The Patek Philippe Celestial shows respect for the past as well as fascination for the future through its microscopically accurate golden rendition of the Geneva night sky. Its astronomical indications tell more than the hours and minutes of mean solar time. It also keeps accurate phases, orbit, and time of meridian passage of the moon, sidereal time as indicated by the fixed star Sirius. The celestial complication features an accurate display of the stars and the moon from the perspective of the northern hemisphere at any specific time, even when they are not visible during daytime. Each timepiece has 301 unique parts and takes a watchmaker about 18 months to complete -- hence, only 30-35 pieces are produced each year.
Case materials come in rose gold and platinum, yellow, white, and rose gold, with case band decorated with halved Calatrava crosses. The sapphire crystal caseback displays the automatic movement with a 22kt gold rotor. Some models have fixed platinum, diamond set, or guilloche-engraved rose gold bezels. The dial features three metalized sapphire crystal discs in deep blue with star field disc along with skeletonized feuille hands for better visibility of the celestial display. An analog date frames the outermost periphery of the dial indicated by a hand with crescent-moon tip that cup the numerals.
The Patek Philippe Celestial timepiece is an absolute technical masterpiece revered by every watch enthusiast. It not only tells time and date, but it allows the wearer a unique vision of the heavens on his wrist.