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Celestial beings: The best moonphase watches for men

It may have been centuries since humans used the moon to tell the date but, thanks to its undisputed value as an interesting design feature, moonphase watches are more popular than ever. From discreet embellishment on classic sailing watches to a stunning blue-hued watch with a full moonphase dial, here is our edit of the best moonphase watches for men.

IWC Portofino Hand-wound Moon Phase

IWC’s original Portofino watch was created in 1984 by combining an ultra-thin, Lépine moon phase pocket watch movement with an elegant wristwatch case and a clear, open dial. This latest interpretation features an exquisite, hand-wound mechanism and a useful power reserve indicator.

Case: Steel, 45mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre 59800 manual-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £10,950, iwc.com

Patek Philippe 6102R Celestial Moon Phase

The ultimate watch for stargazers, Patek’s Celestial features a dial made from three sapphire crystal discs – a black one for the sky, another indicating the phases of the moon and a third depicting the Milky Way. The sky disc replicates the progression of stars relative to the meridian passage of Sirius.

Case: Rose gold, 44mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre 240 LU CL C self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £217,020, patek.com

Blancpain Villeret Complete Calendar

The main feature of this watch is voiced in its “Complete Calendar” title – ie, it displays the day, month and date in addition to showing the phases of the moon. Despite showing such an array of information, the dial is beautifully clear, with every detail superbly finished in typical Blancpain style.

Case: Steel, 40mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre 6654 self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £10,930, blancpain.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon

The ingenious Reverso remains the mainstay of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand – and is as practical and distinctive today as when it was introduced in 1931. This Tribute model celebrates the lines of the original, but features two movements and two dials, one for each side of the flip-over case.

Case: Steel, 49.7 x 29.9mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre 853A
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £11,200, jaeger-lecoultre.com

A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

Rarely is the Bauhaus principle of form and function so beautifully demonstrated by a watch manufacturer as it is here. The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase offers time, power reserve, small seconds, big date and moon phase indications in a perfectly balanced dial that’s executed to perfection.

Case: Pink gold, 41mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre L095.3
Price: £36,800, alange-soehne.com

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Lune

This delectable version of Parmigiani’s Tonda moon phase watch combines a black-as-night dial with an unusual take on the lunar complication – it shows the appearance of the moon as it is seen in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Annotations show the relevant phase.

Case: Steel, 39.1mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre PF708 automatic
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £10,300, parmigiani.com

Jaquet Droz The Eclipse Black Enamel

Replacing the usual moonphase dial with an applique detail which indicates the moon’s eclipse using a moving disc, this sleek and smart Jaquet Droz timepiece packs a lot into an understated design. A perpetual calendar as well as a moon phase watch, hours are swapped for dates around the edge of the dial with days and months displayed in two discreet windows at 12 o’clock.

Case: 18 karat red gold, 43mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Jaquet Droz 5853LR.4 self-winding mechanical
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: $27,900, jaquet-droz.com

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic

Combining good looks with technical expertise, Harry Winston’s Midnight Date Moon Phase is the perfect boardroom to black tie watch. Dividing its silver dial into three interconnected subdials, the timepiece acts as a traditional watch, perpetual calendar and moonphase in a chic easy-to-read format.

Case: Rose gold, 42mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre HW3203 automatic
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: $28,400, harrywinston.com

Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon

There is perhaps no watch that turns the moonphase function into a stunning design feature quite like Arnold & Son’s HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon. Part of the brand’s Royal Collection which pays homage to the watches John Arnold created for King George III, this timepiece is unique in allowing the wearer to view the lunar cycle as seen from both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Case: 18 karat red gold, 42mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre A&S1512 hand-wound mechanical
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: $30,500, arnoldandson.com

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