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May 2015

Complications

  • Moonstruck!
 
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The sky and stars are a constant source of inspiration to watchmakers, who through ingenious complications harness the Moon, sovereign of the night, to grace dials drawing the eye to infinity...

 

Symbolic of the link between watchmaking and astronomy, a moon-phase complication re­produces the queen of the night's cycle on a watch dial. A poetic exercise in which watchmakers never tire of surpassing themselves. One stunning exam­ple is Jaeger-LeCoultre's Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon, 42mm in diameter and 14.3mm deep; a classic moon-phase display needs adjustment every two and a half years, but this one will remain accurate for... 3887 years! Incredible precision, and no less eloquent elegance. Pequignet's equally chic Manufacture Royal powered by the Royal calibre displays the moon's phases at 6 o'clock, while Longines has produced a lovely version for the Conquest Classic Moonphase chronograph driven by the self-winding L678 mechanical movement.
Jacob & Co.'s amazing Astronomia Tourbillon with its wrist-sized depiction of the cosmos is simply dizzying! This year's numbered limited edition of nine Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette watches incorporates a patented advanced complication that emphasises the fascination exercised by the Moon, pushing back the technical boundaries with the three-dimensional JCEM01 calibre that performs a hypnotising ballet of multiple-axes rotations. A hand-painted titanium Earth sits opposite a spherical diamond Moon with 288 facets (patented Jacob Cut technique) that reflect every ray of light during a 60-second rotation on two axes. Omega is passionate about the Moon's beauty. Completing the Speedmaster triptych begun with Dark Side of the Moon and Grey Side of the Moon, the Speedmaster White Side of the Moon now flaunts a satin-finish white ceramic case evoking the shining Moon as seen from Earth.