April 23, 2019
Reaching for the stars
This boutique brand was founded by the self-taught Dutch watchmaker with a nearly unpronounceable name back in 1974. Accepted to the A.H.C.I. in 1990, Christiaan van der Klaauw’s complex timepieces have ranged from clocks and planetariums to wristwatches – all with astronomical phenomena as their main topic.
Though van der Klaauw sold his business in 2009, the boutique brand’s timepieces continue to have the same instrument-like astronomical character under Daniël Reintjes – for example, this year’s Hypernova, which adds a chronograph to an ingenious date display and Super-LumiNova moon phase indicating which quarter the moon is in. Housed in a 44-mm stainless-steel case, it is powered by the CVDK7759 automatic calibre.
But that isn’t all: The brand is also introducing its new internet-based configurator so that the discerning client can create and order his or her own bespoke van der Klaauw timepiece. Touting it as the “most comprehensive watch configurator”, Reintjes explains that this system even allows the combination of five different astronomical complications that the company itself has never even put together before, including the world’s smallest planetarium and the most accurate three-dimensional moon phase in the world.