When man first got curious about the passage of time, he began to notice the movement of the sun, moon and constellations. During medieval times, it was common practice to track changes in the lunar cycle; in other words, moonphases to tell the passing of time. Since then, this particular complication has garnered a cult following in the watch world and the fascination hasn't dwindled. So, here are the top six moonphase watches that you need to have a look at to understand this “wild” admiration
IWC Portofino Automatic Moon phase: Rs5.43 lakh approx
Keeping it simple is the IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase. As the first timepiece from the Portofino collection to feature a moonphase complication, the watch features clean aesthetics, classic design and an understated appeal like no other. While it was earlier offered only in 37mm or 45mm case sizes, the moon phase edition is now available in a 40mm stainless steel case with a water resistance of 3 bar. Powered by the automatic caliber 35800, the movement offers a moonphase function that is displayed on the silver-plated dial at 12 o'clock. Smart and utterly classic, the IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase is available in a brown alligator leather strap dedicated to the contemporary gentlemen.
Rolex Cellini Moonphase: Rs17.55 lakh approx
Introduced in 2017, the Rolex Cellini Moonphase is a distinctive timepiece with an exclusive display of the phases of the moon. One of the more classical timepieces from Rolex, the Cellini Moonphase is available in a 39mm 18K Everose gold case with a new mechanical automatic movement (Caliber 3195) working within that clocks in a power reserve of 48 hours. Despite its high quality aesthetics and mechanical mastery, the most special aspect of the Rolex Cellini Moonphase is the exclusive display of the phases of the moon. The lunar cycle is showcased with the help of a new moon (empty silver ring) and the full moon (specially made with a meteorite disc) — all of this is set on a beautifully designed star-studded blue enamel disc background. Priced at `17.55 lakh approx, the dressy Rolex Cellini Moonphase is available in a brown leather strap that works beautifully with the overall golden accents of the watch.
Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase Manufacture: Price on request
Offered in three variations; silver, navy blue-coloured dials in either rose-gold plated or polished steel, the Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase Manufacture is a beautiful timepiece. It features a state-of-the-art moonphase complication housed within the brand's newest in-house caliber FC-712 movement. Marking the brand's 29th in-house designed, produced and assembled movement, the new FC-712 is based on the iconic FC-700 movement and has been reworked to accommodate split counters with the moonphase and date in two counters. While the date window resides at 9 o'clock, the beautifully designed moonphase counter sits at 3 o'clock. An elegant timepiece with noteworthy complications, the Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase Manufacture is a complete watch.
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Zenith Elite Moonphase: Price on request
Revisiting its own past from the vantage point of today is the new and improved Elite Moonphase timepiece. Majestic in its tones and classical in its approach, the Elite Moonphase focuses on the enchanting beauty of the moon while simultaneously letting the audience know of the importance of tracking lunar cycles when reading time. Featuring a midnight blue circle on the lower half of the sunburst patterned dial, the Elite Moonphase brings this unique and much-wanted cult complication to the forefront. Using the same tone as the moonphase disc itself, the moonphase display indicator sits atop a carefully designed silver-toned dial. This combined with a 40mm 18K rose gold case and attached to a blue alligator leather strap makes the timepiece one of the most sleek, modern and utterly cool moonphase watches of the year.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon: Rs9.55 lakh approx
When one of the most classic watches of the century meets one of the most fascinating complications of the watch world, be assured of witnessing some magic. An absolute stunner from the get-go, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon is ultra-sophisticated, beautifully designed and immaculately efficient. Featuring a stainless steel typical Reverso case, the timepiece features two important complications; a moonphase indicator and a dual timezone with a date. While the side displaying the second timezone is built with a beautiful blue dial and an even more remarkable two-tone blue day/night indicator at 6 o'clock, on the flipside lies the local time dial in frosted silver with a glaring moonphase display that pops right at you. Powered by the hand-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 853A, the Reverso Tribute Moon is available in a blue alligator strap.
Panerai L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon phases Equation of Time GMT: Price on request
As one of the first timepieces from Panerai to feature a moonphase indication, the L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT is a remarkable timepiece that is dedicated to the genius of Galileo Galilei. Featuring a Luminor 1950 case with a skeletonised movement (the P.2005/GLS), the timepiece is made-to-order and personalised to operate in accordance to the geographical coordinates of the wearer. As a timepiece dedicated to Galileo who made strides concerning the study of the moon, the L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT offers the classic complication with the highest quality of watchmaking. Add to that numerous other functions like GMT, equation of time, sunrise/sunset times and a tourbillon etc. The massive 50mm brushed titanium case works beautifully with the skeletonised dial and black alligator strap. If you want to make a statement, this is the watch to do it with!
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