Christiaan van der Klaauw will stand out forever as having the made the smallest mechanical planetarium on the planet, consolidated into the smaller than usual field of a wristwatch – or indeed, a segment of a wristwatch. His creation, the 40mm CVDK Planetarium, portrays the ongoing circles of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as they pivot around the Sun. A mechanical supernatural occurrence that joins horology and stargazing, the CVDK Planetarium – first dispatched in 1999 – is additionally a wonderful work of compact workmanship. Simply envision if Copernicus might have his hands on one of these and demonstrate to his peers that heliocentrism was actually the path forward! Notwithstanding the exceptionally exact portrayal of planetary movements, the Planetarium has a yearly schedule complication.
Christiaan van der Klaauw is one the most celebrated watchmakers in the Netherlands and presumably worldwide with regards to hand-made, cosmic complications. Since 1974, this virtuoso clock and watchmaker has created the absolute generally delightful and complicated galactic magnum opuses including the smallest mechanical Planetarium, which we will investigate today, and the most exact 3D moon stage watch (with a deviation of just a single day in 11,000 years) on Earth.
Recipient of incalculable honors, CVDK was officially recorded as one of the 65 watch brands with Haute Horlogerie family in the White Paper distributed by the esteemed FHH in Switzerland. With Dutch architect Daniël Rientjes in charge since 2009, CVDK is devoted only to cosmic watches, under the careful gaze of the founder, obviously. For a more nitty gritty history of the brand, read Frank Geelen’s article here .
As a Dutch horologist and energetic star gazer, Christiaan van der Klaauw’s manifestations honor an army of acclaimed Dutch stargazers who have extended our insight into the skies since the 17th century. In spite of the fact that it’s difficult to pinpoint one single motivation behind why Holland has created a particularly imposing pack of space experts, the rundown is long and recognized and incorporates Christiaan Huygens, the one who found the rings and moon of Saturn, and who likewise developed the pendulum development for tickers, and Eise Eisinga who, in 1781, fabricated an (orrery) planetarium in his parlor, which was subsequently purchased for the Dutch state in 1818 and is today the most seasoned working planetarium in the world.
The joining of a galactic complication inside a watch is the incredible accomplishment of a watchmaker in light of the fact that, as we as a whole know, planets move bafflingly and every one circles the Sun at its own speed. To be exact, Mercury requires 87.97 days, Venus 224.70 days, Earth 365.24 days, Mars 686.98 days, Jupiter 11.86 years and sluggish Saturn 29.46 years. Envision making an interpretation of this data into a mechanical development and you begin to get a vibe of exactly how complicated Christiaan van der Klaauw’s watches truly are.
To represent the ongoing sun oriented circles of the planets, a smaller than normal planetarium is fused on the dial at 6 o’clock. The module is composed of concentric, stacked pivoting plates – each circle synchronized to address the planet’s continuous movement. Pivoting around the focal brilliant Sun, the six planets (Earth is blue) play out a hypnotizing exhibition. Indeed, even Van Cleef & Arpels, the high adornments and watch brand, commissioned two modules from CVDK for its 2014 Midnight Planetarium and the breathtakingly lovely 2018 Lady Arpels Planetarium .
A wonderful dial and an exemplary case
Made from blue aventurine glass (goldstone), the foundation of the dial reproduces the sorcery of a brilliant night sky. Over the planetarium is the yearly schedule with days and months showed in concentric circles and the founder’s name in the middle. What is amazing is the straightforwardness and tastefulness with which the complications have been handed-off on the dial. Like all CVDK watches, the brand’s particular contacts are set up. Beginning with the stylised sun at 12 o’clock with 12 paws (Klaauw implies paw in Dutch) and the six Roman white rhodium-plated numerals set over a nonexistent skyline to try not to ruin the display of the planetarium. Other obvious CVDK signs are the Breguet-style hands.
With such wonderful complications ready, the exact opposite thing you need is a complicated case and all CVDK watches are housed in similar exemplary round case with conspicuous carries and an onion crown. This specific model comes in a 40mm cleaned tempered steel case yet is accessible in valuable metals as well. With a mechanical planetarium stuffed inside, you can envision that the case isn’t actually a contender for a super slender prize. The sapphire gem case back uncovers another wonderful astonishment with the staggering hand-engraved rotor embellished with planets and the Sun with 12 paws, while the extensions highlight Geneva stripes. The programmed development – type CVDK7386 with the planetarium module – is furnished with twin barrels for a liberal force hold of 96 hours.
Luckily, for those of you inclined to fail to remember winding your watch, the Planetarium comes with a Swiss Kubik winder to guarantee that the galactic complication doesn’t escape synchronize. Introduced on a dark leather lash with a steel collapsing fasten with the brand’s logo, the CVDK Planetarium CKPT3304 retails for EUR 40,500. More subtleties on www.klaauw.com .