Hermès Arceau L’Heure de la Lune
With the new Arceau L’Heure de la Lune, Hermès has unveiled a timepiece with the most unusual timekeeping and moon-phase display we have seen in a while. The watch’s 43 mm white gold case frames a dial of either gray meteorite or blue aventurine, both inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and houses an all-new movement, Hermès Caliber H1837, outfitted with a proprietary, patent-pending module.
Here’s how it works: the time and date are displayed separately on two satellite subdials, which float above two mother-of-pearl moons, one each for the northern and southern hemispheres. The southern lunar view is on the top of the dial at 12 o’clock, the northern view on the bottom at 6 o’clock, an unusual arrangement that allows the satellite subdials — in black on the meteorite dial, white on the aventurine — to rotate clockwise, covering and uncovering both lunar disks in tune with the actual phases of the moon, completing a sweep around the dial every 59 days. For pricing and more details, read the full article here.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel
Ahead of SIHH 2019, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled a new Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel (Ref. Q13635E1) notable for the attractive guilloché blue enamel dial that was completed entirely in-house by a team of the brand’s most experienced artisans.
Jaeger-LeCoultre redesigned a number of features for this new release compared to previous iterations. The hour markers now stretch further out and are separated in two at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Additionally, the moon-phase has been completely redesigned with a perfectly round and polished white disk that comes into view in its entirety during the full moon. The annular aperture that circles the moon-phase opening is filled with a date ring that has been engraved to showcase each date in relief. For the price and further details, read the full article here.
H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept features a Vantablack dial. For the uninitiated, Vantablack is a the darkest material known to man and is composed of carbon nanotubes that are vertically aligned next to each other and are capable of absorbing up to 99.965 percent of all light (Vanta stands for Vertically Aligned NanoTube Array).
The effect that the material has on the dial is mesmerizing and is enhanced by the moon-phase located at 6 o’clock. The textured moon disc breaks up the inky blackness of the dial and adds a bit of levity to the watch itself. The moon-phase is controlled by a push-button on the side of the case that can set its progression to the exact minute. The complication features an elaborate wheel train that maintains the moon’s accuracy to 0.23 seconds per day, meaning a single day’s deviation would take 1027.3 years. For the price and further details, read the article here.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Limited Edition Dubai
The Grande Seconde Moon Limited Edition Dubai is based on the Grande Seconde Moon model released during Baselworld 2017. The UAE edition is distinguished by the use of Arabic numerals to depict the hours on a silvery opaline dial with blued hands and the choice of bloodstone, a mineral rarely used in watchmaking, for the stone on which the moon phase is displayed.
The extremely thin disc that houses the moon phase preserves the intensity of the stone’s green color and each of its flecks of red. These two hues – green and red – recall the colors of the UAE flag. The moon itself is made from 22-carat gold moon alongside starry appliques, also crafted from 18-carat white gold. To read more about this watch and a unique Jaquet Droz timepiece dedicated to the UAE, click here.
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary Edition’
With its off-center dial layout and outsize date, the Lange 1 is an emblematic model for the German maison. This new model is cased in white gold and is limited to just 25 watches. It features a solid silver dial with printed deep-blue numerals reminiscent of the Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary Edition’. However, the highlight of the dial is the white gold lunar disc with hand-engraved stars, the first Lange watch with such a lunar disc. Six stars and numerous small dots have been engraved by hand to create a starry sky.
The moon-phase display, which is correct for 122.6 years, is also larger than that of its sister model and has moved from the subsidiary seconds dial to the main dial with the hour and minute display, a more prominent spot for this complication. Read more about this watch here.