Context & Challenge  

Swiss-based clock manufacturer IPTEQ invited Pilotfish to develop, design and engineer their next generation of prayer time clocks for private use and installation in mosques. The clocks were to represent the new modernising trends in Muslim societies and have a sophisticated appeal while preserving a timeless character reminiscent of Islamic tradition and culture.

Muslim prayer times are calculated according to the position of the sun. They differ every day depending on the geographical location and season, which is why accuracy is highly important for a prayer clock.

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Design Process 

The early phases of the design process consisted in research, including the study of literature on Islamic history, science, art and architecture, as well as a documentation trip to Istanbul, a visit of the Islamic Art Museum and user observation in mosques.

Familiar Islamic symbols such as the Minaret and the Astrolabe were used as inspiration in order to enhance the connection with the Muslim tradition and also convey the aspect of a high-precision instrument.

Verification and Validation 

The development phase consisted of multiple steps starting with several 1:1 scale intermediary mock-ups and following with a working prototype. In the final step a mini-series of working devices was produced and delivered to the client.

Pilotfish also designed the user interface and the entire menu structure of the remote control.

Final Design 

The product family consists of two distinct models, one destined to use at home and the other one in mosques, both being operated by the same remote controller. They have an integrated GPS system that automatically identifies their location worldwide to convey the precise time zone and location relative to Mecca.

The Home Model consists of seven rings, two displaying the actual time and date and the other five corresponding to the five daily prayers. Upon a prayer time approaching, the corresponding ring lights up to inform the users and prepare them for the event.

The Mosque Model uses the metaphor of an astrolabe has two reading modes, one from a distance and a second one, more accurate, visible from up close, on the digital display.