Christiaan van der Klaauw: inspired by the stars

Astronomy, the basis of time as we know it. This fascinating insight has always been the source of inspiration for Christiaan van der Klaauw. Since 1974,  van der Klaauw is producing clocks and wristwatches, and from the very start he was inspired by everything connected with astrology.

In 1990, van der Klaauw presented a true masterpiece: the Astronomical Clock. The quality of his work drew the attention of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants), and in 1990 van der Klaauw became a member of this prestigious institute. In 1992, his Pendule Variable, based on astronomy, was elected most innovative design on the Basel watch fair.

From 1994 on, van der Klaauw focused solely on the production of wristwatches. He stunned the world with the “Sattelite du monde”, the first watch combining world time with the exact positions of the sun and the moon.

More complicated watches followed, like the “Astrolabium 2000” and the watch which put van der Klaauw definately on the map, the “Planetarium 2000”. The Planetarium offered the smallest planetarium ever. Apart from local time and date, the exact movements of 6 planets in relation to the sun was displayed.

in 2009, Christiaan van der Klaauw showed his bar-shaped Tourbillon on the Basel fair. A unique masterpiece, showing once again the be belongs to the absolute top of watchmakers. In 2010, Christiaan van der Klaauw Astronomical Watches has become new management, and with a “standard” model range and a line of unique one-off pieces, all still inspired by astronomy, the marque claims a unique position in the world of high-end wristwatches!

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