Technical accuracy matched by finely mastered poetic interpretations of the celestial body comes out fine in the 100th edition of the BaselWorld. Hiren Kumar Bose
ROLEX Cellini Moonphase
The 39 mm Cellini Moonphase, offered in 18-ct Everose gold has a white lacquer dial with a blue enamelled disc at 6 o’clock showing the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique and the latter by a silver ring. The moonphase is read via the indicator set at 12 o’clock on the subdial, as the full moon and new moon rotate through the lunar cycle. The watch also displays the date around the circumference of the dial, via a centre hand with a crescent moon at its tip. Driven by a self-winding mechanical movement manufactured by Rolex the patented moonphase module is astronomically accurate for 122 years. Covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification, it guarantees superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.
CHOPARD L.U.C Lunar One
This 100-piece limited edition in platinum with a blue sunburst satin-brushed dial possesses a perpetual calendar with an orbital moon-phase display. The moon orbits the small seconds axis on a subdial, conveying all the poetry of the starry heavens. Chronometer-certified by the COSC and stamped with the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, the mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.13-L calibre housed within the L.U.C Lunar One model is endowed with an approximately 65-hour power reserve. It drives the hours, minutes, small seconds and moon-phase display at 6 o’clock, a perpetual calendar with large twin-aperture date display at 12 o’clock, days of the week and 24-hour indication at 9 o’clock, as well as months and leap years at 3 o’clock.
BLANCPAIN Villeret Quantième à Phase de Lune
The 29.20mm opaline dial of this red gold watch is swept over by solid leaf-shaped hands, a pointer-type date display and a sapphire moon-phase indication. The depiction of the lunar cycle on the dial of this watch evokes the ancestral links between watchmaking and astronomy. The face of the moon corresponding to the current moon phase is visible through a dial aperture. The moon-phase indicator is composed of a wheel with 59 teeth, the equivalent of two complete 29.5-day lunar cycles – which is why the moon is drawn twice on the disk driven by this wheel. The case of the new Villeret Quantième à Phase de Lune measures 29.20 mm in diameter and is topped by a bezel adorned with 48 full-cut diamonds. This model is powered by theautomatic 913QL movement. The latter is equipped with a glucydur balance wheel featuring gold micrometric regulating screws as well as a balance spring in silicon. This material recently introduced within the watch industry offers several important advantages. Firstly, its low density makes it lighter and thus more shock-resistant. In addition, it is impervious to magnetic fields. The resulting balance spring is ideally shaped, thereby ensuring improved isochronism performance of the movement, which in turn leads to enhanced timekeeping precision. The sapphire case back reveals a red gold oscillating weight adorned with a snailed bevel, polished chamfers, as well as straight and circular Côtes de Genève patterns.
MAURICE LACROIX Les Classiques Moonphase
The glorious depiction of the moon in this 40mm watch is set within an eye-catching romantic blue sky. It celebrates the beauty of the moon, depicting the night sky via a crescent-shaped aperture above 6 o’clock. Presented in a stainless steel case, featuring a new bezel and caseback design, the timepiece comes in a classical gray dial with a blue moonphase disc or a bolder version, featuring a prominent blue central dial section with matching blue moonphase disc. The two versions share much in common, but exhibit a very different character to each other. The ML37 automatic calibre is Swiss made and, courtesy of its self-winding nature proves very practical for everyday wear.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon
Unique in its display, the Grande Seconde is based on the now iconic 8-shaped dials, with the hours indicated in a smaller sub-dial at 12. The 43mm case the perfectly rounded and smooth. The second sub-dial is oversized and placed on the lower half of the dial integrating the complications, namely the date-by-hand, a second time-zone, and a moon phase, combined with a date on its periphery. It claims 1-day deviation every 122 years. The watch is powered by the same base calibre as the other Grande Seconde watches meaning a highly-finished movement with modern features. This twin-barrel movement with automatic winding features a free-sprung balance, a silicon balance spring and silicon pallet horns. It runs at a modern 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and offers a healthy power reserve of 65 hours. It is beautifully finished with Cotes de Genève radiating from the balance wheel and an open-worked rotor, executed with polished chamfers and frosted surfaces.
BULGARI Lvcea Moon Phases
As it enriches the 36mm Lvcea with moon-phase indications Bulgari has ably risen to this two-fold challenge. On the one hand, by reinterpreting for its Lvcea watch both the calculation and the indication of the length of a synodic revolution of the moon – meaning the time that elapses between two of its returns to the same position in relation to the Sun and the Earth, amounting to exactly 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. But also by providing an aperture shaped like the arc of a circle in the upper part of the mother-of-pearl dial on this luminous round watch, while preserving its perfectly balanced shapes and its diamond-set hour-markers. In a delicate and subtle manner, the sky against which the moon appears takes on a shade matching that of the alligator leather strap: intense blue, bright red or glowing plum purple, depending on the model. It offers three options a mother-of-pearl dial punctuated by brilliant-cut diamond hour markers; an even more sophisticated interpretation featuring its strap lug and bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds; or a white gold version graced by a bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds like the strap lugs.