What Time Of The Solar Year Do You Call This?


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The Midnight Planetarium Timepiece (don’t call it a watch) by Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan Van Der Klaauw features six ‘planets’ made of semi-precious stones.

The ‘planets’ rotate according to their actual solar years: Mercury goes round every 88 days, Venus: every 224 days, Earth: every 365 days, Mars: every 687 days, Jupiter: every 12 years and Saturn: every 29 years.

Uranus and Neptune are excluded because they take so long (84 and 164 years respectively) to orbit the sun, they would appear stationary on the dial.

Choose your lucky day and the Earth will align with the painted star to signify it.

Unveiled at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva after three years of development, the timepiece is available to buy for a mere €180,000 and charge.


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