Often featured in ladies’ watches, the moon-phase complication reproduces the lunar cycle in a miniature version. It generally appears as a disk or aperture. This function serves to keep track of full moons, new moons as well as when the moon is waxing or waning. A fascinating complication that gives a good reason for having your head in the stars !
Our selection of eight ladies’ moon phase watches :
A. Lange & Söhne – Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
The guilloché silvered gold dial of this model is swept over by hours and minutes hands and enlivened by a power-reserve indicator, a large date with jumping numerals and an astronomical complication composed of two golden moons. CHF 39’300.–
Breguet – Classique Phases de Lune Dame 9088
While the hours and minutes are indicated by open-tipped hands, the small seconds hand at 6 o’clock turns around the moon-phase aperture bearing a smiling moon. CHF 28’000.–
Girard-Perregaux – Cat’s Eye Celestial
Directly connected to the barrel, this extremely precise moon-phase complication immediately draws the gaze to the appealing motherof- pearl and aventurine dial center that lends a supremely elegant touch to this watch displaying the hours and minutes. CHF 44’800.–
Zenith – Elite Lady Moonphase
This creation with its turquoise lacquered dial features leaf-type hour and minute hands, small seconds at 9 o’clock, along with a moon-phase complication at 6 o’clock composed of a star-studded midnight blue disk. CHF 7’400.–
Parmigiani Fleurier – Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène Galaxy
This entirely hand-decorated watch is equipped with Delta-shaped openworked hands revealing the midnight blue aventurine dial, small seconds at 6 o’clock, a date disk and a pink (April) moon featuring a surface dotted with craters (referred to as “lunar seas”). CHF 16’100.–
Bulgari – Lvcea Moonphase
Playing on the day/night contrast, this timepiece displays the moon phases through an aperture shaped like the arc of a circle and appearing in the upper part of the dial that is swept over by hours and minutes hands. CHF 15’000.–
Jaeger-Lecoultre – Rendez-Vous Moon Medium
This timepiece displaying hours, minutes and seconds has been meticulously crafted by the artisans of the Manufacture who have applied a sandblasted finish to the midnight blue moon disk and a guilloché motif to the dial center, in order to give a realistic touch to this complication. CHF 15’800.–
Bovet – Recital 11 Miss Alexandra
The artisans of the Manufacture have opted for an unconventional design with a fixed moon to indicate the lunar phases, while the hours and minutes hands form a heart every 60 minutes in the 6 o’clock subdial. CHF 43’000.–
The annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is, as the name would suggest, a show predominantly composed of watchmakers creating watches that represent the top echelons of watchmaking. Six-figure cost tags are a dime a dozen on the show floor. When I first watched the new Master Control Date using a business dial in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s booth, I knew I wanted to find some time with it in my wrist, but once each conversation I had with journalists, collectors, and other business friends kept coming back to some $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal dramatic watches are great, sure, but if we are being honest, they are show pieces more than anything else. Very few will ever be produced, and very few will ever actually be worn out-and-about. I’m not saying I don’t like these kinds of watches — I find them endlessly interesting and lust-worthy — just that I find watches such as this Jaeger-LeCoultre far more compelling in the long run. The thought was to create a line of watches that represented the values of pure, classic watchmaking, with a concentration on simple aesthetics, functionality, understated technology, and long-term performance. Along with the initial collection of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre started its “1,000 Hours Control” quality test program, which topics finished watches to a six-week program of tests. This includes impacts, temperature changes, motion through six positions, water resistance, and more — it’s all pretty standard stuff now (though six weeks is a lot of time for something such as this), however in 1992 that was essentially unheard of.
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