Astronomical Watches

astronomical watches

The essence of Astronomical watches lies in their interpretation of celestial timekeeping, a combination of horological history and cutting edge technology.

Astronomy and timepieces have been intertwined throughout history and its a natural relationship given that all time units are caused by astronomical phenomena. Indeed watchmakers look to this astronomical history for inspiration.

Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw for instance was inspired to create his first astronomical watches by Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), the well-known astronomer and maker of the first pendulum clock. He also drew inspiration from the planetarium built by Eise Eisinga (1744-1828) for his Planetarium watch.

Other brands such as Ulysse Nardin have been inspired to create astronomical watches named after famous astronomers. Three such astronomical watches were the “Astrolabium Galileo Galilei“, the “Planetarium Copernicus” and the “Tellurium Johannes Kepler“, called the Trilogy of Time. Astronomical watches are not only fascinating technical marvels but also interesting tools for astronomical observations.

“Watches with astronomical indications remain among the rarest and most poetic type of complications.” – Patek Phillipe

Astronomia Tourbillon has four arm carousel and miniature galaxy.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillion

The Astronomia Tourbillon from Jacob & Co. was one of the most talked about watches from Baselworld and with good reason;  it was one of, if not the most striking watch there as well as being a technical tour de force. American Brand Jacob & Co marked their intent to be considered as serious complication watchmakers with …

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GRAHAM Tourbillon Orrery

Graham Orrery

The GRAHAM Tourbillon Orrery 1713-2013 Celebrates 300 Years Of The Orrery GRAHAM is possessed of the same driving passion as George Graham, who in the 18th century, devoted his life to the creation of the unattainable. “Honest” George as he was known, transformed his world through his art. He was the inventor of the first Orrery in 1713. Friends …

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Ochs and Junior Moonphase is worlds most accurate

Ochs and Junior Moonphase

The new Ochs and Junior Moonphase model Selene has the worlds most accurate moonphase to be featured in a wristwatch. It will be off by one day in 3,478 years. Not only that but it is so very simply constructed using just 5 moving parts. Typically a conventional moonphase calculation is off by one day after two …

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Christian van der Klaauw Aquarius Planetarium

Christian van der Klaauw Aquarius Planetarium

Christian van der Klaauw specializes in Astronomical watches and his latest model the Christian van der Klaauw Aquarius Planetarium is the first in a series of twelve unique pieces. In this version the solid gold dial has been decorated by well known master engraver Kees Engelbarts and shows the constellation Aquarius. The Christian van der Klaauw Aquarius …

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IWC Portuguese Siderale Scafusia

IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

The result of ten years of research and development the IWC Portuguese Siderale Scafusia is an astronomical watch that is a technical tour de force and the most complicated watch created by IWC so far. Its a showcase watch that IWC hopes will attract new customers and also a way of displaying IWC`s technical prowess. A …

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Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod striking Russian 3d Moonphase watch

Konstantin Chaykin

Russian watch and clockmaker Konstantin Chaykin designs and creates complex technical timepieces and movements at his workshop in St Petersburg. This is his latest, the Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod which was released at Baselworld 2011. Moon walker What strikes you immediately with this intriguing timepiece is the colossal moon that’s prominently centered in the face of the watch commanding …

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Van der Klaauw Planetarium. Worlds smallest planetarium

Van der Klaauw Planetarium

Dutch master watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw specializes in Astronomical watches and this is possibly his most famous one. It is considered to be his most ingenious and fascinating timepiece and features the smallest planetarium in the world. The miniature Planetarium displays the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn around the Sun and there …

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Martin Braun Heliozentric

Martin Braun Heliozentric

Master watchmaker Martin Braun concentrates on celestial themed horology. This particular one features the Heliocentric World Positioning Display. Using a blued steel dial, this astronomical watch features a central sun wheel that turns twice a year surrounded by a blue earth which shows the planets elliptical orbit as well as being a month indicator. The wheel at …

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Sarpaneva Korona K3 Black Moon. Complete with seductive temptress book.

Sarpaneva Korona K3 Black Moon

The Sarpaneva Korona K3 has a darkly distinct design. This moonphase watch by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva features an enigmatically stylized moon face which has been hand-engraved. The moon phase indicator shows a complete moon phase cycle through its “relieved dial”. The uniformly black appearance perhaps hinting at the long dark winters in Finland. The K3 has …

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Citizen Astrodea Celestial. Dial shows complex star chart, comes with magnifying glass.

Citizen Astrodea Celestial

This reasonably priced Astronomical watch comes with a 10x magnifying glass so you can truly appreciate the level of detail of the dials complex star chart, representing 1,109 stars. Its equipped with a myriad of celestial functions including Daily Duration of Sunshine, Equinox Indications, Sunrise & Sunset, among other cosmic information. Available with either northern or southern …

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Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck

Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck

At the center of the Moonstruck is the earth viewed from the top, pivoting around which are the moon and Earth indicators. By using two discs that revolve around this central map of the earth, the Moonstruck reproduces the rotation of the Moon around the Earth, as well as the Sun’s relative position. The moon indicator not …

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