The Universe is a place that is vast beyond imagining, and what we will try to do is help you understand a little more about it with the miniaturized mechanical universe(s) by Christiaan van der Klaauw. More recently, independent clockmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw created an astronomical wristwatch, the “Venus” in addition to the “Astrolabe” and the “Planetarium 2000”. Inconceivably they measure everything from the position of the planets, the constellations, worldwide sunrises, sunsets, solar and lunar eclipses. Each model is handmade by Christiaan himself resulting in a very limited edition of each. Introduced at the 2006 Basel World, his most recent invention, the “Venus”, features a very animated dial with separately rotating Earth, Moon, and Venus orbiting the Sun amidst the Constellations. It sells from Watch Buys for $19,800.
Self-lauded as the smallest planetarium in the world, the obviously named “Planetarium” features a heliocentric revolution of the planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) and is available from Watch Buys for $23,700. Noticeably complex, the “Astrolibium” measures celestial bodies and constellations. I just can’t get myself to write the intricate details full of twists and turns here. For detailed info read for yourself here. A variation of the Astrolibium, the “Mondial CK1” is customized according to your location on the globe, featuring a sunrise/sunset gauge for the rest of the planet. It’s far better and more expensive at $16,200 from Watch Buys than your simple-minded moon phase. I think I am content with just gazing in the sky!