Since our first series of Top 15 Astronomical watches gauged a lot of eye balls, we decided it was not enough. So here is our second edition of our favorite Astronomical timepieces that will amaze the astronomer in you.
Martin Braun Selene FC Meteorite
The Selene is dominated by a photorealistc image of the moon, which has never been realized in the watch industry. This is just one of the main elements that differentiates it from a conventional moon phase display. The other main difference is that this timepiece can be worn for close to three generations before its realistic moon needs to be corrected. Thus, if this watch was to be kept wound for 122 and a half years, its moon phase display would deviate only by one day. Powered by an Automatic Martin Braun Caliber MAB 88 in-house movement and a 42 hour power reserve, the Selene makes an intriguing wear. The case is reasonably diametric at 44mm and is made up of 18 K rose gold/stainless steel.
Price - USD 16,500.
Christiaan van der Klaauw Planetarium watch
Christiaan van der Klaauw’s passion for the firmament reveals itself in an ode to the Planetarium and is one of the most famous creations of the master. The masterpiece is an ultimate demonstration of precision and traditional handwork. The watch is equipped with the smallest planetarium in the world and gives not only the time, date and Month, but also the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn around the Sun. At 40mm wide, the watches come in a few case styles, most of which being in 18k rose or white gold (platinum also available). The strap is made of Alligator leather and runs on a KB 12824-2 (modified ETA 2824-2) Movement.
Price - USD 22,300.
Romain - Jerome Moon Invader
If you loved the Moon Invader timepiece collection from RJ-Romain Jerome, then you will no doubt love the latest offering, the Moon Invader 40. Not failing to display the brands aesthetic sense and high-tech craftsmanship, this new offering dazzles you with its 40 mm case. The case made from steel and fragments from Apollo 11 has been designed to resemble a space vessel. The ball-and-socket joints on the four "corners” of the case are shaped like the pivoting "feet” of the lunar landing modules. Not just design elements, these joints hold the spring-bars of the leather straps and enable the watch to adapt to all wrist sizes. The inner bezel ring and the small seconds counter are satin-brushed and the cut-out hands are enhanced with Superluminova. The Moon Invader 40 runs on an RJ003-A Movement and functions at a frequency of 28,800 A/h. 40mm in diameter, the Invader consists of 30 jewels and a black PVD-coated screw-lock crown. Limited to only 1969 pieces, Romain Jerome has yet again exceeded all expectations.
Price - USD 17,200.
Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium
The Astrolabium Galileo Galilei is named after the device Astrolabium, and the astronomer Galileo. The Astrolabium displays local and solar time, the orbits and eclipses of the sun and the moon, and the positions of several major stars. It was named by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as the world's most-functional watch (with 21 distinct functions). Watchmaker Oechslin followed the Astrolabium with two other astronomical watches, the Planetarium Copernicus (1988; named after the stargazing theaters called planetariums and the astronomer Copernicus) and the Tellurium Johannes Kepler (1992; named after the element tellurium, and astronomer Johannes Kepler). The three pieces constitute what the brand calls the Trilogy of Time. Made in yellow gold with a crocodile skin strap, this 40mm case contains a sapphire glass and a white dial. A masterpiece by all astronomical means.
Price - USD 31,000.
Sapraneva Korona K3 Moon Watch
Sarpaneva Watches received the 2009 "red dot” award for the communication design created around this exceptional timepiece. Korona K3 Black Moon is the first mechanical wristwatch to indicate the invisible and ever mysterious new moon. Limited to 20 pieces, each watch is accompanied by a hand-bound book "Black is the Moon” which recountsa thousand year old legend of Lilith: the seductive temptress, who preys on unwitting men during the new moon. In black diamond stainless steel, the Korona K3 is 44mm in diameter and 9.6mm thick. A modified Soprod A10 Caliber and 42 hour power reserve powers the master-piece. The leather strap is available in a series of colors to choose from.
Price - USD 90,500.
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium J. Kepler
The time-telling device, whose name is inspired by Johannes Kepler, the 14th/15th-century astronomer who was among the first "scientists" to properly research and document the laws that govern the movement of the planets, works in quite a strange and unusual fashion. Thus, the watch rotates Earth in its true geographical shape seen from above the North Pole, with a flexible spring bending from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn to reveal the part of the Earth lit by the Sun and to indicate the time and place of sunrise and sunset. The timepiece has a 43-mm diameter and sports a platinum case, with a genuine enamel dial. Moreover, the movement is assured by a built-in UN-87 unit and the device is powered by self-winding, providing users with a 42-hour reserve.
Price - USD 118,000.
Geo-Graham The Moon Watch
The Graham celestial manual flying Tourbillon, called Geo.Graham The Moon, which features a perpetual moon retrograde function and limited to 20 pieces in all. Graham founder George Graham was a big fan of the Moon and spent a lot of time pondering over the universe. As a friend of the astronomers, he worked on Sir Newton’s theories of gravitation to elaborate very precise mechanisms combining the magic of the sky and watch making science. Geo.Graham The Moon is a celestial representation and pays tribute to the Graham tradition and heritage descending from George Graham who engraved his signature on each of his exclusive creations since 1695.The movement is coated in blue and encrusted with constellations of 45 diamonds (0.24 cts) such as Camelopardalis, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and at the centre becoming the North Star’s position. The Moon watch runs on a Calibre G1769, high precision mechanical movement and is 46mm in diameter; cased in 18K pink gold.
Price - USD 279,840.
Patek Philippe Celestial
The Patek Phillipe Grand Complication Celestial is an astronomical Grand Complication with many functions unique in a wristwatch.It displays the celestial covering over the northern hemisphere over the dial face, apparently matching the movement of the stars, and moon phases in a lunar cycle are shown in a smaller dial at the bottom of the blue face. This chart of the sky is a host of golden yellow stars on a dark blue background making a striking piece of art even for people with little astronomical knowledge.The Patek Philipp has a 44 mm diameter platinum case, a dark blue dial and a navy blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap functioned by its platinum deployment buckle. The watch's aesthetics comprise of 45 jewels, 12 bridges and 315 parts and is powered by a 240 LULCC Movement. A definite addition to the stargazer's collection.
Price - USD 324,000.
Van Cleef & Arpel's Timeless 'From the Earth to the Moon'
Van Cleef and Arnel’s bejeweled Timeless From the Earth to the Moon decor watch (above) pays tribute to the company’s expertise in haute joaillerie. To start off, the dial’s bezel is entirely set with diamonds, rigorously selected for their purity and carat size. Whereas the lower part of the dial is covered by mother-of-pearl inlay, the ‘rocket’ is conceived from an extravagant blend of gold, enamel, diamonds, spinel, spessartite garnet, citrine and moonstone. Housed in a white gold case, Timeless comes with a satin strap and is secured with a white gold pin buckle.Developed exclusively for VCA, the Poetic Complication From the Earth to the Moon is equipped with the unique retrograde module JLC 846 mechanical movement. The retrograde minutes and hour are indicated by the space capsule (upper right hand side of the dial) and star (left hand side of the dial) respectively.
Price - USD 325,000.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
This Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002P is special for a number of reasons. Other than being exceedingly rare, it is the most complex wrist watch ever made by Patek Phillipe. It actually has two faces; the front side is opaline white with small embossed Calatrava crosses and gold hour indicators. Complications there include a perpetual calendar, retrograde date, equation of time, time with hours and minutes, and the moon phase. Turn the watch around for a remarkable celestial view. There you have the sidereal time, a skychart showing the placement of the stars, phase and orbit of the moon, as well as a 24 hour hand. Patek Philippe's Sky Moon Tourbillon series has an up-market aesthetic with a platinum case and bazel, scratch-resistant sapphire and a Crocodile leather strap.
Price - USD 1.3 Million
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