Christiaan Van Der Klaauw is an elite watch of the Dutch watch brand. The brand was founded in 1974 when Christian van der Klaauw opened his own business and introduced his first watch with astronomical complications. In 1989, the watchmaker received an honorary membership in the Swiss Academy of Watchmaking Independent Inventors (AHCI), which includes such great watchmakers as George Daniels, François-Paul Journe and Franck Müller. In 1992, in Basel, Switzerland, he received the award for the most innovative movement design for the Pendule Variable watch.
The CVDK Satellite du Monde watch, with astronomical complexities, became the brand's first wristwatch two years later. The clock showed the time, day of the week and date, as well as the phase of the moon, a day and night indicator, and the place on earth where it is noon at the time you look at the watch. Even today, they remain amazing and elegant watches. In 1999, he presented the masterpiece CVDK Planetarium, equipped with the smallest mechanical planetarium in the world. The production of wristwatches was the beginning of a new stage in the life of the largest watch manufacturer in the Netherlands.
2009 marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the brand. Van der Klaauve was replaced by Dutch designer Daniel Reintjes. Reintjes has known Christian for many years, ever since he made watches for his own design label, Dark Rush. He got along very well with the watchmaker, whom he respected greatly. Neintjes recruited Maurice Doppert and Maria Reyntjes van Laar as co-founders and began repositioning the brand. The new directors decided to focus exclusively on astronomical clocks. The phrase "astronomical watch" was added to the brand name and models with beautiful new astronomical complications were added. This new trend was immediately recognized with the 2011 Watch of the Year award and the prestigious European Watch of the Year award in 2012, 2014 and 2016.