The moon influences our daily life not just in emotional and cultural ways, but also in practical terms: the sun and moon form the basis of our calendar and temporal divisions. It is no surprise, therefore, that the moon phase cycle has attracted the attention of watchmakers as well.

As early as the 16th century the image of the moon appears on some of the most ambitious clocks of the time – as well as some of the most beautiful. To complete one revolution always requires approximately 29.53 days, while, as we know, a month has from 28 to 31 days. With a moon phase display the moon’s progress is usually indicated by means of a rotating disc beneath a dial window. To set the display it is necessary only to ascertain the current moon phase, by consulting, for example, an up-to-date lunar calendar.

Glashütte Original has been inspired by the phenomenon and has created two models to commemorate the important role of the moon: the PanoMatic Lunar for men and the PanoMatic Luna for women. Whether the moon is seen as male or female, its fascination is undoubtedly universal.

With the PanoMaticLunar the moon can be seen as clearly as on a star-bright night. The off-center arrangement of hour and minute hands and the small seconds display characterizes the model as a typical representative of the Pano line.

Following the relaunch of the Pano line design in 2012 with classic versions in stainless steel and matte black or silver-colored dials and one featuring a red gold case and silver-colored dial, 2015 brings color to the wrist with two new models: the moon phase complication features a polished red gold version featuring an elegant matte black dial, and a dark blue version with a polished/satin-brushed stainless steel case. Depending on the case material the moon and stars are offset in silver or gold by dark blue or silver night skies.

The PanoMaticLunar is powered by the Calibre 90-02, an automatic mechanical movement with a 42 hour power reserve. Through the sapphire crystal case back is revealed the finely worked movement presenting typical Glashütte features such as the three-quarter plate with striped finish, off-center rotor, blued screws and hand-engraved balance bridge with duplex swan-neck fine adjustment.

PanoMatic Luna

The PanoMatic Luna also takes up the feminine fascination of the moon. The iridescent shimmer of the finest mother-of-pearl lends this line its lovely face. In these Pano-line models too, the time display shifts to the left side of the dial, while the additional complications – moon phase and Panorama Date – appear confidently on the right half: a silver-colored moon rises against a finely grained silver firmament.

There are two dial variations in radiant white mother-of-pearl or dark Tahiti mother-of-pearl. 64 brillant-cut diamonds grace the bezel while brillant-cut indexes. Complementing these details is the crown, fitted with a white, brillant-cut diamond. The 39.4 mm diameter stainless steel case houses the automatic manufactory Calibre 90-12, enhanced with all the decorative refinements of the Glashütte art of watchmaking.

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