Watchmaking

Midnight Planétarium & Lady Arpels Planétarium watches

With the Midnight Planétarium and Lady Arpels Planétarium watches, Van Cleef & Arpels condenses the heavens into two wristwatches, one for men and the other for women.
In keeping with the Maison’s vision of Poetic Astronomy®, these watches recreate the orbit of a selection of planets around the sun, charting their positions throughout each day.

This celestial ballet comes to life thanks to a highly complex self-winding mechanical movement.
To tell the time, the wearer simply needs to look to the shooting star, a lucky charm dear to the Maison. Located on the perimeter of each dial, the star completes its circuit in 12 hours for the Lady Arpels Planétarium watch and 24 hours for its Midnight Planétarium counterpart.

This celestial ballet comes to life thanks to a highly complex self-winding mechanical movement.

  • Lady Arpels Planétarium watch, Poetic Complications collection, Van Cleef & Arpels

    Lady Arpels Planétarium watch

Midnight Planétarium watch

In this original version designed for men, the Midnight Planetarium watch captures Earth and five of its neighbors in the solar system (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) as they revolve around a rose gold Sun. Each planet, represented by a meticulously fashioned hard stone, moves at its true pace relative to the Sun: Saturn will take over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will do the same in just under 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.
The wearer of the Midnight Planétarium watch can also choose his lucky day: on the selected date, Earth will move to a position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal.

This celestial ballet comes to life thanks to a highly complex self-winding mechanical movement.
To tell the time, the wearer simply needs to look to the shooting star, a lucky charm dear to the Maison. Located on the perimeter of each dial, the star completes its circuit in 12 hours for the Lady Arpels Planétarium watch and 24 hours for its Midnight Planétarium counterpart.

This celestial ballet comes to life thanks to a highly complex self-winding mechanical movement.

  • Lady Arpels Planétarium watch, Poetic Complications collection, Van Cleef & Arpels

    Lady Arpels Planétarium watch

Midnight Planétarium watch

In this original version designed for men, the Midnight Planetarium watch captures Earth and five of its neighbors in the solar system (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) as they revolve around a rose gold Sun. Each planet, represented by a meticulously fashioned hard stone, moves at its true pace relative to the Sun: Saturn will take over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will do the same in just under 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.
The wearer of the Midnight Planétarium watch can also choose his lucky day: on the selected date, Earth will move to a position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal.

Lady Arpels Planétarium watch

The Lady Arpels Planétarium watch offers a feminine vision of the cosmos, depicting the Sun and its three nearest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth, along with our planet's natural satellite, the Moon. A unique feature developed for this piece, the Moon itself rotates around the Earth in 29.5 days, enhancing the celestial ballet taking place on the creation’s dial day after day.

Lady Arpels Planétarium watch

The Lady Arpels Planétarium watch offers a feminine vision of the cosmos, depicting the Sun and its three nearest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth, along with our planet's natural satellite, the Moon. A unique feature developed for this piece, the Moon itself rotates around the Earth in 29.5 days, enhancing the celestial ballet taking place on the creation’s dial day after day.