The Watch With A Real-Time Solar System Inside

January 28, 2014

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This is Van Cleef & Arpels' $245,000 *coughing up tuna salad on rye* Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium, a watch with a 369-piece movement that displays our solar system's visible planets moving around the watch's face in real-time. The shooting star also tells regular time in hours and minutes, making it equally useful timepiece for humans and immortal wizards.

So while Mercury will make a lap around the watch's face in just 88 days, Venus will require 224, and Earth of course does it in exactly a year. Saturn, on the other hand, the farthest planet from the sun included on this piece, won't make it back to its starting position for a whopping 29 and a half years.

Wow, it actually would be pretty cool to own the watch for the 29 and a half years it takes to see Saturn make a full rotation. But even cooler than that? Having $245,000 to spend on a watch in the first place. My life isn't even worth that much. If I died today do you know what the life insurance company would give my family? A bill.

Keep going for a couple more shots.

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Thanks to Clint, who tells time the old fashioned way: asking somebody else with a watch.

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