To the Moon

Original Photography by Jens Mortensen


LEFT TO RIGHT: Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon, Patek Philippe Ref. 5396 G Annual Calendar

LEFT: The HM Perpetual Moon features one of the largest and most detailed moonphase displays on the market. Complications like this are a speciality of the brand, which has been among the most interesting in all of watchmaking in recent years. Price: $16,950.

RIGHT: This year Patek Philippe celebrated the 20th anniversary of the annual calendar, a complication the Geneva firm invented. To celebrate, Patek Philippe presented a refreshed version of this popular watch with Breguet numerals. Price: $47,970.

De Bethune DB 28 Digitale

De Bethune’s spherical moonphase displays are the brand’s signature design element. Here it is paired with a jumping-hour display. Special thanks to Cellini of New York for lending this rare timepiece.
Price: $115,000.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase

This new moonphase model from the Glashütte, Germany-based watchmaker incorporates a big-date display, a signature feature of timepieces from the capital of German watchmaking. Price: $29,000.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase, Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie QuantiÉme Annual

LEFT: One of our favorite women’s watches to premiere at Baselworld, this timepiece is elegant proof that horological complications and precious stones can make a compelling combination. Price: $7,400.

RIGHT: Under the direction of Jérôme Lambert, Montblanc has come into its own, providing a strong range of affordable complications that appeal to younger collectors. This annual calendar, which comes in at under $10,000, is a prime example. Its moonphase display is also presented in a format not often seen on the market. Price: $9,500.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry”

The Schaffhausen-based brand’s line of pilot’s watches features a special tribute to the famous French author. It’s a complicated model whose mechanical calendar is programmed to account for leap years.  Price: $25,900.

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph

This tribute to the Omega Speedmaster Chronograph’s place as the first watch on the moon boasts a detailed moonphase display. If you look closely at the surface of the moon on the watch’s dial, you can even see a small footprint, printed as an homage to NASA’s lunar landing.
Price: $10,600.

Ball Watch Trainmaster Moon Phase

This timepiece from Ball includes an unusual attribute, a moonphase display with a luminous application. Its large, central location on the dial makes for a photogenic design that is sure to make it a favorite to wear.  Price: $2,299.