Astronomical Watch Accurately Shows The Solar System’s Movements On Your Wrist

Published 10 years ago

Midnight Planétarium  is a luxuriuos masterpiece of science and design – a watch that shows 6 planets from the Solar system rotating around the Sun in their actual pace. The creation of this spectacular device took 3 whole years of work and 396 separate pieces – which is why it costs $245,000.

The planets are represented with tiny precious and semiprecous stones: Mercury (serpentine), Venus (chloromelanite), Earth (turquoise), Mars (red jasper), Jupiter (blue agate), and Saturn (sugilite). 2 planets from the Solar System were not included given the pace of their rotation around the Sun pace, which would hardly be noticeable within a human lifetime: it takes over 84 years for Uranus and 164 years for Neptune to complete full revolutions!

This astonishing piece was presented to the public this month at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva by Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw.

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