The Classique Phase de Lune Dame Timepice by Breguet

By Paul Joseph

The moon phase, one of the most renowned and romantic complications in horology, is to be reimagined by Swiss luxury watchmakers Breguet for the 2016 edition of Baselworld, which begins next week.

The movement will take centre stage in a stunning new women’s timepiece called the Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088, a 30mm white gold, diamond-set watch featuring a white grand feu enamel dial with Arabic numerals and open-tipped hands.

With 45 hours of power reserve driving the moon-phase indicator and small seconds at 6 o’clock, this self-winding movement features a silicon in-line Swiss lever escapement and a silicon spiral.

The case boasts a finely fluted caseband, while 66 brilliant-cut diamonds illuminate the bezel and lugs. The sapphire crystal caseback allows a view of the numbered and signed movement showcasing a range of finishes reflecting haute horlogerie traditions:

Côtes de Genève decorative ribbing graces the bridges, while the gold oscillating weight is adorned with barley grain engine-turning. Blued-steel – and re-styled – Breguet hands point to the hours and minutes.

The Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088 comes in several variations, including a rose gold model, a non-gem-set version, and even one with an engine-turned mother-of-pearl dial.

All versions of the Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088 will be on display at Baselworld between 17th – 24th March.

Breguet was founded by Abraham-Louis Breguet in Paris in 1775. The brand is now owned by Swiss company The Swatch Group.

By Paul Joseph