Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry and perfume company in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, who has been creating watches and clocks since the 1970s, have made a special watch called the Midnight Planétarium that can accurately display the movement of 6 planets in our solar system as they orbit the Sun.
The Midnight Planétarium is an incredible feat of engineering, design and artistic craftsmanship. It consists of 396 pieces including precious stones dotting its surface. However, the watch displays 6 planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each of those 6 planets are represented by a precious or semiprecious stone selected to represent that planet’s color – serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, turquoise for Earth, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn. The two other planets in our solar system – Uranus and Neptune – were excluded because the lengths of their orbits would make their movements on the watch imperceptible and impractical. For your kind information, Uranus orbits the sun in 84 Earth years and Neptune makes the trip in 164.
The watchmakers took 3 years to completely make it. The watch costs $245,000. Here’s video of this watch.