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
Let’s stick with the dial side and begin with its most immediately apparent effort: its proudly displayed tourbillon bridge and assembly. The bridge itself includes a curve on each end that’s visible from the smallest of viewing angles. Take a closer look and you will see what seems to be one of the most difficult anglages ever: in the shape of a “V” the edges are bevelled and polished by hand. Both prongs result in a gold chaton using a diamond endstone inside — a long-forgotten element reserved for only the best pocket sequences of old.The tourbillon’s cage itself comprises remarkably romantic curves and eye-wateringly mirror polished shirt surfaces. The next picture above reveals how that mirror end works: it is either silky-shiny whitened, or pitch black. Because the tourbillon sits so deep beneath the dial, mild finds funny ways to make it to only some bits and pieces of this tourbillon assembly — another, but fantastic light show on display.Lange say the tourbillon “overcomes the pull of gravity” and I am sorry, but I can not help but cringe every time I read or hear that. Jedi and astronauts onboard the ISS can defeat the pull of gravity, but not many others — and a tourbillon certainly can not. It isn’t 2002 anymore, when the tourbillon is a mystical thing that is not possible to describe. I may be nitpicking here, sure, but what is it if not attention and comprehension of such details that we expect from the big guns like Lange? The tourbillon, fully subjected to the pull of gravity, over time averages out the rate errors of this watch’s timekeeping manhood, something largely and totally unnecessary at a wristwatch, unless we are talking multi-axis tourbillons.
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.–
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