We are at the dawn of a new age of wearable technology. With smart watches like the Galaxy Gear, Moto 360, and soon the iWatch, it may soon be difficult to justify buying a classic wristwatch. However, the over-hyped Galaxy Gear is not yet successful, the Moto 360 has had so-so reviews and the iWatch, while garnering a lot of buzz, remains a mystery.
There are rumors surrounding the iWatch that suggest it will be a luxury item, priced at a premium to create envy among those who cannot afford it and create demand for a less opulent model to arrive later on down the line. These are only rumors, but if these smart watches are successful, it is only a matter of time before the luxury designs are released.
Still, traditional watch companies are trying to set themselves apart and show the world that classic design, artistic craftsmanship and attention to detail can still turn heads. The Midnight Planetarium Timepiece by Van Cleef & Arpels suggests that the crown of luxury is wearing the heavens on your wrist. This timepiece demonstrates a miniature spectacle of the six planets visible from Earth as they revolve around the sun. Each planet is cut from different precious stones and are set to move in their genuine paths of orbit. Check out the video above, it is quite impressive.
Unlike the rumored iWatch, the Midnight Planetarium Timepiece is unlikely to come in a model priced for the everyday consumer. Priced at roughly $250,000, this watch is for the one percent. It may be opulent and lavish, but so is a Ferrari. Either way, it looks amazing.