Moonphase watches follow the progression of the moon through its different phases of new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter. It is one of the highest complications in the realm of watchmaking, and although not heavily relied upon in today’s modern age, is a highly desired technical feature on timepieces. Moonphase watches are of great significance in the Middle East region, especially with reference to the holy month of Ramadan.
One of the latest Moonphase watches is the Arceau Grande Lune by La Montre Hermès. It is part of the renowned Arceau family, designed in 1978 by Henri d’Origny, and inspired by a saddlery element: a hoop-shaped part of the stirrup. Its classic, timeless and elegant aesthetic, along with its evocation of the equestrian world, make it an iconic model – and one that is particularly representative of the inimitable style of Hermès.
First launched in 2011, the Arceau Grande Lune watch is a complete calendar watch featuring day and month apertures. Its dial is stamped with a herringbone motif identical to that found on saddle rugs. The stamped and rhodiumed numerals maintain the classic appearance of the original model, with a sloping design that follows the movement of the hands and seems to keep ahead of time. The 2012 model is now available in rose gold.
The broad opening at 6 o’clock highlights the moon disc and its rhodiumed stars specifically designed by Hermès in a deep blue shade. The calendar display indexed around the moon disc is surrounded by a rhodiumed flange, while the snailed motif radiating from the centre of the counter creates a refined sunburst effect. The moonphase module created by Dubois-Dépraz is fitted to a self-winding movement that may be admired through the transparent case-back revealing its circular-grained and snailed finishing adorned with Côtes de Genève.
Source: Press release
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