The Dutch contribution to the horology dates back to Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) whomade the first pendulum clock in 1656 and developed the balance wheel and spring assembly in 1675. Since 1974 there has been a revival in the Dutch Horology scene.
Far away from the hectic life in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the most northern province of Friesland,Christiaan van der Klaauw began creating his exceptional clocks in 1974 in a little town called Joure. A combination of timeless design, craftsmanship and a predilection for astronomy are the trademarks of his remarkable work. After becoming a member of the Swiss founded Horological Academy of Independent Creators, he presented his astronomical table clock as his masterpiece at the world’s biggest Horological Fair at Basel 1990. There he established his name among the top known clockmakers. The successor to this table clock was the "Pendule Variable", with which he won a gold medal for the most innovative design at Basel 1992. He now concentrates exclusively on the development of high quality watches. Especially his astronomical watches created quite a stir.
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Features include day, date, month, moon phases and an indication of AM/PM through a 24 hour small clock at 9. Three register chronograph. The day indicator is in English.
The Christiaan van der Klaauw Planetarium in rose gold.
The watch features date and month displays, along with the heliocentric revolution of the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn! Sapphire crystals on both sides of the watch reveal the dial and movement workmanship. Christiaan himself paints the planet rings and orbits in his workshop, as well as produces all of the individual parts, gears and screws that comprise the planetary complication.
Massive 18K rose gold case. The rotor is made in solid gold, and both the rotor and the movement are completely engraved and decorated by hand by master engraver Jochen Benzinger in Germany.