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October 13, 2012

Howling at the Moonphase Complication, Part 2

By Chris Boyle

GyroGraff4968R-001 / Governeur MoonphaseDuomètre à Quantième Lunaire / Phase de Lune Retrograde 8860Paris, France—Reported by Jessica Michault for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Arguably the most poetic complication in the world of watchmaking, we couldn’t limit our list of favorite Moonphase complications to just five. Check out more lusted-after lunar pieces below before picking out one for yourself.

Graff’s bold 48mm GyroGraff watch uses a three-dimensional “gyrograph” lunar display that charts the daily progression of the moon’s phases. Its off-set placement at 8 o’clock gives balance to the watch’s double axis tourbillon. The watch, limited to ten pieces in rose or white gold, has a 60-hour power reserve and the brand’s iconic faceted case (price available upon request).

This Patek Philippe ladies’ mechanical hand-wound watch (4968R-001) gives its moon phase function pride of place. The mother-of-pearl dial has a clean, readable design, which focuses on the lunar sub-dial at 6 o ‘clock. This beautiful timepiece comes in a 33.3mm white or rose gold case and is framed by 273 diamonds on the bezel (about $50,169).

The Piaget Gouverneur Moonphase tourbillon timepiece is elegance personified. The watch case blends both round and oval shapes, a feat that is subtly enhanced by the style of moon phase appliqué indicators displayed at 6 o’clock. The ultra-thin, hand-wound watch has a 642P movement housed in a 43mm rose gold case (price available upon request).

The 42mm Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre is a beautiful mix of mechanics and emotions. The watch touts a jumping foudroyante seconds hand along with date and moon displays. To power all the functions, this watch offers two independent power supplies: One regulated by the escapement and balance, and the other for the time, date and moon displays ($38,100).

From Breguet’s Heritage collection comes the graceful Phase de Lune Retrograde 8860 watch. The curved tonneau rose gold case is off-set with a round guilloché mother-of-pearl dial for the hour and minute indicators. The moon phase aperture in the upper right corner of the dial gives off a golden glow as the moon’s face winks out to the world ($28,700).

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