Six Planets Orbit the Sun Inside This Innovative Watch

Midnight Plantarium is a spectacularly innovative watch design that allows you to wear a little piece of the Solar System on your wrist. Developed by Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, the intricate concept replaces hands of a watch with six tiny planets orbiting around a central rose gold Sun.

This stunningly rare device has a price tag of $245,000 with semiprecious stones representing Mercury (serpentine), Venus (chloromelanite), Earth (turquoise), Mars (red jasper), Jupiter (blue agate), and Saturn (sugilite). All of the stones rotate separately and at the same pace as the actual planets. In 88 days, Mercury will make a full lap around the face of the watch, while Venus requires 224 days and Earth takes a full year.

A shooting star indicates the hours and minutes and a “lucky day” feature allows owners to select a specific day of the year when the Earth will fall underneath the paint star on the face of the watch. The amazing design is a fancy and captivating way to keep track of time without forgetting the larger universe around us.

Van Cleef & Arpels website
Christiaan van der Klaauw website
via [TwistedSifter]

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