4 Must-Have Moonphase Watches

These novelties come with extremely precise moonphase display, which requires correction by one day every 122 years.

ELEGANT DETAILS – Hermès Arceau Heure de la Lune

Hermès presented the Arceau Heure de la Lune at this year’s SIHH and carries us up towards the satellite orbiting our Earth. On the dial, whether the meteorite or the aventurine one, the brand injected two white mother-of-pearl discs that is sure to capture attention. On the first disc, it displays the hours and minutes, while the second one shows the date using blued hands. One thing that makes this watch even more special is the fact that both discs rotate around a central axis once in 59 days, which corresponds to two complete moon phases. With these two discs floating above the two depictions of the moon and show the satellite’s phases in real time, Hermès successfully expands its universe one step further.

Case size: 43mm
Case material: White gold
Dial: Aventurine or meteorite
Strap: Matte abyss blue or graphite alligator strap
Movement: Hermès caliber H1837 with exclusive patent-pending module
Power reserve: 50 hours
water resistance: 30m

REFINED AESTHETIC – Longines Master Collection Moonphase

The Longines Master Collection perfectly embodies the brand’s values of excellence and elegance. Earlier this year, the brand introduced new models featuring a moonphase indicator at 6 o’clock circled by a date ring on which a hand points to the current day. For this new addition, Longines has designed a sleek dial with a timeless design, thus creating a subdued and harmonious aesthetic. Powered by a new self-winding movement developed exclusively for Longines, these timekeepers are available in two sizes (40 and 42mm) and completed in a range of different dials: from black barleycorn with painted Roman numerals, silvered barleycorn with painted Arabic numerals or blue sunray with applied indexes.

Case size: 40mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Dial: Silver barleycorn
Strap: Brown leather strap
Movement: Caliber L899
Power reserve: 64 hours
water resistance: 30m

SOPHISTICATED LUXURY – Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel

Issued in a limited series of 100 pieces in extremely thin cases, the new Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel from Jaeger-LeCoultre proudly expresses its character in a pure and refined style. To this end, it has a new hand-guilloché blue enamel dial, new hour-markers, a new polished moon and a new engraved counter. The watch also features a new moonphase setting, one that has been redesigned with painstaking attention to detail. For instance, when the moon is full, its perfectly round and polished white disk comes to rest on an exquisite stellar background. In short, this watch showcases the expertise of the Jaeger‑LeCoultre master watchmakers, artists and artisans, who have ceaselessly reinvented mechanical precision, all while combining it with peerless artistic creativity.

Case size: 39mm
Case material: White gold
Dial: Hand-guilloché blue enamel dial
Strap: Leather strap
Movement: Jaeger‑LeCoultre Caliber 925
Power reserve: 70 hours
Water resistance: 50m

CASUAL ELEGANCE – Patek Philippe Ref. 5726/1A-014

Back in 2010, Patek Philippe united its sporting spirit and technical sophistication in a Nautilus watch with an Annual Calendar, a moon-phase display and a 24-hour indicator. This watch, the Ref. 5726A, comes in a steel case on a leather strap and has since been joined by others with a steel bracelet. This year, the manufacture reinterpreted that steel-bracelet version by fitting it with an elegant blue dial—the color on the original Nautilus model from 1976. On the dial, the horizontal embossing and the subtle shading at the periphery create a powerful but refined decor, while the hours and minutes are indicated with white-gold hour markers and hands, accompanied by a slender sweep seconds hand.

Case size: 40.5mm
Case material: steel
Dial: Blue dial with horizontal relief embossing
Strap: Steel bracelet
Movement: Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/303
Power reserve: 45 hours
Water resistance: 120m