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October 12, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Howling at the Moonphase Complication, Part 1

By Chris Boyle

HM3 MoonmachineHD3 Slyde / Transocean Chronograph 1461Senator Moonphase Skeletonized / L.U.C Lunar OneParis, France—Reported by Jessica Michault for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

With the eerie-aura of autumn’s Harvest Moon nearly here, we’ve profiled our favorite Moonphase complications of the season. From contemporary creatures like the HM3 Moon Machine to boutique beasts like the L.U.C Lunar One, each piece featured is sure to accent your fall wardrobe with elegant aplomb.

MB&F teamed up with Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva to create the HM3 MoonMachine, which uses the HM3 Frog design as a start but takes it light years forward. The passage of two hand-finished rotating moon faces (inspired by Sarpaneva’s own mug) through the central aperture indicates the phases of the moon. The stars on the blue dial reflect light from the movement beneath ($98,000).

The lifelike look of the moon phase option on the HD3 Slyde watch comes thanks to its touch-screen dial. Simply slide your finger across the 47mm watch’s screen to change functions. The black titanium PVD case comes attached to a black rubber strap and can be updated with new complications online via a USB cable ($7,695).

The silver-dial version of the Breitling Transocean Chronograph 1461 watch echoes its moon phase function in a clever, understated way. The self-winding 43mm watch has a retro design heightened by the brand’s mesh-steel bracelet. The timepiece touts a complete calendar with a 1,461-day memory and is water resistant to about 164 feet ($9,800).

Traditional style and state-of-the-art craftsmanship marry perfectly in the Glashütte Original Senator Moon Phase Skeletonized Edition. Reworked this year with a new red gold case, the design allows both the mechanism and the function to shine. On the dial, the power reserve and small seconds indicators balance the moon phase ($46,500).

The 43mm L.U.C Lunar One watch from Chopard is chockablock with complications. It features a perpetual calendar and a leap year and day/night indicator in addition to the standard hours, minutes and small seconds hands. It is within the seconds sub-dial that the orbital moon phase display circles around the function ($63,600).

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