The art deco Egyptian styling of the Shabaka belies an astonishing feat of micro-engineering including a minute repeater with cathedral gongs and an instantaneous perpetual calendar with an ingenious display of day, date, month, moon phases and leap-year cycle.

Shabaka, a watch that is so richly rendered yet simultaneously so subversively avant-garde that you will literally find yourself slackjawed looking
at it.
Wei Koh, Chief Editor Revolution magazine

The calendar indications use four cylinders rotated by their own transmission systems, each fitted with a security device to ensure precise calendar changes. The date, day and month all jump instantaneously around midnight.

The leap year is balanced on the dial by the phases of the moon. Black discs travel over the moon’s surface like the shadow of the earth, accurately eclipsing it to the left as it wanes, and revealing it from the right as it waxes. It deviates from the real moon by one day every 120 years.

The mainspring in an open barrel indicates power reserve against a scale and, thanks to the cathedral gongs, the melodic crystalline chimes of the minute repeater are considerably more powerful than most.

As with every Jean Dunand timepiece, each Shabaka is a unique piece.

Jean Dunand