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The Moonphase Complication

The Moonphase Complication

November 26, 2016

Our Classic Moonphase is equipped with a fully functioning moonphase complication. This feature is perhaps the most elemental in its graphical representation of the passage of time. But what exactly does it do, and how does it work?

The moonphase indicator on a watch is a rotating disc that illustrates the illuminated portion of the Moon, as seen from Earth. As our orbiting pet rock passes across the sky, so too does its miniature version in the watch travel around, displayed in an aperture on the dial

The cycle from new moon to new moon is 29.53 days. Given the regularity of the Moon’s movement, it should come as no surprise that the invention of our modern calendar owes its existence to the phases of the Moon.

Our lives are no longer closely tied to the Moon’s orbit, but this makes it all the more fitting to own a moonphase watch: its timeless charm and whimsical artistry are a constant reminder of our small insignificant place in the universe.