MOON PHASE WATCHES

Looking for moon-phase watches? WatchTime reviews the best moon-phase watches and lunar timepieces. Moon-phase watches are among the most popular luxury watches. A moon-phase watch (also known as moon phase watch) displays the phases of the moon on its dial. Vintage moon-phase pocket watches are also highly sought, collectible watches. WatchTime Magazine is your source for info on the latest moon-phase watches, men and ladies' versions, and moon phase watch news as well as in-depth reports on iconic moon phase watches.

Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

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Regular readers of my "Fratello Friday" posts know that I'm a sucker for Omega’s Speedmaster Professional, a.k.a the "Moonwatch." Today's post, however, concerns a different type of "moonwatch," namely the type with a moon-phase indicator. … [Read more...]

Highlight Watches From WatchTime’s IBG 2014 Watch Collector Events

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The sponsoring luxury watch brands for WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of watch collector events have really strutted their stuff this year. As noted by WatchTime's IBG event partner, watch collector and aficionado Jeff Kingston, not only did each brand have a broad selection from its collection on display at the opening event in Chicago — far broader than you'd ever find at a boutique or other retailer — but key new watch models from SIHH and Baselworld that won’t be in stores … [Read more...]

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Goes Back on the Auction Block at Sotheby’s

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The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction will be offered again this November at Sotheby’s in an auction that will coincide with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

Lange Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the timepieces featured there by the core sponsor watch brands is the new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase from A. Lange & Sohne, which made its debut at SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]

Montres Journe Introduces Solid Gold Dials on 3 New F.P. Journe Watches

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Francois-Paul Journe, the founder and namesake of the F.P. Journe watch brand, had long dreamed of making watches — not just cases — out of gold. In 2004 his watch company, Montres Journe, became the first to produce entire movements in 18k rose gold, and this year, Journe has added yet another component: gold dials for three of his brand's watch models. … [Read more...]

If You’ve Got a Boat, Regatta Watch: 5 Yachting Watches

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Regatta season is in full swing during the summer months, and several purveyors of luxury watches have developed timepieces specifically suited for competitive sailing and other nautical activities, often with some version of the all-important regatta countdown function. Here we run down five yachting and regatta watches and reveal why they're ideal companions out on the waves. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]

The 5 Top Patek Philippe Watches in Antiquorum’s June Watch Auction

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Antiquorum's next "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong on June 28. More than 532 watches will be on the block and highlighted, as per usual, by several important models from Patek Philippe. Here are the five Patek Philippe watches expected to draw the most attention (and, perhaps, the biggest bucks) at the auction. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Top 10 Most Popular Watches on Pinterest

Omega Seamaster James Bond

Did you know that WatchTime has a Pinterest page with nearly 100 boards and more than 2,300 photos of watches, celebrity watch fans and other images? We've got boards devoted to categories such as divers' watches and tourbillons as well as dozens of individual brands from Rolex to Breguet to Greubel Forsey. Below, we count down the WatchTime pins that you've been clicking the most. Is one of your favorites among them? (And don't forget to visit our boards if you're still doing some early … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Corum Presents New Admiral’s Cup Watches

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At Baselworld this week, Corum added several novelties to its Admiral’s Cup collection. Part of the AC-One family of watches, these Admiral’s Cup pieces draw upon different aspects of the brand’s signature twelve-sided bezel and maritime design features. Corum’s new skeletonized watch, the AC-One 45 Squelette, gives the wearer a clear view into the workings of the movement. The AC-One 45 Tides, which first launched over two decades ago, provides detailed nautical information. … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 8 A. Lange & Söhne Watch Images from SIHH 2014

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We continue our series of wallpaper images from SIHH 2014 with Saxon luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne, which introduced several notable new timepieces at the fair. Many of these new Lange watches won’t be available at retail until later this year, but until then, you can download these eight photos of new Lange watches (and one very pretty Lange movement) for your desktop. … [Read more...]

Beyond the ÜberWatches: 5 (Possibly) Overlooked New Watches from SIHH 2014

Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat

At this year's SIHH, as per usual, the lion's share of buzz and attention went to a handful of "headliner watches," or, as we at WatchTime have dubbed them, "überwatches," even though most of the watch brands each released a dozen or more new products for 2014. And even when a brand doesn't have what we'd call an überwatch, it sometimes releases one piece so unexpected, off-the-wall, or controversial that it overshadows the rest of its new releases (Exhibit A: Last year's debut of the first … [Read more...]

Advertisement: Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 Collection

JLC Master-Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Jaeger-LeCoultre has released an array of new timepieces at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva this week. Click here for detailed information and photos of the all-new Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon as well as new watches from the Grande Reverso, Duomètre, and Master Ultra Thin collections. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection

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Ninety years ago, Montblanc  launched a writing instrument that came to symbolize the brand: the Meisterstück. To celebrate the ninetieth anniversary, Montblanc is launching the Meisterstück Heritage Collection of wristwatches. The collection contains four models, each of which is a paradigm of classic design. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna

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There is never any doubt about which watch is A. Lange & Söhne’s  “hero” each year at SIHH. The brand presents it proudly in the center of its booth, scaled up to proportions even Panerai would not dream of. This year, it is the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna, though CEO Wilhelm Schmid told us that the 1815 Tourbillon gave the Terraluna a run for its money. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Live Images from Cartier

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On Day 1 at SIHH we visited Cartier and had a chance to get some quick and dirty live shots of the new models, including the Astrocalendaire, the Earth and Moon tourbillon, the Night & Day, and the new Calibre de Cartier Diver. This post also includes links to WatchTime's earlier posts on these models, which include images provided by Cartier. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Picks for Last Year’s 5 Top Watches

Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon

It's Fratello Friday! Since 2014 started a good week ago, and this year's new watches start rolling out at the SIHH watch fair just over a week from now, I thought it was time to list my Top 5 favorite watches introduced in 2013. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: Our Watch Insider Reveals The Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase

Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase

Both here on WatchTime.com and on my blog, Watch-Insider.com, we've been showing you new watches that will launch at this month's SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here is one of the latest, the first watch from Montblanc's 2014 collection, the Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase. … [Read more...]

Pre-SIHH: 3 New Cartier Men’s Watches

Cartier RDC Earth & Moon

The previews of new luxury watches debuting at the SIHH watch salon in Geneva this January continue to roll in. Our "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz has already shown you one of the new Cartier watches for men premiering at SIHH, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver. Now we reveal three more new men's Cartier watches. … [Read more...]

Pre-SIHH: 3 New Watches from Panerai, Lange, & Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931- Chocolate dial

Geneva's SIHH watch fair is only a month away, and the luxury watch brands exhibiting there continue to offer sneak peeks at several of their new timepieces set to debut in 2014. This week we take a look at three new watches from Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and A. Lange & Söhne. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Reviews IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Le Petit Prince

Recently I had the opportunity to get my hands on one of the most remarkable IWC watches of the last few years, the limited "Petit Prince" edition of IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar, introduced at the Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I provide a review and original photos. … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 7 Moon-Phase Timepieces

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In "Going Through a Phase" in WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue (on sale October 29), executive editor Norma Buchanan explores this year's crop of new moon-phase watches. Here are photos of seven of them that you can download as desktop wallpaper. … [Read more...]

The Big Fix: Behind Girard-Perregaux’s Makeover

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The new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk goes under the microscope in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now. In this feature from the June 2013 issue, we delve into how new Sowind Group CEO Michele Sofisti plans to cure what's been ailing that Swiss high-horology brand. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: 4 New IWC Watches Debut at “Watches and Wonders” in Hong Kong

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The inaugural Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair — inspired by the rapid growth of the Asian market and showcasing new watches from 13 luxury watch maisons — was held September 25-28 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I present four new models (actually, line extensions) from one of the exhibiting brands, IWC. … [Read more...]

Zenith Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the Zenith Moon-Phase Watch

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Download this FREE article and find out what we thought of the Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase! This WatchTime Spotlight falls on Zenith watches, specifically the Captain Grande Date Moonphase, a Zenith watch that offers two complications in its movement. In this article from our print archives, WatchTime goes past the elegant exterior to see how well it works. This Zenith watch uses a conventional moon-phase display, but has an outsize date with concentric disks that is very easy to … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Traveller: The Evolution of the ww.tc Collection

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The streamlining of Girard-Perregaux, which began last year with the introduction of the Hawk collection, continues with the debut of the new Traveller, an updated version of G-P's ww.tc collection, at Baselworld 2013. The first two Traveller models are a chronograph with world-time function and a moon-phase model with large date. … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture

Frederique Constant Slimline Moon-Phase white dial

Since its founding in 1988, Frédérique Constant has developed a well-earned reputation as a “value brand” among watch aficionados for its accessibly priced timepieces with in-house mechanical movements. This year, the brand added a manufacture moon-phase movement to its repertoire, making its debut in the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. … [Read more...]

Christie’s to Auction Historic Patek Philippe Grand Complication

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At the Important Watches auction on June 11, Christie's will be auctioning the historically significant Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 97912. … [Read more...]