The Midnight Planetarium watch aka the solar system watch is feat of engineering. With its stunning design and highly artistic craftsmanship, it can accurately display the movement of 6 planets in our solar system as they orbit the Sun. And yes, it also shows the time.
Each planet is presented in the form of a precious or semiprecious stone that represents that specific planet’s colour. For example, serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, turquoise for Earth, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn.
There is also a “lucky day” feature that uses the bezel to allow owners to select any day of the year as your “lucky day” and the Earth will then fall underneath the painted star on the watch’s crystal on that day every year.
Why only 6 planets, you would ask. The other two planets in our solar system that were excluded, have orbits too long that would make their movements on the watch almost imperceptible and impractical. Uranus orbits the sun in 84 years and Neptune, in 164.
Ast for the planets that are featured, they will make a full rotation on the watch as follows:
Mercury: every 88 days
Venus: every 224 days
Earth: every 365 days
Mars: every 687 days
Jupiter: every 12 years
Saturn: every 29 years
The solar system watch is a true feast for the eyes. It took 3 whole years of work to make it and it contains exactly 396 specific pieces. The price tag is one to match all this and by that we mean a staggering $245,000. But what is $245,000 when you can wear the solar system on your wrist and also tell time.
The watch was showed at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie by the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry and perfume company in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw. Vad der Klaauw habeen creating watches and clocks since the 1970s.