Van Cleff & Arpels’ new timepiece depicts the solar system’s complete movement.
Stealing the spotlight at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie exhibition, Van Cleff & Arpels revealed an impressive timepiece that tells not only time, but also the planetary rotations of our solar system. The “Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium” watch replaces the minute and hour hands with a set of six planets, referencing the recent trend of alternative timekeeping methods like a watch that tells the time using scents.
Telling time with this watch can be somewhat of an eyestrain, especially considering the tiny shooting star that indicates every passing minute rotates along the outmost area of the face. While the shooting star’s full rotation represents the conclusion of one day, the five other planet’s rotation around the sun might take a bit longer than expected – Mercury in 88 days, Venus in 224, Earth in a year, Mars in 687 days, Jupiter in 12 years and Saturn in 29.
The mechanical structure of the Midnight Planétarium is assembled with 396 delicate pieces. Tiny precious and semi-precious gemstones are used to represent each of the planets. A black alligator leather strap complements the watch’s luxury feel.
As beautiful as the watch is, its steep price tag of $245,000 will have most of us appreciating from afar. But if you are looking to add this timeless classic to your collection, it will be available later in the year.