Astronomy being the oldest science is a vast field and only two series of Astronomical watches is not enough to quench an astronomy enthusiast's thirst. So here is our third exclusive edition of the Top Astronomical watches in the world.
Schaumburg Moon Watch
Schaumburg moon watch is one of the most accurate moon phases watch available in the market with the deviation of one day in 122.5 years and displays the lunar cycle of the northern as well as the southern hemisphere. The moon has very important role in the lives of earthlings and a special control over the waters of the earth. This watch tries to bring the moon to your wrist. The photo-realistic replica of the moon is without doubt the biggest moon phase chronometer available in an automatic watch. At the time of full moon, the moon shines on the dial with all its might because of the Superluminova A-Grade luminous mass. The interesting feature about this watch is that unlike other moon phase indicating watches the moon on the dial doesn’t move, instead the position of the moon is shown by the shadow of the earth falling on it. The dial features textured sand blasted and power-coated brass. The seconds indicator is designed to resemble a shooting star. The diameter of the watch is 43mm and the bezel is designed in a special crescent form to prevent scratches. Schaumburg has captured the awe-inspiring night sky in a stainless steel case and uses an automatic SW-11 movement.
Price – USD 5,500.
Romain Jerome Moon Dust Watch
The Moon Dust-DNA collection is inspired by the conquests of man in outer-space. The Moon Dust is composed of fragments from the moon that the Apollo XI brought back. The dial is made up of ochre mineral containing moon dust and the bezel is composed of Carbon fiber and steel from the Apollo XI itself. The hour and minute indicating hands take inspiration from the solar panels in space-crafts whereas the seconds indicator resembles the landing target. The
watch operates on a mechanical self-winding movement. Moreover the Alligator leather strap is partly woven with fibers from an ISS Space Suit The dial is structured in a way to give a moon-like surface texture, filled with craters. The diameter of the watch is 46mm and is a limited edition collection, only 1969 pieces available.
Price – USD 15,000.
Martin Braun Heliocentric Watch
As the name suggests the Martin Braun Heliocentric watch is based on Copernicus’ Heliocentric universe that explains the position of the sun i.e., in the center and the planets revolving around it. The steel blue color of the watch’s dial gives it a sky-like appearance. This fully automatic watch features a sun wheel in the center of the dial that turns twice a year and is surrounded by a blue earth in an elliptical orbit also acting as a month indicator. There is a sub-dial at 5 o'clock that serves the purpose of a zodiac calendar. The dial is also encrusted with diamonds forming the shapes of the major constellations namely: Ursa Major, the Orion and the Hunter. There is a window at the 12 o'clock position that shows the date.
Price – USD 16,800.
Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels are legendary jewellery watch makers who create exquisitely unique complications in a timepiece. They excel in "poetic complications” which are far away from usual chronographs, dual time zones and alarms. The Midnight in Paris watch is a little gateway to the universe with a little magic right from the City of Lights. The Midnight blue aventurine dial has glittering stars resembling the mesmerizing view of Midnight sky in Paris. The rotating dial ensures their barely-perceptible rotation over a cycle of 365 days, thus revealing the exact night sky every day. The constellations on a given day are revealed in the circular aperture in the lower portion of the dial. The back of the 41mm 18K rose gold cover has a calendar surrounded by a genuine meteorite from over 4.5 billion years ago. It uses a specially developed Swiss mechanical movement, equipped with 24 jewels and is beating at 28,800 alt / hour with 40 hour power reserve. The back is an officer style, where the cover opens to reveal the calendar, which enables to set the accurate date. This astronomical watch will definitely bring "a piece of sky” on one’s wrist.
Price – USD 63,000.
Chopard L.U.C. Lunar One Watch
The Chopard L.U.C. Lunar One is a perpetual calendar with an orbital moon phase display. The moon phase display is positioned at 6 o'clock and exhibits the phases of the moon in an ingenious and unique manner with the precision of deviation of one day in 122 years. Unique because inside the small seconds sub-dial the moon rotates around an axis and hence it’s called orbital moon phase display. Time is displayed in the traditional format but the numbers are replaced by Roman numerals. The watch has two additional sub-dials excluding the moon phase indicator; the one at 3 o'clock indicates months and leap years and the one at 9 o'clock displays days of the week and also acts a 24-hour indicator. Also at 12 o'clock two windows display the date. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and is fitted with a hand-stitches black Alligator strap. The diameter of the watch is 43mm the case is made of 18K rose gold and has a 70-hour power reserve. The Lunar One uses automatic self-winding COSC movement which comprises of 32 jewels and the dial is silver-toned and satin brushed.
Price – USD 63,600.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial Watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre brings to you a piece of the vast, unending sky with the Rendez-Vous Celestial watch. The hour numerals are displayed on a crescent made of a hand-guilloche and transparent blue lacquer coating. The brim of the dial has beautifully encrusted diamonds and the two crowns are embellished with inverted diamonds. Beneath the hour crescent is the prized lapis lazuli plate creating a replica of the be-dazzled night sky. Oh the dial there is also a shooting star serving the purpose of a time-customizing device through a secondary crown. The rendezvous with the night sky is arranged in an 18K white gold case and has a breathtaking ricochet effect. The
mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 809, rotates the star
disc gradually and completes one rotation in every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4
seconds. The watch also has a zodiac calendar display on the dial that shows the position of important constellations throughout the year.
Price – USD 65,000.
Ulysse Nardin Planetarium Copernicus Watch
Ulysse Nardin Planetarium Copernicus is a watch that brings Ptolemy’s geocentric universe and Copernicus’ heliocentric universe together. According to Copernicus’ universe the sun is placed in the center of the dial and concentric circles flowing out of it. Each circle is representative of the ancient planets viz. Mercury, Venus, Earth and its Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The Earth is the center of Ptolemy’s universe and has numerous lines coming out of it. The position of the Earth implies the month of the year and the outer ring on the dial represents the particular sun-sign period the Earth is in. The detailing is so precise that The Earth is designed to spin on an in order to make the revolution of the moon visible. The hour and minutes’ hands in gold against the blue dial make reading time easy and legible. These two universes are captured in an 18K yellow gold case with the case diameter of 42mm. The watch uses a fully automatic movement, UN 80 Calibre and is water resistant to 30 meters and comes with a Black Leather strap.
Price – USD 73,500.
De Bethune-DB25 Tourbillon Regulator Watch
De Bethune is immensely popular for astronomical timepieces, and the Denis Flageollet designs are out of this world. The DB25 Tourbillon Regulator with Dead Seconds is another feather in the hat. The classical masterpiece draws its inspiration from vintage pocket watches. A sandblasted sterling silver chapter ring with Roman numerals and the Breguet hands on a 44mm hand polished titanium dial is an elegant and refined feel. The trademark De Bethune flame blued titanium sky dial, set with white solid gold stars recreates a stunning night sky effect. It can be custom made to be the night sky of any place, at any time in history. The dial is slightly concave in the middle and convex on the outer ring to enhance the mesmerizing sight of a nocturnal sky. The cutaway window at 12’ o'clock is the 5 day power reserve indicator. The movement visible over the back of the watch seems to be very Star Trekkin which is totally unique. The bridge is the familiar De Bethune shape, but the dead seconds mechanism adds an escape wheel with impressive movements and gorgeous to "watch”. This brilliant, functional, and drop-dead beautiful timepiece, will surely to make horology enthusiasts weak in the knees.
Price – USD 90,000.
Jean Dunand Tourbillon Orbital
Jean Dunand Tourbillon Orbital is a watch that took Christophe Claret two years to make. The show stealer is the one-minute flying tourbillon that circles the dial once every hour. It also has a power reserve indicator on the side starting from 2 o'clock and extending up to 4 o'clock and provides a power reserve of 110 hours. Once turned upside down, the moon phase indicator made in 18K gold, situated away from everyone’s eyes can be seen positioned at 9 o'clock Next to the moon phase indicator is the winding mechanism. The indicating hands, contrived of 18K gold resemble skyscrapers and have a very elegant aura. The diameter of the watch is 45mm and is water resistant up to 30 meters. The watch uses a manually
wound rotating movement, Calibre IO200 and is available in three case variants: platinum, 18K rose gold and white gold white matching buckle.
Price – USD 376,000.
De Bethune – DB16 Régulateur Tourbillon
De Bethune is one of the best, when it comes to poetic executions of classic complications. Better and More is the word defined for their latest offering the DB 16 Tourbillon Regulator. It takes time keeping to astronomical heights by integrating a perpetual calendar in their signature three-dimensional moon-phase terrene with a retrograde setting scale, as well as their brilliant movement architecture and deadbeat seconds. The DB16 utilizes an architecture which makes their movements just as beautiful as the dial-sides of their watches. There is also a De Bethune signature, the lightweight silicon and titanium tourbillon weighing a mere 18 grams, and features a 30-second indicator around it. The dial looks like an artistic work where the charismatic moon-phase takes the centre-stage at 12 o'clock, while the date indicator balances out at 6 o'clock. A amalgamate of colours with blued hands and subtle perpetual calendar windows at 3 and 9 o'clock makes the dial elegant and classy. The Roman numerals for the hour markers and train track minutes indicators with Arabic numerals every five minutes are very rare. And 43mm pink gold case with the De Bethune cone-shaped lugs are a perfect finishing touch.
Price – USD 380,000.
IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch
After ten years of laborious researching, IWC Portuguese has come up with a watch that displays both solar as well as sidereal time – The Sidérale Scafusia. The length of an average day is approximately 24 hours i.e., according to the solar time but the sidereal time that measures the time is four minutes shorter than the solar one hence the Sidérale Scafusia has a counter at 12 o’ clock to display the sidereal time. The seconds are displayed on a huge constant-force tourbillon at 9 o’ clock which occupies a quarter of the dial and the solar time is displayed in the traditional style. Unlike other watches the Sidérale Scafusia has two displays, one that displays time and the other on the flip side displaying an astronomical chart of the day and night sky that change throughout the day. The location of the chart depends on the area chosen by the user and displays precisely 500-1000 stars. The watch has a hand- wound mechanical movement and the case is available in three variants: Platinum, 18K rose gold and 18K white gold. The watch has a diameter of 46mm and has a 96 hour power reserve when fully wound. The Sidérale Scafusia is completely customizable and has over 200 design options available.
Price – USD 807,615.
Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Watch
The HM Perpetual Moon watch is an addition to the ‘Royal Collection’ series of Arnold & Son. It’s a token of appreciation for the creations of John Arnold in his career’s early days, including the ones he made for the royal court and King George III. It’s called the Perpetual Moon because of the accuracy of the moon phase movement that deviates by only one day in every 122 years and the deviation can be corrected with a single push on the corrector. The three-dimensional, hand-engraved moon phase display is made of silver and is detailed very intricately. The size of the moon phase is note-worthy i.e., 11.2mm, making it one of the largest moons in the watch industry. If one moon phase is not enough there is another indicator on the flip side of the watch, visible through a transparent back case. The moon can be enraptured in two different cases namely, stainless steel and 18K rose gold. The dial also has three options; one being a black guilloche dial, the second one is a blue guilloche dial and the last one is a cream colored dial. The watch comes with hand-stitches Alligator strap, available in brown and black. Beneath the guilloche dial there is 1512 hand wound mechanical movement which comprises of more than 27 jewels.
Price – Undisclosed
Emile Chouriet Moonphase Watch
The Moon Phase watch from Emile Chouriet is a piece of the sky for all those lured by the charm of it. The life- like moon on the moon phase chronometer is made of shinny blue mother-of-pearl and the dial has a royal blue color with twinkling stars scattered all over. The brand has pulled together talented watchmakers to come up with an original calibre that makes the moon circle the entire dial. The silver-toned indicators are skeletonized and the dial has four roman numerals at ninety degrees. The watch has a mechanical automatic movement and uses ETA 2892 caliber. The diameter of the case is 40mm and is composed of stainless steel with sapphire crystal front and back. The strap is made of black leather with metallic clasp and the watch is water resistant to 30 meters.
Price – On Request
Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars Watch
The Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars watch carries features a hand-crafted piece of the "Jiddat al Harasis 479 meteorite”, a unique piece from the Red planet Mars which fell on Earth some 180 million years ago. Since Meteorites from Mars are so rare that they sell 15 times higher than real gold. The watch also features 56 baguette cut diamonds on the case bezel and lugs which fits beautifully with the golden hands and the breathtaking open work dial design. The watch is powered from the exclusive tourbillon movement. It has a power reserve of 72 hours. It is water-resistance up to 30m. It comes with a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap. The buckle features a 18k red gold folding clasp with the Louis Moinet emblem. It has been manufactured as a single piece.
Louis Moinet Meteoris Rosetta Stone Watch
The Louis Moinet Meteoris Rosetta Stone watch dial is made from the oldest meteorite discovered on Earth so far called the Sahara 99555 stone, and nicknamed the "Rosetta Stone”. This particular stone is believed to be more than 4.5 billion years old. The Rosetta is believed to have been a part of the planet Mercury before falling on the Earth. The 47mm wide dial is greenish-grey colour and is in stark contrast to the golden hour and minute hands. The display at the back is just as breathtaking as the dial-side, with the ‘octopus spring’ of the winding and setting mechanism centrally placed. It has a power reserve of 72 hours which is the same as the Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars watch. It is water-resistance up to 30m. This watch comes with a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap. The buckle features a 18k red gold folding clasp featuring the Louis Moinet emblem. It has been manufactured as a single piece.
Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Moon Watch
The Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Moon watch has a hand-crafted unique fragment of the one-off Dhofar 459 meteorite which fell from the moon to the earth thousands of years ago. Inspired by legendary travellers like Jules Verne the dial is big and beautiful. It features a 47mm diameter case made of 18k white gold with Bezel and lugs set with 56 diamonds and a highly visible main spring. It also boasts of a well-polished and hand-bevelled vertical bridge. Golden hour and minute hands finish the look. It has hand winding movement. Caseback secured with six screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings. It has a power reserve of 72 hours. It is water-resistance up to 30m. It has been mated with hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap which is the same as the Louis Moinet Meteoris Rosetta Stone watch. The buckle features a 18k red gold folding clasp engraved with the Louis Moinet emblem. It has been manufactured as a single piece.
Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid Watch
Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid watch has an actual stone piece from a meteorite that came off of an asteroid. This stone was reclaimed from the African desert. The stone is set beautifully along with an image of a meteorite falling on Earth. Original design by Louis Moinet and has upto 50 components. It features a 47mm diameter case made of 18k white gold with Bezel and lugs set with 56 diamonds. It has hand winding movement. Caseback secured with six screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings. It has a power reserve of 72 hours. Water-resistance is up to 30m. It has been featured with a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap. The buckle is 18k red gold folding clasp with the Louis Moinet emblem displayed prominently. It has been manufactured as a single piece.
Price - USD 4.9 million (Set of four watches)
Those are all great. However, are there any astronomy watches that don't cost a dozen years salary for the average person?
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