This one-of-a-kind exhibition by Jaeger-LeCoultre showcasing astronomical watches is landing in Dubai for the first stop on its world tour
One for luxury watch aficionados, Jaeger-LeCoultre is bringing its most complex astronomical watches to our shores this month with a brand new exhibition that will debut in Dubai before moving on to other world cities. Taking a deep dive into the astronomical phenomena, including the sun, moon and stars, that helped us measure time before there were clocks, watches and cellphones, the Stellar Odyssey exhibition will cover everything from sundials and chronometers to celestial navigation — or charting the position of the stars and moon, to you and me.
With the ancient cultures of the Middle East playing a seminal role in the origins of time measurement, it’s no surprise that the Swiss watchmakers are kicking things off in Dubai, with the exhibition staged in a spectacular pavilion floating on the waters of the Dubai Fountain, with the Burj Khalifa as its backdrop. Fans can expect to explore some of the House’s most complex creations ranging from simple moon phase displays to perpetual calendars, including the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Caliber 185 — a unique watch with 11 complications on four functioning faces including three displays of lunar information — and the Atmos Hybris Mechanica Caliber 590, which tracks the moon’s daily orbit around Earth and the Earth’s trek around the sun. Most definitely a date for the diary. Open until 23 February at the Dubai Fountains, Dubai Mall. Register for tickets
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- Words by Naomi Chadderton