One more remarkable timepiece will be uctioned in September at the Only Watch 2011 charity auction. This time, it is about the From the Earth to the Moon Watch, created by Swiss watchmakers Van Cleef & Arpels.
The face of the watch is inspired by a child’s drawing of outer space executed with inlays of jade, agate, meteorite and champleve-style enamel. The space capsule indicates the retrograde minutes. Positioned on the right of the dial, it sweeps downwards, from zero to sixty. It then returns to its starting point after the sixtieth minute. On the left side of the dial, a star indicates the hours, in an upward movement. It returns to its starting point after the twelfth hour. The Earth To The Moon Watch is equipped with the JLC Caliber 846 manual-wind mechanical movement with a special retrograde module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels.
The back of the watch features a more detailed engraving of the spaceship and a planet and a numbering (1/1) that lets everyone know just how rare this watch is.