The moon phase appears on the watch of the “last emperor” Pu Yi; The world’s most expensive wristwatch ‘The Only One’ costs 815 billion; Hermès’ award-winning watch with moon images in both hemispheres,… and many other famous watch models.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Ref. 97975

Ref. 97975 was not only the first moon phase watch but also the first Perpetual Calendar watch in history. On the croissant moon window like this watch model, the wearer watches the moon cycle through the fullness and waning of the small moon. In contrast is the radial display, the moon phase indicator with hands and numbers. The dial layout of the Ref. 97975, which displayed the moon phase at 3 o’clock, was never seen again on later Patek Philippe watches.

Patek Philippe Reference 96 Quantieme Lune

Earlier this year, the world was shocked when the wristwatch of the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Puyi, suddenly appeared at Phillips auction house; and was successfully auctioned in Hong Kong for 6.2 million USD. This is one of only eight Quantieme Lunes, and is also the most famous one. Phillips provided accompanying documents proving that the moon-phase watch was brought by Puyi to Siberia at the end of his life, making the item of particularly high historical value.

The special feature of Reference 96 lies not only in the name associated with the moon phase (Quantieme is ‘day’ and Lune is ‘moon’ in French), but also in the reversible semi-circular window of the moon phase and the position Place it at 12 o’clock.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ‘The Only One’

Moon calendars are often integrated into high-end multi-function watches. On the Grandmaster Chime model, besides the moon phase, there are 19 other functions displayed through two dials, operated by a machine with 1,366 parts. The auction on November 9, 2019 at the Only Watch event, Geneva, Switzerland brought the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 entered history as the most expensive watch in the world: 31 million Swiss francs, equivalent to 33.5 million USD (about 815 billion) at the current exchange rate.

Gerald Genta “Succes” Day Date Moon Phase Ref 2747

Gerald Genta launched the “Succes” moon phase watch in the 1980s when his name became legendary for his prestigious sports watch designs – such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus. In addition to the octagonal case that is Genta’s familiar design motif, the watch also has an unusual display that includes a date, month and 24-hour calendar in addition to a moon phase where his name is prominently inscribed.

Hermès Arceau L’Heure De La Lune

The moon does not appear the same everywhere on Earth. People in the Southern Hemisphere will see the moon’s surface in reverse compared to the Northern Hemisphere. This phenomenon is the inspiration for the best Calendar & Astronomy watch of 2019 awarded by GPHG: Arceau L’Heure De La Lune. The movement of the hour and date disc casts shadows over the two moons to indicate the lunar phase.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Moonphase Retrograde Date

Moon calendars were once considered impractical; Meanwhile, putting this function into the machine is not simple, the dial also has to be rearranged because there is an additional window. Therefore, most modern sports watches that emphasize practicality do not have a moon phase. Vacheron Constantin decided to go against the trend by combining both “romantic” functions on the famous Overseas watch line: moon phase and retrograde date, marking a historical milestone of the watch. sport.

Piaget Métiers d’art Altiplano Moonphase

Piaget has its own way to thank Asian customers. A set of four limited edition Métiers d’art Altiplano Moonphase watches decorated with four images above the moon window: Thanh Dragon, White Tiger, Vermilion Bird and Huyen Vu. And yet, the four mythical mascots will only appear in the dark along with the moon as if to increase the magical element of the very famous Altiplano ultra-thin watch line.

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