Van Cleef & Arpels at the Oscars.
Van Cleef & Arpels has carved their name in history as master craftsmen of gorgeous jewelry and watches. What really sets Van Cleef & Arpels apart from other jewelry watch brands is the way they combine art and story telling in the pieces they make. The Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication is a great example that comes to mind when I think of the perfect fusion of horology and craftsmanship.
Initially looking at the watch you would think to yourself "Wow, that's a really cool and interesting looking watch" but it's not until you know whats in the movement that you become amazed at what really went into this watch. The movement has 396 separate parts that work together to bring this magnificent creation to life. Keep in mind that the planets and star systems are not just for show on this watch. The entire planetary system on this watch moves at the same time frame as the one above us. The module of this watch was created by Christiaan van der Klaauw, which is a known figure in the watch industry for making hand-made astronomical watches and movements. This feat is nothing short of extraordinary in itself.
Another interesting aspect of this watch is that it only has a single hand to tell the time. It does not displays minutes or seconds, but rather just hours in a 24 hour format. The shooting comet goes around the border of the watch highlighting the time of the day in yet another subtle and beautiful way.
(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barosso).
I found it so fitting that Matt Damon was wearing this watch at the Oscars last night. He played an astronaut stranded in space in the movie The Martian. The combination in itself was poetic and amazing to see. Take a look at the video below to see some of the highlights of this watch. The timepiece retails for $245,000.