It is another Mid-Autumn Festival night. In my impression, Mid-Autumn Festival belongs to a circle, a moon-like circle, a moon-cake-like circle, and a family reunion circle. Circle is the theme at this time, and it is also a concrete manifestation of traditional Chinese humanities and culture. Facing this moon that is about to be completed, for watch enthusiasts, it is natural to think of a timepiece with a moon phase function. For hundreds of years, watchmakers have continued to dig and explore the moon phase. A bright and sophisticated moon phase watch, sometimes precise and sometimes interesting, can also satisfy the wearer’s imagination of the bright moon.
What is ‘Moon Phase’?
The moon phase is the manifestation of the shape of the moon in different periods, sometimes full like a jade plate, and sometimes like a boat. The moon phases at different times bring us different astronomical observation experiences. The moon phase function on the watch was developed based on this inspiration. Through the operation of some gear components on the mechanical timepiece, the rotation of the moon on the moon phase window on the disk is driven to present the empty moon at this time on the wrist in an obscure manner. The yin and qing of the phase changed. Although this magical watch function can only add a glimpse of our lives, there is no extra practical effect.
Lange Grand Lange 1 Moonphase “Lumen”
However, people still fall in love with this elegant and classic disk design. From the time of the clock, the moon phase function can be traced (early astronomical clock). Nowadays, as the simplest astronomical function on clocks, it is a major embodiment of watchmaking skills for watchmaking brands. For the wearer, such a moon phase watch often makes the dial more beautiful, and it is also a reflection of self-worth and personal taste.
This year’s refreshing moon phase table
Rolex Moon Phase Type
As mentioned in the previous article, in addition to the launch of the explosive new sea dweller this year, Rolex also added an impressive moon phase watch to the Cellini series, which is also one of the rarest Rolex brands Watch with moon phase function. When I saw the exhibition materials at that time, I was deeply attracted by the face of this watch, and even then I bet with my colleagues to guess that this year’s explosion is it. In addition, this Cerini moon phase type is not exactly the same as the traditional moon phase presentation. Let’s take a look together:
Different from previous moon phases, the entire moon phase type seems to retain the Rolex characteristics while also being accompanied by an innovative side. White lacquered disc, blue enamel moon phase disc at 6 o’clock, showing full moon and crescent moon. The way the moon phases are presented is also different from the daily moon phase functions. The full moon is symbolized by a circular meteorite, and the new moon is represented by a silver ring. According to the moon’s profit and loss cycle, the appearance of the moon at this time will be displayed under the inverted triangle mark just above the moon phase disk, which is unique and highly representative, so that it will become a highly watched model in the watch exhibition.
The Hublot Big Bang Soul Series Moon Phase Wrist
This year, Hublot has also worked hard on the moon phase, both in terms of design and function, it looks unique and dazzling. Four monochrome watches in blue, purple, orange and pink, paired with the same color strap, quartz dial, sandblasted moon phase dial, hands, time readings and gem-set bezel, have created a life-like for this monochrome watch series Visual tone. The moon phase disk runs at 6 o’clock and completes the cycle every two new moons. The semi-transparent sandblasted dial features two rounds of the moon pattern, which are painted in corresponding colors. The grasp of the shades makes the moon phase changes more eye-catching, intuitive and highly ornamental.
Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Lune Moon Phase Watch
Despite being a niche, Parmigiani’s moon phase watch is also very beautiful, especially this year. The upper part of the black dial with pebbled satin processing is equipped with the northern and southern hemisphere moon phase displays, and there are other prominent dials around the dial to display the entire lunar cycle on the dial: new moon, first quarter moon, full moon, and second quarter moon, showing the moon is different Another beauty of the period. Not only that, the southern hemisphere moon phases corresponding to the northern hemisphere will also be revealed in the next moon phase disk. Gathering a plate in February brought double the beauty of the moon phase. The moon phase display only needs to be adjusted once every three years, which is more convenient. Of course, the watch is also equipped with the iconic curved lugs of the same series and a simple, ultra-thin micro-rotor automatic winding movement, which is entirely designed, developed and produced by the Parmigiani watch factory.
Grisutti Perpetual Calendar Red Gold Watch
If you like the concise style moon phase watch of the German system, then you can take a look at this parliamentary watch in red and gold. Polished red gold case, lacquered, silver frosted grain dial, although it has many functions such as stop seconds, perpetual calendar, week, big calendar, month, leap year and moon phase display, but the dial still gives a simple and elegant style, layout Neat, giving the watch a dignified and neat visual effect. Inheriting the brand’s exclusive moon phase design, the inclined starry sky forms the shape of a crescent, and the moon travels through it, which is intoxicating.
Petak Philippe Ref. 5320G New Perpetual Calendar Watch
One of Patek Philippe’s new products is a retro-style watch, inheriting the brand’s classic analog date display and moon phase display window design, and added a small day / night display window (between 7 and 8 o’clock) As well as the leap year cycle window (4 o’clock and 5 o’clock), it forms a whole with the elegant moon phases, bringing an excellent viewing experience. In addition, this watch not only correctly displays the date of each month, whether the month is 28 days, 30 days, or 31 days, it can also automatically display the next day, that is, the 29th day of February.
Longe Richard Lange ‘Terraluna’ Perpetual Calendar Watch
Although this watch is not made this year, it is actually an astronomical moon phase watch delivered to the store this year. In July this year, we saw the real thing when we visited SKP in Beijing. This watch was officially launched by the brand on SIHH in 2014. It is difficult to see the complicated watch models on sale in the market. It is a little fortunate to be able to meet this big cow watch. The iconic design of overlapping three sets shows Lange’s top watchmaking craftsmanship. However, it is most worth mentioning that the powerful astronomical function on the back of the table shows that the moon orbits the earth in a disc according to the laws of the movement of celestial bodies, contrasts with the 2116 stars on the gold disc, and closely combines the calendar with astronomy. It is impressive to shrink the spectacular and magnificent astronomy above the watch dial.
In addition, the moon phase display only needs to be corrected one day every 122.6 years, and can accurately show the position of the moon relative to the earth and the sun. Watching the beauty of the moon on the star-studded caseback is a treat for watch fans.
Summary: The combination of moon phases and time constitutes an inescapable moon phase watch. Elegant and classic, from the unique creative design to the extremely complicated function presentation, it has a figure, giving mechanical watches a different kind of elegant beauty. For this Mid-Autumn Festival, it is also very good to choose a timely moon phase watch. When the full moon is lifted off, it is opposite to the wrist.