Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium
Van Cleef & Arpels Complication Poetique Midnight Planétarium replicates a miniature planetarium telling you not only the time, but the exact moment when, for example, Venus and Jupiter will next align or other astronomical events occur. The timepiece has six rotating disks, each bearing a tiny sphere representing one of the six planets visible with the naked eye. Each planet is depicted with a a hard stone: turquoise for the Earth, serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn.
The disks rotate at different speeds so that each sphere makes one revolution around the dial in the time it takes the actual planet it represents – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The movement of each planet is true to its genuine length of orbit: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will take almost 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days. Time is indicated by a shooting-star symbol rotating around the dial’s circumference.
Moreover, one can easily celebrate his own lucky day: Using a rotating bezel, the watch’s owner can select the day of his choice by positioning a red triangle against a graduated calendar. On that date, the Earth will move to a position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal, as a sign of good luck.
Price: Standard version, made of rose gold, about $245,000; the diamond-set version is about $330,000.
We’re pretty pleased if we can successfully tie a pretty bow around a present, but Baku is able to bend, twist, and tie lengths of ribbon in order to beautifully recreate animals and plants that he encountered while growing up on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. They look like they’d made fantastic masks.