This year’s highlights of Christiaan van der Klaauw are concentrated around two things: aventurine glass dial and the collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels.
The production of aventurine glass is highly secret and every piece is carefully picked for a CVDK watch. They want the Aventurine glass as lively and dramatic as possible. For this year, Christiaan van der Klaauw presented the first black aventurine glass ever made. A true premiere and it expands the other aventurine dial options. In terms of looks it is a bit more subtle than the blue variant. A true pitch black starry night.
For this piece Christiaan van der Klaauw collaborates with the prestigious Van Cleef & Arpels. Aimed at women, this Midnight Planétarium breaths elegancy. It is housed in a 38mm case made of white gold and set with diamonds. As for the movement, there is a special new module inside. The development for this watch took more than 3 years. It has been developed in Switzerland in collaboration with Christiaan van der Klaauw. The operation: every planet (Mercury, Venus and the Earth) rotates around the golden centered Sun at their actual speed. Unique is the diamond Moon that also completes an independent orbit around the Earth in 29.53 days. The dial is made of aventurine glass and has a deep blue dial. It comes in two variations: on a blue alligator strap and a white gold bracelet set with diamonds.
The new addition to the Real Moon series displays the tides in a true unique way. The water level just below 12 o’clock really rises or falls, based on the tides. The complication is controlled by an extra module on the movement, developed by CVDK. The design is beautifully executed: the waves have various bright blue tones and are hand-painted. The horizon behind the waves creates depth due the Sun waves pattern. The Real Moon Tides comes in three variations: a stainless steel case, a stainless steel case with aventurine glass dial and a rose gold variant. The new rotor on this piece is also quite interesting: it displays the planets, stars and the Sun in the shape of the Christiaan van der Klaauw logo.
This CVDK Real Moon 1980 features four complications. At 6 o’clock you can see the Real Moon complication. At 9 the date (day and month). 12 o’clock is the zone to indicate the declination of the Sun: the height of the sun compared to the horizon (the Sun rises or drops along the symbols). The last complication is at 3 o’clock: the Eclipse hand. When the hand is within the indication marks there is an Eclipse somewhere on the Earth. When the moon phase at 6 is totally silver, it is a Moon eclipse. Otherwise, when the 3D Moon is black it’s a Sun eclipse. The Real Moon comes in several case materials: steel, rose gold, white gold and platinum. This particular piece is customized: The 3D moon phase is set with diamonds.
All prices on request and customization is often possible. Click here for the official Christiaan van der Klaauw website.
Teun van Heerebeek is contributor and visual artist to Fratello Watches. With his Watches & Pencils illustrations and other articles he likes to explore the vast watch-lands in all its diversity. His love for watches mainly originates from his eye... read more