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.–
The Jaeger Lecoultre Watches Vintage Replica Reverso Tribute Calendar is built around the familiar vertical portrait-shaped case form. Considering that the total complexity of the hand-wound Caliber 853 triple calendar motion inside and the obvious contemporary desire for larger cases, the dimensions grows even in the Big Duoface’s 47mm by 28mm dimensions to 49.4mm tall by 30mm wide. Concerning thickness, the watch sits a fair 10.9mm high. Really, the delight of a Reverso such as this comes in the double faces and world class finishes. It really sits in a class of its own with no real peers, and I have a feeling a lot of people will drool over this watch. Even those folks who, somewhat properly, believe JLC is dependent upon the Reverso into the purpose of interchangeability will concur that this view is a fantastic motive why.The 853 manifests itself in 2 dial executions on the Tribute Calendar — foremost with all the silver ‘front’ dial of this watch which exhibits a split day/month aperture and a moonphase indicator using a pointer date encircle at 6:00. It’s more information than most could be accustomed to seeing in such a little amount of real estate but it remains extremely well-balanced, as a result of textbook uses of symmetry and comparison between the beveled dauphine hands, employed rose gold markers, and the beautiful silvered texture of the dial itself. And talking of that silver dial, it acts as an antidote, counterbalancing the improved gold’s warm tones with a cold, elegant masculinity that’s only a joy to behold — something that few rose gold watches can put claim to.Before we flip the watch above, let me talk about the movement itself for a minute — that the hand-cranking 853 hums along at a relatively low 3 Hertz, or 21,600 vibrations per hour, granting a power reserve of around 45 hours. On paper, greater oscillations are always more of a pleasure to behold, but since there’s no running seconds hand with this Reverso, there is no visual indicator that the watch is operating at a lower speed. Granted, we get a moonphase indicator rather, so it’s barely a dreadful trade-off.
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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