Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Watch(er) of the Skies

Wahoo! It's my birthday next week, so I've had the usual inquiries from family members as to whether there's anything I'd like. As usual I've procrastinated in my responses and now it's pretty much too late for them to get anything, so I've resorted to the tried-and tested "please donate towards this really big (and expensive) thing I'd like to get". Well, that "big thing" has been ordered, and I CAN'T wait for it to arrive, but until then I shall keep quiet, in case it all goes horribly wrong.

Meanwhile I was perusing the latest issue of Smartlife magazine in case there is some new gizmo that I never knew I needed but couldn't possibly live without. And here it is......

It's called the Meteoris and is made by Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet. Put simply it's an electro-mechanical planetarium mounted on a metre-high plinth which also houses four tourbillon watches. Now if that doesn't sound expensive enough already, the watches and the planets are coated in dust and powder from Lunar, Martian and other meteorites that have found their way to Earth over the years. And the price for this completely insane statement of opulence? $4.7 million.