Recreating the celestial dance between the Sun and its closest planets, Mercury, Venus and Earth, the Lady Arpels Planétarium is a piece of horological ingenuity created specifically for the more delicate wrists of the maison’s female clientele.
In a demonstration of technical mastery, the heavenly bodies on the aventurine dial orbit the pink gold Sun at their actual speed, with Mercury in pink mother of pearl taking 88 days, green enamel Venus 224 days and the polished turquoise Earth taking 365 days to complete their respective journeys. The diamond Moon also travels around the Earth in 29.5 days, completing the cosmic pattern.
The Lady Arpels Planétarium is a stunning example of the marriage of fine watchmaking and the art of jewellery design. From the meticulously hand-crafted planets and the rhodium-plated gold shooting star which adorn the dial, to the dial itself every element of this beautiful watch is designed to enhance the experience of its wearer.
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The midnight blue dial comprises seven discs of aventurine placed in concentric circles, with several of them rotating independently along with the movement. The automatic movement was designed specifically for the brand with an exclusive planetarium module, in collaboration with Christaan van der Klaauw, who is devoted to the designing of astronomical watches.
The case back is as enchanting as the front of the watch with the planets on the dial represented by their respective stones on an aventurine disc and separate displays for the day, month and year. The Earth is depicted by a turquoise circle in the centre by an oscillating weight surrounded by a diamond encrusted crescent moon.
The delicate 38mm white gold Lady Arpels Planétarium case is set with diamonds as are the bezel and crown. This exceptional numbered edition timepiece is available with a blue alligator leather strap with a glitter effect to add to the motif of the starry night. A high jewellery variant with a white gold bracelet entirely set with diamonds is also available for those who like to see the brilliance of the stars on their wrist.
Striking the fine balance between exquisite design aesthetic and mechanical precision, the Lady Arpels Planétarium is a truly unique piece of horological achievement that allows its wearer to experience the magnificence and wonder of the universe.