For a Quarter Million Dollars, It Should Include Uranus, Neptune, AND Pluto

Posted on March 13, 2014 7:00 pm

Submitted by Anonymiss of Nuking Politics [High Praise!]

From The Verge:

You can now have that solar system diorama you made in school on your wrist in the form of a watch. Van Cleef & Arpel have debuted a gorgeous new astronomical watch, the 44mm Midnight Planétarium, at Geneva’s annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The watch shows both numerical time and the rotation of five planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — visible from Earth. Each planet is represented by precious and semi-precious stones, which rotate around the sun (a stone in the center) in the amount of time it takes for the actual planet to make a rotation. You’ll easily be able to see a full rotation of Mercury every 88 days and Venus every 224 days, but it’ll take a while to see a full rotation of Saturn — 29 years to be exact.

There’s a video at the link above that shows a CGI demonstration of the watch. The real one’s probably pretty boring, action-wise.

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3 Responses to “For a Quarter Million Dollars, It Should Include Uranus, Neptune, AND Pluto”

  1. Oppo says:

    Whose orrery now?

    (Hey, if I’m going to get banned, that could be my orbituary.)

  2. Anonymiss says:

    Boring, huh? Huh! I thought it was cool.

  3. Les says:

    This one’s kinda cool, too — a Jules Verne/H.G. Wells themed orrery, complete with pet dinosaur. Rocket launcher not included.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlgyXY3vPd4#t=181

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