Created by Van Cleef & Arpels, this gem cost $ 245,000. As their motto says: The solar system is closer than you think
We all know the ingenious creation posed by smartwatches, as they make converge the power of modern technology with elegance.
However, this new invention, the Midnight Planetarium, watches takes 2.0 to a new universe, never better. Created by Van Cleef & Arpels in cooperation with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, this exquisite wristwatch goes beyond indicate the time or serve as a fashion accessory. According to its creators, “it offers the intriguing possibility of bringing the universe on your wrist.” Something unprecedented.
The rose gold watch consists of 396 tiny pieces and features a miniature replica of our solar system, integrating the Sun, a shooting star jeweled six planets, as each planet is represented by a precious or semiprecious stone. Mercury is made of serpentine; Venus, chloromelanite. Mars, so fashionable today, red jasper; Jupiter, blue agate; Saturn of sugilite. And finally, the Earth, represented by a beautiful turquoise.
In addition, each planet moves in its own speed record with its authentic, accurately representing the motion of the planets in their orbits around the sun. But it is not gold that glitters. Dutch watchmaker Van der Klaauw had to devote to the task for years, and the loading mechanism symbolizing the movement was one of the most expensive to carry out.
But what the hands of time? No, and that’s just for the shooting star, indicating the hours and minutes. And there’s a poetic detail that makes this watch an art performance is more a staple of everyday life.
A red arrow placed along the outer edge of Midnight Planétarium makes it possible to align with a desired date, for example, a birthday, anniversary or any other occasion. On this special day, the stone representing the Earth will align with a star that is engraved on the sapphire crystal. It is not just a technical marvel, but it gives this watch a more personal touch.
But the universe is not at hand. At least not for many. Bring your wrist Galaxy’s own cost: 245,000 dollars. As its motto: “The solar system is closer than you think.”