WatchTime India’s exclusive preview of Christiaan Van Der Klaauw watches in Delhi

In association with the Delhi-based distributor and retailer The Watch Lab, the evening saw master watchmaker Pim Koeslag showcase a selection of Christiaan Van Der Klaauw pieces to watch enthusiasts.
With the watches landscape in the country getting more and more vibrant, the latest brand to enter the market is Christiaan Van Der Klaauw. Introduced by The Watch Labthe independent, eponymous microbrand was founded by Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw in 1974 in the Netherlands and is completely devoted to the design and production of exclusive, hand-made astronomical watches. Which is to say that every Christiaan van der Klaauw timepiece has one or more astronomical complications. The brand's very first wristwatch, unveiled in 1994, was the CVDK Satellite du Monde - the watch showed the time, day, date, moon phase, day and night indicator, and the place on earth where it is exactly noon at the time you are looking at your watch. Today, its CVDK Planetarium boasts the smallest mechanical Planetarium in the world, showing real-time the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn around the Sun, and the CVDK Real Moon Tides has a tides indicator and an accurate 3D moon phase; the CVDK Orion features a rotating celestial map. The brand also specialises in making custom pieces for its clients.

With innovation at its heart, in 2021, Christiaan van der Klaauw won the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) for the CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga. The brand has also made beautiful collaborative timepieces with Van Cleef & Arpels - you'll likely remember the ‘Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication’ and the ‘Lady Arpels Planétarium’. 

Since mid-2022, its watchmaking has been helmed by Pim Koeslag, former Technical Director And Master Watchmaker at Frederique Constant. Since Koeslag came on board, he has introduced the CVDK Ariadne, a chronograph watch that also has a 24-hour indication, day, date, month, and moon phase. 

At WatchTime India’s exclusive preview of Christiaan Van Der Klaauw watches at The Imperial New Delhi, Koeslag personally took collectors and enthusiasts through carnet pieces, a custom-made watch, and several other offerings from the brand. Guests got the chance to experience the watches at close quarters and were full of enthusiasm as they discussed the design and technical aspects in great detail with  Koeslag as well as each other.

Here are a few glimpses from the evening...

Pim Koeslag and Aditya Jassi

CVDK Planetarium

Amit Dev Handa

Christiaan Van Der Klauuw watches

Sunil Nichani, Dr Lovenish Goyal, and Mayank Barodia

Rajiv Kumar

Devesh Gupta

Utkarsh Singh with Pim Koeslag

WatchTime India's Preetika Mathew and Chitra Lohani

A custom piece created for a collector

IMO Singh, Rishi Narula, Nitin Chainani, and Akshay Kapur

Pim Koeslag and Rishabh Wadhwa


CVDK Real Moon Tides

Dhruvak Aggarwal

Tanuj Kathuria and Ravin Saluja

Preetika Mathew and Sidd Mohan

Raghav Sharma

Images: Rahul R Pattom

Launched in 2012, WatchTime India is the result of a collaboration between America's most-read watch magazine, WatchTime and, India's leading media house, Malayala Manorama. With an aim to popularise and celebrate the evolving watch culture of the country, the publication is your one-stop destination for everything related to fine luxury watches. From the latest tests to reviews, to exclusive features on the history and horological heritage of some of the most spectacular watch brands of the world, the WatchTime India portal has a lot to offer. Stay tuned for an exciting journey, through the fascinating world of watches!

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