Heavenly Hours with Glashütte Original

robert august.

The Complexity and Beauty of the Moonphase Display

When the clouds let us see it, it rules the night sky: the moon. For thousands of years the earth’s satellite has cast its spell on human beings and influenced their lives. Its elementary forces affect the ocean’s tides, the growth of plants and even how we sleep. There’s no denying it: human life is closely bound up with the rhythm of its irresistible allure.

The myth of the moon
In classical antiquity the moon was already believed to influence secular and religious life: whether as the goddess Luna of Roman mythology or the Egyptian god Thot, the quiet wanderer was repeatedly linked to a supernatural power. It magic lives on into the present day. In China, for example, one still celebrates the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the old Chinese calendar. In Chinese culture the full moon is considered a symbol of harmony and community, and the festival is accordingly celebrated in the traditional manner with family and friends, admiring together the splendid full moon.

One of the most charming complications in the art of watchmaking
The meaning of the moon influences our daily life not just in emotional and cultural ways, but also in practical terms: the sun and moon form the basis of our calendar and temporal divisions. It is no surprise, therefore, that the moon phase cycle has attracted the attention of watchmakers as well.

As early as the 16th century the image of the moon appears on some of the most ambitious clocks of the time and undoubtedly some of the most beautiful: the moon in its orbit, lit by the sun, gives rise to the fascinating spectacle of a waxing, waning crescent in the heavens. To complete one revolution always requires approximately 29.53 days, while as we know a month has from 28 to 31 days. With a moon phase display the moon’s progress is usually indicated by means of a rotating disc beneath a dial window. To set the display one need only ascertain the current moon phase, by consulting, for example, an up-to-date lunar calendar.

The watchmakers at Glashütte Original, too, have been inspired by the phenomenon and have created two models in commemorating the important role of the moon: the PanoMaticLunar for men and the PanoMatic Luna for women. Whether the moon is seen as male or female, its fascination is undoubtedly universal.

A timelessly elegant classic under the sign of the moon: PanoMaticLunar
On the PanoMaticLunar the moon can be seen as clearly as on a star-bright night. The off-centre arrangement of hour and minute hands and the small seconds display characterises the model as a typical representative of the Pano line. As is the case with all creations from the German manufactory, the most refined manual labour and traditional watchmaking crafts are to be found at even the finest levels of detail. Nevertheless, it is the elaborately formed dials that first catch the eye: they are made with great care in the firm’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany.

Following the relaunch of the Pano line design in 2012 with classic versions in stainless steel and matte black or silver-coloured dials and one featuring a red gold case and silver-coloured dial, 2015 brings colour to the wrist with two new models: the moon phase complication is staged anew with a polished red gold version featuring an elegant matte black dial, and a dark blue version with a polished/satin-brushed stainless steel case. Depending on the case material the moon and stars are offset in silver or gold by dark blue or silver night skies.

The inner beauty of the PanoMaticLunar models is more than a match for its design. They are powered by the Calibre 90-02, an automatic mechanical movement with a 42 hour power reserve. Through the sapphire crystal case back one can admire the finely worked movement presenting typical Glashütte features such as the three-quarter plate with striped finish, off-centre rotor, blued screws and hand-engraved balance bridge with duplex swan-neck fine adjustment.

The woman in the moon: PanoMatic Luna
The PanoMatic Luna takes up the feminine fascination of the moon. The iridescent shimmer of the finest mother-of-pearl lends this line its lovely face. In these Pano-line models too, the time display shifts to the left side of the dial, while the additional complications moon phase and Panorama Date appear confidently on the right half: here a silver-coloured moon rises against a finely grained silver firmament. One may choose between two dial variations in radiant white mother-of-pearl or mysterious, dark Tahiti mother-of-pearl. 64 brillant-cut diamonds grace the bezel and rodshaped brillant-cut indeces ensure that one enjoys truly glamorous hours.

Complementing these details is the crown, fitted with a white, brillant-cut diamond. Ticking within the 39.4 mm diameter stainless steel case is the automatic manufactory Calibre 90-12, enhanced with all the decorative refinements of the Glashütte art of watchmaking.



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