Midnight Planetarium Watch Puts the Solar System on Your Wrist. This is So Cool!

The new Midnight Planetarium watch, a collaboration by designers Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw, may be the coolest timepiece you’re ever going to see. The watch’s innovative design allows you to take the solar system with you anywhere, along with a neat “lucky day” feature where on a preset day Earth falls below the painted star on the bezel. Containing 396 parts, the piece is adorned with precious and semi-precious stones representing the six planets closet to the Sun (Uranus and Neptune were not included due to the extreme length of time they take to rotate the Sun of 84 and 164 years, respectively).

Of the planets that are represented, the lengths of full rotation around the watch face are: Mercury, 88 days; Venus, 224 days; Earth, 365 days (I’m hoping you already knew that one); Mars, 687 days; Jupiter, 12 years; and Saturn, 29 years. Quite a long time to watch some stones moved around your wrist face, right? Well, you’ll want to keep the Midnight Planetarium around for a while to get your money’s worth — it checks in at an astronomical (yuk yuk yuk) $245,000!

Source: Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw via Twisted Sifter

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