Arnold & Son has released a new moon phase piece that is quite a stunner. The manual wind movement features a massive, rotating marble and glass moon in the middle of the face, allowing you to really, really, really tell the current moon phase at a glance.
The watch is limited to 28 pieces and costs about $47,000. The watch comes in a gold case and a standard movement with a little dial on the back that allows you to fine-tune the moon phase by hand.
From the release:
In a starry sky, a large moon alternates between light and dark as it moves through its phases. Here, Arnold & Son presents its first three-dimensional moon made of marble and aventurine. Showcased on an aventurine glass dial, the moon changes majestically and with astronomical precision. It is the largest moon ever built into a wristwatch, and a creation that benefits from the first-class watchmaking and decorative techniques of the Arnold & Son Manufacture.
Luna Magna features Arnold & Son’s first three-dimensional moon. With this original timepiece, the Swiss watchmaker with English roots aims to make a lasting impression by presenting the largest moon ever created in relief for a wristwatch. Beneath an off-centred dial at 12 o’clock, which constitutes one of the house’s aesthetic signatures, Arnold & Son has placed a rotating sphere that accurately represents the appearance of the quarters of the moon against a starry backdrop that is more dazzling than a midsummer night sky.
The watch is available now if you have the moon and stars to spend on a two hander with a little pebble of a lunar landscape inside it.