Christiaan van der Klaauw, Planetarium

Christiaan van der Klaauw’s passion for the firmament reveals itself in an ode to the Planetarium and is one of the most famous creations of the master.

Christiaan van der Klaauw Planetarium, 2000

This masterpiece is an ultimate demonstration of precision and traditional handwork. The watch is equipped with the smallest planetarium in the world and gives not only the time, date and month, but also the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn around the Sun.

Enjoy a picture report of a live example of this beautiful and extremely interesting watch. This watch was made in 2000 and houses a Glashütte caliber GUB 39 automatic movement as power generator. You’ll find the pictures here: Christiaan van der Klaauw Planetarium gallery

The Planetarium is part of Christiaan van der Klaauw’s collection of astronomical masterpieces. The current list price for this model is € 31.500,=.

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5 Responses to Christiaan van der Klaauw, Planetarium

  1. Mark Carson on March 24, 2012 at 05:17

    That is most cool. Probably the most interesting complication I’ve seen (and that I would use). Too bad it costs so much, but in the greater scheme of things, it is modestly priced compared to other high end complications.

  2. Gerard Nijenbrinks on March 24, 2012 at 08:17

    Hi Mark,

    Where would you ‘use’ the complication for? ;-)



    • Mark Carson on March 24, 2012 at 08:38

      I frequently see planets in the evening or night sky and wonder if I’m looking at Venus or Saturn or Jupiter. With that wonderful watch I would see what is in alignment with my point of view. There was a recent alignment (more of less) of 3 planets and I wondered which ones they were. Actually Venus and even Mars are pretty easy, but Jupiter and Saturn are harder to pick apart.

      Plus the watch is worth having just because its is a different complication from the usual chrono, moonphase or power reserve sort of thing.


      • Gerard Nijenbrinks on March 24, 2012 at 08:42

        Yes that’s certainly nice Mark,

        I guess you’re lucky being in Hawaii where there are probably possibilities to see the night sky with less ‘light pollution’ than here in Europe.



        • Mark Carson on March 26, 2012 at 23:42

          We do have more light pollution than I would like here on Oahu (where Honolulu city lights effect the eastern sky from my house in the middle of the island). But the skies are often clear and to the west is where the best views of aligments with Venus are seen. In fact, Venus, the crescent moon and Jupiter are in a good alignment tonight. I enjoyed it last night and I may take a photo this evening after sunset.

          Cheers Gerard,

          — Mark