The moon phase complication has been a staple on clocks for hundreds of years, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the function feels very “classical” today, even on modern watches. That said, a good moon phase is as much an art form as it is a timekeeping function, so we’ve been treated to some interesting takes on it in recent years; Ochs and Junior‘s Moon Phase comes to mind. Add to that list the new H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept.
The new Endeavour is a stunning, minimalist interpretation of what a moon watch can be. The watch features a relatively classic-looking stainless steel case design and H. Moser’s typical use of a distinct, yet empty dial. More specifically, the watchmaker is using Surrey NanoSystems trademarked Vantablack paint, which uses vertically-aligned nanotubes to absorb over 99% of light, creating “none more black” levels of darkness. What better way to represent the inky, unforgiving abyss of space? Contrasting over that is a set of silver hands and a silver moon display at six o’clock.
Aside from the unique aesthetic choices made, the watch features an in-house, hand-winding movement with a moon phase display. Most moon phases eventually require resetting because the moon’s cycle is imperfectly 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.9 seconds, but the brand says the watch’s moon phase complication is so precisely tuned it requires resetting once every 1,027 years. You know, assuming it runs continuously for that long.
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