If you’ve ever gazed towards the heavens and marveled at the stars and constellations, this watch is more than likely to amaze and astound you. The simply stunning Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium is an absolutely wonderful example of perfect showmanship, exquisite engineering and technological brilliance.
Crafted for luxury jewellery makers Van Cleef & Arpels’ by Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, the elaborate watch features the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, which are positioned exactly as they would be in the sky.
The planets rotate around a rose coloured gold sun, denoting a watch’s normal hands, in order to tell the time.
The planets are crafted using different precious gems and stones, and as such, the watch costs a staggering £150,000, but they are only available as a limited edition, with an estimated 396 constructed in the world.
The Earth rotates around the sun in one year or 365 days, whilst Mercury makes the same journey in 88 days, Venus takes 224, and Saturn (the farthest planet from the sun in the watch) takes an extraordinarily long 29.5 years.
The watch features a rotating outer gold ring, which allows the wearer to pick a special day when the earth moves under a particular star, made from a sapphire crystal.
Each planet is crafted using a special semiprecious stone, and the discs are made from polished aventurine.
The earth is made using turquoise, mercury is serpentine, Mars is made using red jasper, Saturn is sugilite, Venus is chloromelanite and Jupiter is blue agate. The watch contains 396 moving parts, all expertly crafted, and costs a whopping $245,000 (£147,800) with a diamond version priced at $330,000 (£199,600).
Anyone interested in purchasing one of the Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium watches should make enquiries to Van Cleef & Arpels’.