Sunday, May 20, 2012

Christiaan van der Klaauw Aquarius Planetarium

In an extravagant and bold segue from his Planetarium watch, touted as the world’s smallest functioning planetarium, Dutch watchmaker Christiaan Van Der Klaauw has combined with master-engraver Kees Engelbarts for a mashup of astrology with astronomy, resulting in the first of twelve pièce unique, the Aquarius Planetarium.

Based on the Planetarium, but really not resembling it at all, the Aquarius’ dial is dominated by an amazingly intricate depiction of this astrological sign in white gold. At 12 o’clock is the well-known planetarium, showing the cycles around the sun of the revolving Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

On the outer most ring of the planetarium are the astrological positions marked in black on a metallic finish base. At 5 o’clock is a matte finished sub dial identifying the month and the position of the sun. The time (hours, minutes, seconds) hands are carry on the matte theme, which means that they blend somewhat into the engraving work.

The 40mm platinum case has an open case back which reveals the 18k rotor hand-engraved by Jochen Benzinger. Each of the watches in the series will use the automatic CK1196 calibre movement with a built in planetarium module.

In total, there will be twelve of these timepieces, one for each zodiac sign. They come at a hefty €79,500 each (including taxes, if that makes a difference for you), and the remaining eleven will be made to order.  Will all twelve be ordered? It wouldn’t surprise me if they were.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the price of the ‘regular’ Planetarium, the current list price for the KPT1126 model is € 31.500.


1 comment:

felix said...

This looks amazing!