During the night there is no beautiful moment than the moon rises in the middle of the sky and shines brightly among millions of stars. This beautiful moment is not only a matter of the sky but related to the story and lifestyle of the ancient people as well.
The Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Moon Festival) is a traditional Chinese festival that takes place in the mid-autumn to celebrate the end of harvest season on the full moon night of the 8th month in the lunar calendar and in this festival Chinese people will celebrate by paying respect to the moon at night. The moon during that day will rise fully and shining in the darkness.
Of course, the story of the Moon not related to the people in East Asia region only, but for the world of timepieces the Moon is also considered part of the mechanical watch function. Displaying the Moonphase on watch dial it’s another function that demonstrating the watchmaker’s potential in terms of developing sophisticated mechanisms, a craftsmanship and technician ability.
For this year, Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 10th, and many people would like to looking for the watch with Moonphase to decorate their wrist or a gift to people their loved or respect. Whether it’s a lady or a gentleman, if you still can’t figure it out, here are 4 luxury watches with Moonphase function for you to consider.
1.Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph: The Moon and Omega are very first things that people will think of when these two things are linked together, because Omega was the first watch to explore the moon with astronauts from the Apollo program in a total of 6 projects that earned their Speedmaster the nickname Moonwatch, and these carry stories and legends of the journey to the brand’s newest timepieces.
Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph is part of a new generation Speedmaster watches that carry the legacy of the Moonwatch journey and enhanced with superior functionality. In addition to telling the time and timekeeping of typical chronograph watch and this 44.25 mm model are perfectly captures the classic shape of the Moonwatch. There are improvements and new details to suitable the modern era, we can see the technique of using liquid metal that flows into the grooves of the numbers on the ceramic tachymeter scale, giving it a lustrous look and more durable than aluminum inserts.
The dark blue dial resembles the night sky and polished in sunblasted process, creating a beautiful light in every angle. The lower part at 6 o’clock is grooved as a sub-dial to display the Moonphase function, the plate of this function consist of metal crystals that are mixed inside to make the image of the moon emerging from the horizon that beautiful and clearly from the surrounding surface.
Powering the timepiece is the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9904 is Master Chronometer precision which has been officially certified by COSC and METAS, ensuring operation with the lowest tolerances and a magnetic resistance to over 15,000 gauss.
2.Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase: The Vanguard’s classic tonneau-shaped, every detail is meticulously crafted. On the bezel you will find a diamond that shines like the millions of stars in the sky, connected to a dial that resembles the sky. At the 6 o’clock position, there is a sub-dial for the Moonphase, arranged in perfectly position.
During the waning period, you will be able to impressed the beauty of the stars surrounding on the bezel and when it comes to the fifteenth day of the waxing moon, a brilliant full moon appears to brighten the sky.
It’s all the emotions and sensations you get through the experience of this watch, which is driven by automatic movement with a mother of pearl dial that is beautiful and adds sporty look with a white alligator leather strap that matches the case made from 18k rose gold and has a diameter of 32 mm, suitable for all lady wrist sizes.
3.Chopard L.U.C LUNAR ONE: The stories in the sky has always been something that fascinated and envisioned people like us, the Earth and the Moon are interrelated and cause phenomena between them, so that every time the Moon orbits the Earth, we will aware of the determination of months, leap years, and tides. All natural events are replicated in Chopard’s exclusive timepiece, L.U.C LUNAR ONE.
The 43 mm case is crafted from precious materials 18K Rose Gold, above of all is the ability of the watchmakers at Chopard Fine Watchmaking Workshops to create this special 65-hour power reserve and sophisticated mechanisms as well as the polish process and attention to every detail of the mechanical parts to reflect the refinement.
The unique and distinctive feature of this timepiece is the perpetual calendar that able to display the date and month for leap years, as we know it is the year that February has 29 days and happens every 4 years which is displayed via the sub-dial at 3 o’clock while at 9 o’clock is a sub-dial showing the days and a 24-hour counter and at the top is a Big Date window to display the date.
Finally, the display of Moonphase at 6 o’clock position, Chopard has made it more special by painting the inner bottom of the dial into a night sky and surrounded by stars with carving a small hole inside to allow the Moon to appear during waning period.
4. Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar: Sometimes you might feel that watches with Moonphase function are complicated and the dial feels a bit messy, would it be better to manage these complexities in a simple way and making the watch that is fully functional. All of this are reason why the Glashutte Original’s design team making PanoMaticLunar that comes with simple, sleek and functional concepts.
The 40 mm case with finely polished detail in every part, the inside is a galvanized silver plated dial with a matt polished finish to provide an unobtrusive on the main surface. The sub-dial surface is an opaline-style it looks different from the main surface, but still gives a smooth touch.
The arrangement of each dials is excellent, on the left is a dial indicating the hour and minute hands, below is a small second with Off-Center pattern from the center of the dial. On the right side there are two separate functions, a dial for the Moonphase with a scale indicating the time of day for 29.53 days according to the Moon’s orbit and the Big Date window to display the date below.