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Van Cleef & Arpels, legendary jewelry makers, also produce exquisitely unique watch complications. Far from the more “standard” fare of chronographs, dual time zones, and alarms, Van Cleef excels in the area of aptly-named “poetic complications.”
The Midnight in Paris watch displays the night sky over Paris and the dial rotates once over the course of 365 days, exactly matching the shifting of the stars over a one year period. The stars are depicted as gold dots, and as the disc rotates ever so slowly they are revealed in the circle aperture on the lower portion of the dial. The opaque area masks stars that are out of range on any particular date.
For centuries, the heavens have inspired artists and craftsmen. Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a wonderful depiction of France’s night sky. The painted ceiling of the Main Concourse in New York’s Grand Central Station is an astrological mural of the constellations in gold against a rich green background.
Another great feature of the watch is that is has an officer style back: the cover hinges open to reveal a calendar that is rimmed in a disc of genuine meteorite. The calendar enables the owner to set the watch to the accurate date. The movement is a manual wind mechanical with a 40 hour power reserve.
The Constellation Watch in 18K Rose Gold with its Exquisite Map of the Stars over Paris