Renowned international jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, in collaboration with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, has created one of the most amazing timepieces in the world. The “Midnight Planétarium” is an achievement of engineering and design that not only shows the time of day like a regular watch, but also accurately displays the movement of six planets in the solar system.
Each planet on the watch’s dial is portrayed by a semi-precious stone sphere – serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, turquoise for Earth, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn. Uranus and Neptune do not appear on the timepiece because their orbits could not practically be displayed alongside the others. The watch comprises 396 separate pieces and took three years to build.
The watch was presented to the public in Geneva at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogeri with a price tag of $245,000.