Tired of that clichéd big hand/little hand system on your wrist? Digital readouts not doing it for ya? Here’s a new way to tell time that’s actually the oldest way to tell time: the solar system. The Midnight Planetarium watch from Van Cleef & Arpel’s Poetic Astronomy series tells time via a shooting star that rotates along the outmost area of the face, as well as, on a much bigger scale, movement of the planets.
Featuring an amazing 396 moving parts, the Midnight Planétarium displays an accurate representation of six planets and their rotations around the sun, from Mercury’s swift 88-day trip, to Earth’s 365 day circle, to Saturn, which takes 29 years (“Sorry I’m late, boss. I thought you said the meeting was at 23.5 years on Saturn’s sun rotation.”) While it doesn’t quite top the list of the most expensive watches on the market, the standard version of the watch comes in pink gold and goes for $245,000. [Purchase]