The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built in 1648 by the Muslim Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, which means “Jewel of the Palace” in Persian.
A jewel of Mughal architecture, its style combines Islamic, Iranian, Ottoman and Indian influences.
For its construction, more than 1,000 elephants are said to have used to transport white marble from Rajasthan, jasper from Punjab, turquoise from Tibet … In total, 28 types of fine and ornamental polychrome stones were used for the stone inlays in the white marble.
An elaborate miniature painting graces the white marble dial. It depicted the architectural details of the Taj Mahal, including the slightly bulbous central dome.
The turquoise part evokes the water of one of the garden’s canals.
47mm 18K Rose Gold hand-engraved.
Unique Piece, Number 01/01
A polished and rhodium-plated grid is affixed to the dial. It gives the work a depth effect and is adorned with ornamental motifs reminiscent of the moucharabieh windows found in traditional architecture.
The case is hand-engraved with ornamental representations of the Taj Mahal and Indian mandala patterns, complemented by an engraving of a Mughal motif on the bezel.