How do moon phase watches work and why we all love them? One of the most universally loved timepieces are moon phase watches. After all, there is something magical about how the lunar cycle is presented on the dial.
As the Lunar New Year draws near, a time for celebrating family and tradition, Swiss Watch Gallery highlights a selection of timepieces that truly illustrate the beauty of staying true to one’s heritage while embracing the future.
The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the brand’s first watch to combine the hour and minute counters with the moon phase in a single subdial. Achieving this called for a development of the IWC-manufactured 89630 calibre. A silver-plated or gold-plated disc depicts the full moon in all its glory. At the same time, the rounded, dark blue section of the disc – representing the earth’s shadow – rotates to show the waxing or waning moon.