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6 Watches Perfect for Celebrating the Moon this Mid-Autumn Festival
Published on 16 September 2021
There’s no better way to know that the moon is waxing towards full than by glancing down at your watch. And what better way to mark time spent with friends, family and loved ones than with a beautiful new timepiece. To inspire you, we’ve picked out six of our favourite watches with a moon phase complication — which shows you if the moon is a quarter, half, full or anywhere in-between.
IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase
First up, this chic 37mm Portofino Moon Phase from IWC. The Schaffhausen-based brand is well known for their pilot’s watches and Portugiesers, but as you can see, they’re more than capable with dressier designs. The moon phase display is the star of the dial, with the silvery moon in a field of stars. There’s even more shine, thanks to the 12 diamond hour markers and 66 more adorning the steel case.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
If the moon phase is front and centre on the Portofino, on this Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, the lunar display is one part of a more complex — yet still beautiful — equation. This 44.2mm ArmorGold boutique edition boasts an exclusive blue dial, with full perpetual calendar indications in a well-balanced design, in addition to the glowing golden moon.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso is already an iconic design — the rectangular shape with the ingenious reversing case is Deco-inspired perfection. This Reverso Tribute Moon offers a compelling blend of classic and contemporary style. The moon phase at six, surrounded by the pointer date, is very traditional, while the grained silver dial texture and bright blue hour markers give this watch a modern edge.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon
The perfect feminine companion piece to the Reverso is this startling Rendez-Vous, a 36mm white gold watch with a mother-of-pearl moon shimmering on the dial, set against a background of stars and strikingly stylised clouds. Of course, at first glance, you might not even notice the moon, as the entire case is covered with diamonds. In total, this watch is set with 168 diamonds, weighing a total of 3.43 carats. Particularly special are the large, claw-set diamonds around the bezel, which allow for maximum light so that it is guaranteed to shine, even on a moonlit night.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin
Vacheron Constantin is famous for being the oldest watch brand in continuous operation, so it should come as no surprise that heritage is held in high regard. Every aspect of the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin is a finely tuned homage to watchmaking’s greatest traditions. This beautiful, complicated and discreet dress watch lives up to its ultra thin name, at only 8.96mm thick. On top of that, the perpetual calendar (and moon phase) will keep perfect time until 2100.
Piaget Limelight Stella
One of the most glamorous moon phases on this list is the Limelight Stella from Piaget. Even before we get to the dial, this delicate oval-shaped 36mm rose gold case with twin rows of diamonds on the bezel and white leather strap is a sophisticated look. Add in the ivory dial, with a wide moon phase aperture, set with diamonds and a photorealistic moon in gold set against a night sky complete with constellations, and it should come as no surprise that this Piaget steals the limelight.
Explore a curated collection of exquisite timepieces at Kennedy online, just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival.
Written by Kennedy content contributor: Andy Green