Best Moonphase Watches Of 2019
One of the most romantic complications takes centrestage.
A. LANGE & SÖHNE Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase
The second model from A. Lange & Söhne’s ‘25th Anniversary’ collection, the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase comes in the solid silver argenté dial with blue printed numbers, indexes and date, in line with the rest of the commemorative collection. Most significantly, it is the first watch from the Saxonian manufacture that features a solid white gold hand-engraved lunar disc. More about the watch here.
HERMÈS Arceau L’heure de la lune
You’re looking at the winner of the Calendar and Astronomy Watch prize from this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, so clearly it packs a few punches. Rather than the traditional expression of a moonphase display, Hermès—in typical cheeky fashion—decided to use mobile counters for the time and date, which move around the moons, depicted as seen from both northern and southern hemispheres. Keep an eye out, too, for the Pegasus on the moon at 12 o’clock, a subtle nod to the brand’s origins. Check out the aventurine version here.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon
Decked out in 478 diamonds (totaling 24.7K), this watch is certainly one to live up to its name. Set in a pink gold case against a white mother-of-pearl dial, the moonphase sits at six o’clock, with a gorgeous aventurine sky and mother-of-pearl moon. Two concentric rings of diamonds circle the bezel, with 72 diamonds forming the inner circle and 36 on the outer ring, set in the griffes (or ‘claw’) setting employed by the Maison for this purpose. The bracelet, too, is set with 310 diamonds, wrapping around the wrist in a slinky burst of sparkle.
LONGINES Master Moonphase
Just because your watch features a complication doesn’t mean it has to be ridiculously expensive. In fact, Longines is the master of accessible timepieces that offer great bang for your buck. Case in point: this delightful Master Moonphase that delivers both technically and aesthetically. Running on the new automatic Calibre L899, developed by ETA just for Longines, the watch has a power reserve of 64 hours. With its dapper gentleman’s club appeal, the Master Moonphase is a winner on all fronts. Read our in-depth review here.
SPEAKE-MARIN One&Two Academic Full Moon
Based on the signature One&Two dial design with the small seconds counter located at 1:30, the One&Two Academic Full Moon incorporates the moonphase complication directly opposite the small seconds at 7:30. Comprising two moons—one silvery white and another orange—the moonphase disc moves each day at 7.30pm, allowing you to witness this romantic complication in action, thanks to a simple, uncluttered dial.
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