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Celestial beings: The best moonphase watches for men

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 Big Pilot's Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince

Unveiled at SIHH 2019, this top-of-the-line version of IWC Big Pilot's watch is its first created from 18 carat hard gold - a variant of 5N gold which is up to ten times more wear resistant than conventional gold. As well as its perpetual moonphase display, this elegant timepiece also boasts a constant-force tourbillon and power reserve indicator and is limited to ten pieces.

Case: Hard gold, 46.2mm
Strap: Calfskin
Movement: Calibre 94805 manual-winding
Waterproof: 60 metres
Price: €238,000, 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 Quantième Perpetual Calendar

Another limited edition - this time available in 88 pieces and only from Blancpain boutiques - this classically styled timepiece puts fine mechanical watchmaking front and centre. Powered by a self-winding 5954 movement, its perpetual calendar complication will indicate the day, date, month and leap year without correction until 2100 while its 6 o'clock moonphase features the house's signature characterful symbol.

Case: Platinum, 40mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre 5954 self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: CHF62,000, blancpain.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel

Another new SIHH piece, Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel does away with complicated design for a clean, minimalistic aesthetic that highlights the beauty of its moonphase subdial ringed by a date indicator. That's not to say, however, that there isn't some serious watchmaking going on here. Its in-house calibre 925/2 movement is just 4.9mm high and boasts an impressive 70 hour power reserve.

Case: White gold, 39mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre 925/2
Waterproof: 50 metres
Price: CHF37,400, jaeger-lecoultre.com

GyroGraff Endangered Species

A great showcase of Graff's mastery of both fine jewellery and watchmaking, the latest additions to the GyroGraff line were unveiled at Baselworld 2019 and highlight the plight of some of the world's most endangered animals. As well as dials picking out the form of pandas, elephants, tigers and gorillas in diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones, each watch also features a double axis tourbillon and moonphase indicator in the form of a rotating three-dimensional moon.

Case: White gold, 48mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Hand-wound double axis tourbillon
Price: POA, graff.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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