The whole world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first-ever manned space flight, by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, this month. Yesterday, we did a roundup of the 10 awesome items space enthusiasts can’t afford to miss from the Bonhams’ upcoming Space History Sale and today, we have picked the best of space inspired wristwatches that are sure to impress the space enthusiasts and lovers of fine watchmaking alike. Hit the jump to see them all…
1. Romain Jerome Moon Dust-DNA collection Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome has shown the world that their creations need attention, and one of their creations that have earned them a huge reputation is the Moon Dust-DNA watch collection. Using authentic and certified elements, such as moon dust, fragments of the Apollo XI, fibers from an International Space Station spacesuit and Moon Silver, this collection celebrates the Moon itself and the achievements of all those who have conquered space. 2. Gagarin Tourbillon by Bernhard Lederer
The Gagarin Tourbillon by Bernhard Lederer has been designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian astronaut’s historic flight into space. The ultra limited edition wristwatch is inspired by the Vostok space capsule, which successfully completed its test flight into space on March 25 1961, and will be auctioned off on April 12 itself at Sotheby’s in New York. The watch also features a 60-second orbital flying tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise around the dial counter in 108 minutes, to match the time Gagarin took to orbit the earth in the Vostok capsule. 3. Helios by Frédéric Jouvenot
The awe-inspiring Helios watch by Frédéric Jouvenot pays tribute to the cult of the sun in the ancient world. The enigmatic timepiece represents each hour by a radioconcentric sunbeam. The 12 sunbeams are designed on the dial in the sectors of a classic display. For the minutes, they are displayed in a central moon with an index that makes one revolution per hour. The dial of the Helios timepiece follows the passage of the sun. At noon, all rays blaze brilliantly, and the design represents the sun at its peak. The darkness of the face reveals the central area with an opening, which resembles the moon. 4. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
Although all the Patek Philippe watches are special, the over $1 million Sky Moon is special for a number of reasons. This double-faced wristwatch is one of the most complex wristwatches ever made. While one face shows the mean solar time and perpetual date, the other side displays a map of the night sky, the angular movement of the moon, the moon phases and sidereal time. The mechanical module for the astronomical indications on the sky-side dial was also awarded a Swiss patent. 5. Patek Philippe’s Ref 5106 Celestial wrist watch An amazing piece of luxury, the “Only Watch 2009” Patek Philippe Ref 5106 features astronomical indications on the dial side and a date indicator. The self-winding wristwatch features a sky chart that indicates the night sky for the northern hemisphere, which rotates counterclockwise on its dial showing the angular progression of the stars relative to the meridian passage of Sirius. Simultaneously, the display shows the angular position of the moon, its phases and meridian passage. The watch comes in rose gold, with the bezel in 22k rose gold and the middle part of the watchcase and the caseback in 18k rose gold. 6. Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th anniversary
Last year, Omega released its Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary watch, which was meant to celebrate the 1975 launch of the Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft. The dial was created from a meteorite which survived its entry into our planet’s atmosphere and the high-speed impact with the terrestrial surface. The black color of the meteorite dial is the result of a surface oxidation process. A limited edition of 1,975 pieces, the watch has on its caseback a motif of the two spacecraft with the names of the astronauts Lieutenant General Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand and Donald K "Deke" Slayton and the cosmonauts Lieutenant General Valeri Kubasov and Alexei Leonov. 7. Harry Winston Opus X
The Opus X watch by Jean-Francois Mojon for Harry Winston is inspired by the planetary movements and space-time continuum, capturing the shape and dimensionality of time through the synchronous rotation of circular motions. The watch uses a unique system of rotating indicators mounted on a revolving frame to display time. The whole operation takes inspiration from the celestial mechanics of the solar system. The hand-wound mechanical movement functions as a planetary gear train, consisting of solar wheel, satellite wheels, and frame. The indicators for hours, minutes, seconds and secondary timezone, are set on the individual satellite wheels, which orbit around the central, solar wheel. 8. Louis Moinet Astralis The Louis Moinet Astralis watch features an astral Tourbillon, a split-second column-wheel Chronograph, as well as a 24-hour Planetarium displaying four meteorites boasting unique rarity. The 24-hour planetarium mechanism revolves once a day and successively displays four planets, embodied by fabulous meteorites. Louis Moinet is the first and only watch brand to present an authentic meteorite originating from the planet Mars. 9. Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck An amazing astronomical timepiece, the Moonstruck from Ulysse Nardin simulates the rotation of the moon around the Earth, as well as the apparent movement of Sun around the globe. Thanks to its quick setting mechanism to adjust the time zone, the Moonstruck also displays the gravitational influences of the Moon and the sun. 10. Romain Jerome Moon Invader An offspring of the famous Moon Dust DNA collection, the Romain Jerome Moon Invader watch is inspired by the Apollo 11, and its parts are actually made from pieces from the lunar lander. Pictured above is the RJ Moon Invader Collection Eminence Grise Automatic watch, which has its metal mesh dial made from the tire tread of lunar roving vehicles. The watches use blue SuperLumiNova for a striking night-time effect.