The very first collection: Arabia ⌚️
The idea was to create a product which will not only look good but also educate our customers.
As I began developing the watches I thought about the numerals I wanted to launch my product with. The very first numerals I wanted to launch The Pluralist with. It was a tough decision because there were so many languages to choose from.
The very first watch collection had to be unique, attractive and at the same time educational. After staring at the world map for a very long time I said they should be the Arabic Numerals. You ask why?
The Eastern Arabic numerals also called Arabic–Indic numerals are the symbols used to represent the Hindu–Arabic numeral system.
These Arabic — Indic numerals or European digits are the ten digits: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, based on the Hindu–Arabic numeral system, the most common system for the symbolic representation of numbers in the world today. The symbol for zero is the key to the effectiveness of the system, which was developed by ancient mathematicians in the Indian subcontinent around AD 500.
The system was adopted by Arab mathematicians in Baghdad and passed on to the Arabs farther west. There is some evidence to suggest that the numerals in their current form developed from Arabic letters in the Maghreb, the western region of the Arab world. The current form of the numerals developed in North Africa, distinct in form from the Indian and eastern Arabic numerals. It was in the North African city of Bejaia that the Italian scholar Fibonacci first encountered the numerals; his work was crucial in making them known throughout Europe and then further to the Europeans who spread it worldwide.
Isn’t this fascinating? It took people from all over the world to come together, exchange ideas and knowledge and only then were we able to create the ten digits we take for granted today.
This chronicle of the modern numerals inspired us to launch our very first collection, ‘The Arabia’.