Table of Content
|1) Moonphase complication: How it works||2) Types of Moonphase complications seen on modern watches|
|3) Astronomical Moonphase Watches||4) Setting up a Moonphase watch|
|5) Most popular watches with a moonphase complication|
Moonphase complication: How it works
A moonphase complication is a feature that displays the current phase of the moon on the watch. It changes in real-time throughout the lunar cycle. It is a popular and elegant feature that adds a unique touch to the design of a watch.
Moonphase complication works by utilizing a small disc that is located on the watch dial, usually within a subdial. The disc is decorated with an image of the moon and stars that rotate over a period of 29.5 days, which is the length of a lunar cycle.
This disc is divided into two parts, each representing one-half of the lunar cycle. One half is usually painted blue or black to represent the night sky, while the other half is left blank or painted white to represent the moon. The image of the moon appears to wax and wane as the disk rotates, mimicking the actual phases of the moon.
A gear train linked to the main movement of the watch controls the movement of the disc. The gear train is designed to track the lunar cycle accurately and ensure that the disc rotates at the proper speed.
Types of Moonphase complications seen on modern watches
Moonphase watches are among the most adored timepieces. From new moon to full moon, a moonphase watch displays the phases of the moon as it changes throughout the lunar cycle. There are different types of moonphase watches available in the market, each with its own distinctive design and functionality. Here are some of the most popular types of moonphase watches:
- Simple Moonphase Watches
- Triple Calendar Moonphase Watches
- Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Watches
- Astronomical Moonphase Watches
Simple Moonphase Watches
These are the most popular type of moonphase watches. They feature a small disk on the dial that displays the current phase of the moon. The disk is typically adorned with a moon and stars, and it takes around 29.5 days to complete a full rotation.
Classic moonphase watches are often preferred by individuals who are drawn to the elegance of a traditional design and prefer a watch that is easy to read and operate. For Simple Moonphase watches, Rolex in UAE has the Cellini on offer. While the watch has now been discontinued, you can always find one on the secondary market.
Triple Calendar Moonphase Watches
As the name suggests, these watches do slightly more than just show the phases of the moon. These watches also include a calendar displaying the day, date, and month. Because of their functionality and elegance, they are often referred to as “complete calendars” and are popular among watch enthusiasts.
Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Watches
These are the most advanced type of moonphase watches. Equipped with a perpetual calendar, it automatically adjusts the day, date, and month for leap years. They are highly sought after by watch collectors and enthusiasts and are regarded as a symbol of fine craftsmanship and luxury.
Astronomical Moonphase Watches
Astronomical moonphase watches are designed to display the position of the moon in the sky relative to the Earth. The dial on these watches shows the relative positions of the sun, moon, and stars and are often decorated with intricate engravings and designs.
Setting up a Moonphase watch
Typically, a small pusher or button on the watch case can be used to set the moonphase complications. The wearer can align the moon phase display with the actual phase of the moon in the sky by setting the moonphase complication, ensuring that the watch is always accurate and up to date.
Most popular watches with a moonphase complication
Most of the Swiss watch brands have at least one model that features a moonphase complication. As you start looking into these brands, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. Here’s a list of some of them.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5270G-019
Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5270G-019 is one of the most popular luxury watches that features a moonphase complication. Besides that, it also gets a perpetual calendar, chronograph, and a day/night indicator. The watch features a 41mm white gold case and a hand-stitched alligator strap. The moonphase display is incredibly accurate and only needs to be adjusted once every 122 years.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste
Jaeger-LeCoultre is brand that has always been on the forefront of innovation. This means they have even mastered the art of moonphase complication on a watch with their Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste. With a celestial theme, the watch gets a rotating dial that displays the stars and constellations of the Northern Hemisphere. The watch also includes a moonphase display that accurately tracks the phases of the moon. The 43mm case is made of rose gold, and the watch is powered by a hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 45 hours.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date
Vacheron Constantin, being a part of the Holy Trinity, has always made extraordinary timepieces. One of them is the VC Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date. The watch features a minimalist and sophisticated design. Available in Rose Gold, the watch features a moonphase display and retrograde date display. The watch is powered by a self-winding movement with a power reserve of 40 hours.