India is a land known for absorbing many cultures into its own. A major component of Indian civilization is the rich Islamic tradition of art and architecture brought from Persia and Asia Minor. While the world was chasing India for its spices, craftsmen, artists and poets were bringing in the tapestry of geometric patterns and new skills from the Islamic world. The Jharokha line of watches weaves in this ancient Islamic tradition using frosted glass and detailing. I
If there is one image that has captured the beauty and romance of India for millions worldwide, it is the Taj Mahal. The monument of love, built under the reign of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz, is one of the seven wonders of the world. Mirroring the intricate details of the domed building, the construction of the Taj line has been equally painstaking. Made of mother of pearl, it makes full use of the symmetry which is a hallmark of Islamic art.
Titan Heritage also features younger monuments such as the Lakshmi Vilas Palace in Baroda and the Jantar Mantar. The latter is an astronomical structure built to track the movement of the stars and calculate the passing of time and is a fitting addition to the collection. Marrying both ancient and modern timepieces, the Jantar Mantar watches incorporate fine lines on the watch face and time markers on the case.
Drawing inspiration from the Lakshmi Vilas Palace
Each watch in the collection draws from a multi-faceted and layered history. Titan also attempts to use these ancient design methods as an inspiration to develop a sense of a modern Indian aesthetic, a visual that can grace wrists around the world.