After hacking our way with blunt machetes through the information-dense breakdown of the Celestia’s triple-time display, we now come to the most interesting part by far of the Celestia — solar time as represented by a running equation of time hand adjusted to the tropical year. (Standard YMMV disclaimer: my list of Most Interesting Things has been known to cure chronic insomnia. Proceed with caution and Red Bull.)
For all those reasons previously mentioned, solar time isn’t exactly the most consistent thing on the planet. Sometimes it’s late, sometimes it’s early — it’s only ever on time four times a year. But that’s okay, we all got friends like that, and we love them anyway.
Now these deviations aren’t really that big a deal when taken on their own — the longest solar day is about 30 seconds longer than a mean solar day, the shortest solar day is about 21 seconds shorter than a mean solar day.
However, let’s imagine you get a whole run of solar days, each of them just a few seconds longer than a mean solar day. That difference of a few seconds starts to stack up real quick. One day you realise that, although your beautiful and accurate Swiss watch tells you it’s noon, the sun in the sky essentially DGAF and is like a whole quarter of an hour away from reaching its celestial zenith. Shock and horror!
That said, if your beautiful and accurate Swiss watch happens to be the Vacheron Constantin Celestia series replica watches (please don’t make me type out its full name), there will be no shock and there will be no horror. You have a truly excellent polished pink-gold hand tipped with a splendid roseate sun, co-axial with the hours and minutes hands, indicating exactly how far the solar day is running ahead or behind civil time. Yay, science!
The 48 mm-diameter pink gold case fake Girard-Perregaux watches makes a really large watch; arguably to house the complication and the axial space necessary for the tourbillon. The thick case measures 18.66 mm and 21.52 mm when including the domes. Seeing its thick dimensions, the watch is fit with a bevelled bezel that has a steep incline and looks disproportionately wide.
For those unfamiliar with replica Girard Perregaux’s triple axis tourbillon timepiece, but are better acquainted with Greubel Forsey or Zenith’s Christophe Colomb, the watch may ring bells of uncanny similarity. The dome crystal atop the main glass reminds us of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, the Globe; the GF GMT, and the side window, the GF Art Piece 1. And lest we forget to mention, Girard Perregaux’s predilection for bulbous objects which come in pairs is downright intriguing. Nonetheless, Girard Perregaux’s interpretation of case design for this piece is an interesting addition to the complicated watch genre.
When itemized, each piece of the complex puzzle looks extraordinary. The Girard-Perregaux tri-axial tourbillon was first developed and subsequently release in 2014. As its name implies, this high-speed tourbillon is equipped with a regulator operating on three rotation axes instead of just one. This featherweight 1.24-gram,140-part movement comprises an inner lyre-shaped carriage – a signature of the Maison since 1880 – performing one rotation per minute. It is fitted inside a structure spinning on a second axis in 30-second cycles. Both are in turn incorporated within a third structure revolving once ever two minutes on yet another axis. This fixture on its own adds live to the dial and is fascinating to watch.
Two astronomical complications join the dance. The globe with its 24-hour rotation provides an instant reading of the time around the world. Set to 12 o’clock (noon), the arrow indicator positioned at the base of the 13 mm-diameter aluminium sphere serves to show where it is daytime on the dial side, and where it is night-time, on the back.
Hand-crafted using the miniature painting technique, its cartography depicts the world as it was in 1791, the year the brand was created. The equally micro-painted lunar disc picks up the 17th century selenography at the time the telescope was invented, beautifully matching the blue shades of the rotating globe and reproducing the moon as we see it.
Equipped with a precision mechanism, the astronomical moon-phase indicator requires adjustment only once every 122 years, by means of a dedicated corrector at 2 o’clock.
When Vacheron Constantin cheap fake watches pay tribute to Nicolaus Copernicus with the Copernicus Celestial Spheres 2460 RT from the Métiers d’Art collection, it does more than craft three gorgeous dials. It also creates a new mechanical self-winding Manufacture movement – the calibre 2460 RT — so that, on those dials, we can watch the Earth spin on its axis once every 24 hours and orbit around the Sun in exactly 365.2421898 days. And because this is Vacheron Constantin, the device that operates this motion will need to be corrected only once every…8,000 years.
Why Copernicus? The heliocentric theory of this Renaissance mathematician and astronomer was published in 1543, just before his death. It represented a lifetime of observations and calculations that concluded it is the Sun that is the centre of the solar system, and not the Earth. Copernicus further proposed that the Earth rotates on its axis, has a satellite of its own — the Moon, and gravitates around the Sun, providing the basis for a whole new way of contemplating humanity, from finite to infinite.
Inspired by illustrations of the Copernican system made by 17th century cartographer Andreas Cellarius, this tribute collection consists of three dials with three different executions of the same theme. Each dial is made of two parts. With a hand-engraved pink gold sun on each oval centre, outer discs show off powerful interpretations of zodiac signs with three different decorative crafts: Grand Feu enamel, hand engraving, or hand-engraving with laser engraving on sapphire crystal over a midnight blue underdial. Between the centre and outer disc, a tiny elliptical groove welcomes a 6.8 mm slightly domed hand-crafted gold Earth as it rotates upon itself while orbiting around the Sun.
Twelve stylized zodiac signs are engraved around the rim of the bezel. Hours and minutes are indicated by 4N gold peripheral hands. Each case measuring 43 mm in diameter is in 18K white gold Vacheron Constantin copy watches with a transparent case back to admire the theme-engraved gold oscillating weight. These timepieces, Hallmark of Geneva certified, are complemented with a black alligator leather strap that closes with a half Maltese cross-shaped 18K white gold buckle. Each timepiece is delivered in a luxury box with a magnifying glass to further appreciate the incredible details of the Métiers d’Art.