With the sighting of the new moon just around the corner, we take a moment during the blessed month to consider the importance of the moon in timekeeping and the beautiful ways in which to measure its passing
The moon phase complication is one of the most historic and can also be one of the most beautiful as watchmakers strive to mirror astral and lunar patterns in all their beauty. Displaying the current phase of the moon as you see it in the sky, which can range from new, to quarter, full moon and last quarter, moon phase complications are often featured on perpetual calendar watches but can be just as impressive in their own right. We take a look at a few stellar examples.
Rolex Cellini – Poetry in the Lunar Cyle
Eagerly awaited by Rolex fans, the re-introduction of a moonphase into the Rolex portfolio came at this year’s Baselworld as part of the Cellini collection. Presented in with a white lacquer dial, the lunar element comprises a blue enameled disc at 6 o’clock showing the full moon – depicted by meteorite appliqué – and the new moon – depicted by a silver ring. This elegant timepiece comes in a 39mm rose gold case.
IWC Portofino hand wound moon phase – Classic and Contemporary
Harking back to its heritage, this 2017 novelty revives the spirit of the complication that the Portofino was launched with in 1984. Powered by a hand-wound movement, the silver dial has a moon phase display, along with a small seconds and power reserve display that is simple and balanced. IWC’s moon phase is accurate to within a one day divergence in 577.5 years
Lange 1 Moon phase – A moon for days and nights
A.Lange & Soehne’s most successful watch family has been enriched with a new astronomical complication that takes a particularly realistic approach to moon phase display by combining it with a day/night indicator. The watch not only tracks the lunar cycle, but a blue disc on the watch performs one revolution every 24 hours, changing colour during various times of the day to accurately represent the sky’s various hues, During the day, it shows a bright sky without stars, while at night it depicts a dark sky with prominently contrasting laser-cut stars, thus the moon always orbits against a realistic background.
Christiaan van der Klaauw Real Moon Joure – A moon in 3D display
Based in the Netherlands, the Christiaan van der Klaauw atelier specializes in astronomical complications with each watch featuring one or more complications inspired by the skies above us. Taking inspiration from the moon and stars, their watchmakers turn complex astronomical complications into astonishing works of art.
On this timepiece a three-dimensional moon sits above the 6 o’clock marker and is so accurate that it deviates only one day in 11,000 years. Presented in a 40mm case with a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial.
Chopard – to the moon and back
Combining multiple complications, the L.U.C Lunar One in 18-carat rose gold possesses both a perpetual calendar and an orbital moon-phase display. The moon orbits the small seconds axis on a subdial, conveying all the poetry of the starry heavens. Its L.U.C Calibre 96.13-L is chronometer-certified and bears the Poinçon de Genève. The timepiece is available in multiple iterations such as white and rose gold as well as this stunning example in platinum with blue sunray dial, limited to just 100 pieces.
Available in the following locations:
Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Wafi, Deira City Centre and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons boutiques
Mall of the Emirates
A.Lange & Söhne
Christiaan van der Klaauw
Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons boutiques
Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Wafi, Burjuman, Burj Al Arab and the Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah