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Star watch: Midnight Planétarium from Van Cleef & Arpels

Star watch: Midnight Planétarium from Van Cleef & Arpels

Watching the rotation of five planets


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The latest design from Van Cleef & Arpels comes in the form of Midnight Planétarium – an impressive astronomical watch

Van Cleef & Arpels has revealed a beautiful astronomical watch, Midnight Planétarium, at Geneva's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.

As well as showing numerical time, the watch displays the rotation of five planets including Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Each of the featured planets are designed using precious and semi-precious stones, and cleverly rotate around the sun - which is placed in the centre of the watch - in the same time the planets they represent move in reality.

Denis Giguet, Van Cleef's master watchmaker, revealed that one of the biggest challenges in creating the watch was making the planets rotate correctly in such a small frame.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planétarium retails for $245,000.

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