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Top 15 Astronomical Watches in the Universe
By Romit Jethwaney — September 15, 2014
 
Movado Red Label Skymap

Movado Red Label Skymap

Movado crafted designer watches that grabbed your attention for the bare minimum features associated with their creations. With the latest creation from their stable, they have upped the ante by a couple of notches. Movado crafted designer watches that grabbed your attention for the bare minimum features associated with their creations. You must be familiar with their watches that have only a single marking at 12 O’ clock position. With the latest creation from their stable, they have upped the ante by a couple of notches.The new Movado Red Label Skymap showcases the night sky of Switzerland seen on summer night. The dial is depicting the beauty of the Swiss sky without losing any of its features.Movado Red Label Skymap’s watch case is 42 mm in size. Stainless steel with black PVD coating is used to give the case a rough and tough look. This Movado certainly has a style that is suited for a person with a certain level of elegance. The combo of black case, black dial and black alligator straps is a killer combination and is totally delivering what the designers hoped to achieve. 

Price - USD 4000.

Schaumburg Moon Galaxy

Schaumburg Moon Watch

The Moon Galaxy is a mechanical high-tech lunar-phase-watch of the superlative. It´s display is luminesce, patented and depicts the lunar cycle of the northern and southern hemisphere realistic like a photograph with a maximum divergence of only one day in 122 years.The phases of the moon have always been a topic for Schaumburg Watch: With an aim to integrate a more realistic lunar-phase-chronometer with most precise functionality into a wrist watch. The fotorealistic depiction of the Moon Galaxy with its 13.4 mm is ought to be the world´s biggest lunar-phase-chronometer that you can find in an automatic watch. Thereby not the depiction of the moon itself moves but the simulation of the earth shadow. Therefore the moon stays visible like in a starlit night even when it is new moon. During full moon its small image on the display shines like its big paragon because of the Superluminova A-Grade luminous mass. The bezel is designed in the form of a crescent moon which also protects it from scratches. 

Price – USD 6,500.

Magellan Astro 

Magellan Astro

Magellan Watch is named after Ferdinand Magellan (1479-1521). This great navigator and explorer embarked on a daring expedition that has become known as the first circumnavigation of the world.Exploring the planets gravitating within the solar system naturally led towards an eminently emotional field: that of astrology. On the Astro watch by Magellan, this set of traditions and beliefs is depicted on the central globe through the sun and stars, and on the dial inscribed with the zodiac signs. 43.55 mm in diameter, the Astro Watch is protected by a PVD coating with the crown integrated into the dial at 3 o’ clock. An ETA self winding movement is able to tolerate upto 30 meters of under water pressure. Not to mention the Black ostrich leather strap with pushpiece-operated double folding clasp. 

Price – USD 7000.

Azimuth Spaceship PVD

Azimuth

Azimuth SP-1 Mechanique concept watch. Nicknamed the spaceship watch with a rendition of Earth, a globular decorative feature that makes one rotation every 60 seconds. The Azimuth Spaceship watch comes with a jumping hour dial that makes up the body of a stylized, skeleton rocketship.The nose of the ship functions as the minute hand, while a rotating image of the earth doubles as a seconds indicator.The face of this unusual watch is studded with tiny lights that represent the night sky. A jumping hour display powered by a Unitas 6497 movement finely finished in Cotes de Geneve stripes, a rotating disc, framed by the short end of the 3-dimensional minute hand, is a jumping hour complication. The broad minute hand comes finished with a skeletonized outline that resembles a space shuttle hurtling across the universe.

Price - USD 7,600.

Linde Werdelin – Oktopus II

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II

Individually crafted in titanium with a satin finish and a black ceramic bezel to offer superb scratch resistance, the Oktopus II Moon features the first in-house complication entirely conceived, developed and produced by Linde Werdelin.Oktopus II Moon’s complication displays the existing phase of the moon on its dial, just as you see it in the sky. As the moon moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, more of its surface is illumined.. The case back is finely engraved with an octopus drawing created by Morten Linde. The crown carries an engraved octopus symbol. A series of 59 pieces, starting with 47 pieces in titanium black DLC and ceramics. 

Price – USD 13,500

Romain Jerome – Moon Dust

Romain Jerome

Romain Jerome are known for their unique and diverse creations, mostly inspired from nature and the like. They chose the Moon as a concept idea and made 1,969 watches for the ‘Moon Dust – DNA’ collection - matching the year of Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's first journey to the moon.The watches' dials, which feature tiny craters, have dust in them from the moon rock that was taken from the first visit to the Earth's satellite. Steel from the Apollo 11 space shuttle is used for the case and the strap is made up of fibres from a spacesuit worn during the ISS mission. Even the hands of the watches are designed to replicate Sputnik's antennas.PVD case protected, the Moon Dust collection is powered by their Mechanical Self Winding Movement. A 46mm dial containing moon dust with a Hornback crocodile strap. 

Price – USD 15,700.

Arnold & Son – True Moon

Arnold & Son - True Moon

The True Moon timepiece features the world's first mechanism capable of providing a realistic view of the phases of the moon as we see them in the northern hemisphere with a deviation of just one day in 125 years. This unprecedented feat was achieved by using the synodic month of 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes - the time between successive recurrences of the same phase - as a basis for calculation.Made in an 18 carat rose gold case, the True Moon is 46mm in diameter coated with cambered sapphire on both sides. The timepiece has a A1788 Caliber self winding movement with a 42 hour power reserve and perpetual moon cycle at the 6 o’clock position. 21 jewels spread across the dial depicting a universal effect. The strap is hand-stitched and made of blue alligator leather.  

Price – USD 26,500.

Sapraneva MoonShine

Sapraneva

The new Sarpaneva Moonshine watch is a moon interpretation that’s more sculptural and bold than previous models, with a subtle yet clearly visible luminescent moon phase display.The Sarpaneva Moonshine is in stainless steel, 18-carat red or white gold also available with a DLC black case. With a diameter of 42 mm and 10.2 mm thick this watch wears very comfortably.In the aperture below the big moon, the hour disk and moon phase disk are visible. The movement’s mainplate is modified to incorporate phases of the moon function. The stainless steel moon phase wheel with luminous section that represents the moon’s position rotates every 29.5 days.Sapraneva is known to be one of the best moon phase watch makers in the world. 

Price – USD 31,000.

Christiaan van der Klaauw Real Moon

7. Christiaan van der Klaauw Real Moon

With the Real Moon series Christiaan van der Klaauw Astronomical Watches presents several masterpieces with a three-dimensional miniature Moon at the 6 o’clock position as a unique complication.Each Real Moon watch displays the current phase of the moon by means of a rotating moon. It takes the moon 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes (29,530,589 days) to rotate around the Earth.The complication in the Real Moon Joure deviates from this by only 1 day in every 11,000 years, which makes it one of the most accurate mechanical moon phases ever made. 

Price – USD 55,000.

Ulysse Nardin – MoonStruck

Ulysse Nardin – MoonStruck

It is believed that the MoonStruck is the most polished and refined of the Ulysse Nardin celestial watch collection yet - even though it is not the most ambitious in terms of the information it displays. A diameter of 46mm, cased in 18K red gold case and with a hand painted earth on mother of pearl dial, the timepiece makes complicated, simple. A self-winding UN-106 movement with indication of position of Sun and Moon in relation to Earth, moon phases, hours and minutes and an instant time zone adjuster with patented quick setting device. The MoonStruck has approximately 50 hours of power reserve and a leather strap with folding buckle.It comes in a limited edition of 500 pieces in 18k red gold, and 500 pieces in platinum. 

Price – USD 66,000.

Thierry Fischer Black Hole

Black Hole

Thierry Fischer already designs for Invicta, Milus, Breitling, Bentley, Technomarine, Audemars Piguet and many brands to come.  This "object designer" presents this unprecedented "Black Hole" Tourbillon timepiece with a deliciously attractive dial. As implied in the name, this watch design – 6 months to imagine- is inspired by space and in particular black holes.The Tourbillon is intended to mimic a nebula and the three outer rings represent hours and minutes and have been designed to echo a vortex like shape. Seconds are indicated by a transparent disc with white star-like points. The entire effect is intended to visually reflect a blackhole.

Price - Undisclosed.

MB & F Moonmachine

MB&F Moonmachine

Moonmachine by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva is the first of the MB&F Performance Art pieces by a watchmaker – and the first to endow a Horological Machine with a new complication.To create Moonmachine, Stepan has reconfigured HM3 Frog by 90° and added his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator complication set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.Based on Stepan’s own face, the phase of the moon is displayed through a signature Korona-shaped aperture, while the mystery winding rotor takes the form of a steel and 22k gold disc with laser-pierced stars forming constellations visible in the northern sky. Moonmachine is available in three limited editions of 18 pieces each: titanium case with white gold moon faces in a light blue sky, black titanium case with white gold moon faces in a dark blue sky and red gold case with red gold moon faces in an anthracite sky.

Price - USD 98,000.


Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod

Konstantin Chaykin is a renowned Russian watchmaker. Each of his timepieces has something innovative about it. He always develops something completely unprecedented rivaling his own mastery and creativity with each new watch.The watch’s exotic sounding name Lunokhod is in fact also the name of the first lunar rover to land on the Moon. That was quite an event, wasn’t? And the watch is well worth being named in honor of it.The massive 50 mm case is made of wootz which in terms of its characteristics closely resembles Damascus steel which is used for swords and knife blades. To keep up with this extraordinary design the hours and minutes are also indicated in an unusual way – with the help of a semi-circle scale and instead of hour and minute hands there is a little moving sun and a little moving moon while the seconds are shown by a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. All this is set in motion with a unique caliber developed and patented by Konstantin Chaykin. The watch strap is made of high-quality ostrich leather. 

Price – USD 100,000.

Cyrus Mars



History tells us that in 539 B.C, Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon (one of the most important city back then). The brand Cyrus tells us that after seeing the Ziggurat (The Sumerian believed that is  was the temple of the foundation of heaven and earth), a 91 meters high tower, Cyrus the Great told to his most trusted general Harpagus: "That will be our next conquest”. The 366 components movement has been entirely made in Switzerland by Chronode (Jean-Francois Mojon company) and features three different complications with two worldwide patents. The time function is linear and represented by a single 3 dimensional retrograde hand. The hand retrograde from 12 o’clock to 12 o’clock and at 6 p.m it rotates on itself to display an day/night indication (white/red). The time is read from left to right, starting from the hours to the minutes and finally the seconds. This time complication has been worldwide patented.This timepiece is available in two limited edition of 66 pieces.

Price - USD 125,000.

Moon Dust Hannibal Lecter Tourbillon

Romain Jerome Moon

Nations have fought to be the first ones there; generations have been fascinated by it. Majestic intriguing with colors ever changing, many have stared at it in wonder but few have ever been close. Using authentic and certified elements of moon dust, fragments of the Apollo XI, fibers from an International Space Station spacesuit and Moon Silver, this collection celebrates the Moon itself and the achievements of all those who have conquered space. Using technical brilliance and highly innovative materials, Romain Jerome has adopted a revolutionary approach with the collection.  Infused by key elements of lunar landings, the Moon Dust collection combines authentic material with RJ expertise. Steel and carbon fibers from the actual Apollo XI spacecraft are incorporated into the stunning case. Authentic Moon dust is combined with natural pigments to give the dial the nuances and hues that adorn the Moon, fibers from a spacesuit are carefully woven into the crocodile leather strap. The design of the dial echoes the journey, inspired by spacecraft solar panels and the landing target. Romain Jerome Moon-DNA Moon Dust Hannibal Lecter Watch, unique piece, round PVD coated steel case (46mm diameter) with carbon fibre and PVD bezel with parts of Apollo 11  in a crocodile leather strap woven with carbon fibre from an ISS spacesuit.

Price - USD 150,000.


 
 
 
 
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