Moonphase watches

Humanity has an enduring fascination with the moon. Chukchi shamans in Siberia thought they could obtain magical powers by exposing themselves naked to moonlight, while for the Aztecs, the dark side of the moon was thought to be a bringer of death. Other cultures have made this celestial body a symbol of rebirth and some think it can cause lunacy.

As the dark is drawing in, it’s a perfect time to highlight watches featuring moon phases. Although essentially useless in our modern age – the complication was supposedly invented for old clocks because people relied on moonlight to travel at night – it is still a romantic addition to any timepiece.

From the delicate beauty of Zenith’s interpretation to the mesmeric DB25L from De Bethune, we’ve picked our ten favourite moonphases. Magical enough for any shaman.

  • Sarpaneva watch
    Sarpaneva Korona K3 Northern Stars Watch
    RRP: £POA
    Available from: Sarpaneva Watches
  • Oris Watch
    Oris Artelier Complication Watch
    RRP: £1,250
    Available from: Jura Watches
  • A. Lange & Söhne Watch
    A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Watch
    RRP: £43,300
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
  • Patek Philippe Watch
    Patek Philippe Ladies Annual Calendar Watch
    RRP: £33,310
    Available from: Patek Philippe
  • De Bethune Watch
    De Bethune DB25L Watch
    RRP: £POA
    Available from: De Bethune
  • Montblanc watch
    Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Watch
    RRP: £2,965
    Available from: The Watch Gallery
  • Frederique Constant watch
    Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Watch
    RRP: £2,840
    Available from: Chisholm Hunter
  • Girard-Perregaux watch
    Girard-Perregaux 1966 Watch
    RRP: £18,600
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
  • Zenith Heritage Ultra thin Watch
    Zenith Heritage Ultra Thin Watch
    RRP: £5,700
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
  • Chanel J12 Watch
    Chanel J12 Watch
    RRP: £5,800
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
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