3D view of the Midnight Planétarium timepiece, Poetic Complications™ collection
Van Cleef & Arpels turns its gaze to the heavens and gives pride of place to a captivating chapter in its watchmaking history: Poetic Astronomy®. In keeping with one of the Maison’s cherished sources of inspiration, planets and constellations appear in enchanting guise to evoke voyages and dreams.
With the Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication™ timepiece, the Maison achieved its dream of reducing the scale of the heavens to the dimensions of a wristwatch. Six years after the launch of the Lady Arpels Day and Night model, it once again celebrates celestial orbits by drawing inspiration from the historic tradition of planetariums, much in vogue in the 18th century.
Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication™ timepiece
Time and the astral bodies:
This new Poetic Complication timepiece provides a miniature representation of the movement of six planets around the sun and their position at any given time : Earth and Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – all visible from Earth with the naked eye.
Telling the time is a simple question of observing the pink gold shooting star, a cherished lucky motif for the Maison. Located at the outer edge of the dial, it completes its circuit in 24 hours.
Using a rotating bezel, the watch’s owner can choose the day of his choice as his lucky day by positioning a red triangle against a graduated calendar. On that date, the Earth will move to a position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal, as a sign of good luck.
Aventurine dials showcasing six planets rotating around the sun
The Maison has applied its jewelry-making expertise to depicting the planets with a selection of hard stones: turquoise for the Earth, serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn.
Intricately sculpted by hand into spheres of different dimensions and colors, they are positioned round a sun in pink gold. Each of these elements, along with the shooting star in pink gold, is fixed on its own aventurine disc.
Painstaking attention has been given to selecting the stones, then sculpting the discs and spheres in order to give form to this animated tableau, with its combination of jewelry and watchmaking savoir-faire.
Graduated calendar assembling / Casing movement with the oscillating weight
A complex movement:
Planets are set in motion thanks to a self-winding mechanical movement of great complexity: equipped with an exclusive module developed in partnership with the MaisonChristiaan van der Klaauw, it contains 396 separate parts.
The movement of each planet is true to its genuine length of orbit: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will take almost 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.
On the back of the watch, the oscillating weight is engraved with a starry composition. The day, month and year can be set using two push buttons and viewed through two apertures on the dial.