiyas.

For more information please visit Aramedes official website.