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

Jul 122013
GRAHAM Tourbillon 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.…

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Mar 152013
Ochs and Junior Moonphase is worlds most accurate

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 years and more precise moonphases by one day after 122,500 years.…

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Nov 282011
IWC Portuguese Siderale 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.…

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Apr 062011
Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod striking Russian 3d Moonphase watch

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 your attention.…

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Nov 192010
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.…

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Oct 272010
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.…

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Oct 242010
Blu Galaxy use special glass disks for sparkling celestial effect.

This brilliantly sparkling astronomical watch creates a heavenly display through a dial comprised of three disks made from Aventurine, a special type of glass.
Each disk rotates concentrically at different speeds and is inset with diamonds.
Two diamonds on the middle disk indicate hours while three diamonds signal minutes on the outer disk, the central disk for seconds.…

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Oct 242010
Perrelet Moonphase

The main feature of this astronomical watch is its moonphase complication. Clearly showing you the phases of the moon over its monthly cycle as well as some constellations. Separate calendar markers are indicated around the edge of the dial.
The classic design of the satin finished case houses the Perrelet automatic P-11 movement with 40 hour power reserve.…

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