Since the beginning of humankind, we’ve relied on the lunar calendar to track days gone by. One of the oldest and most beautiful complications in watchmaking is the moonphase. For those who don’t know, a moonphase tracks the moon’s placement in the sky through different times of the day. A moonphase is usually only found in high-luxury brands such as Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet–that is, until Farer stepped forward and presented its new Moonphase collection this week.
The British Designed x Swiss Made brand is known for creating beautiful wristwatches that won’t break the bank. The new Farer Moonphase collection is a fantastic representation. Moonphase pieces released by “high-luxury” brands often carry a hefty price tag. The Farer Moonphase takes beautiful engineering and craftsmanship and combines them in a stunning package of three new Farer catalogue models, accessible to most collectors who shop in any price bracket.
The Moonphase collection implements a 38.5mm stainless steel cushion case with a 43.8mm lug-to-lug and a 20mm lug width. In addition, its a mere 10.5mm thick. The case is compact with rounded edges, smooth curves, and incredible details and finishing, creating a very comfortable and elegant wearing experience. While the bezel might look completely polished, a subtle brushed chamfer accentuates the dial from the rest of the case. The sides of the case feature a “grain twist” texture to add some additional detail and tasteful flash, which break up the planes of the watch.
The Moonphase collection is available in 3 dial variations and named after three individuals linked to the starts; Halley (Edmond Halley/Midnight blue dial), Eddington (Sir Arthur Eddington/Copper dial) and Burbidge (Margaret Burbidge/Blue dial). Each dial variation has a unique look to the moonphase complication with a different coloured moon to contrast each dial.
|Case||316L Stainless Steel|
43.8mm Lug to Lug
20mm Lug Width
Display Case Back
50M Water Resistance
|Dial & Crystal||Sapphire Crystal /w AR|
Polished Lance Handset
OL X1 Super-LumiNova
|Movement||Sellita SW288-1 Ma|
45-Hour Power Reserve
Farer Moonphase Collection
The Halley implements the yellow moon with the midnight blue dial, the Eddington uses a copper moon with the copper dial, and the Burbidge uses a pink moon to add a pop of colour with the blue dial. Powering the watch is a manual-winding, Farer branded Elaboré Grade Sellita SW288-1 Ma—a movement incorporating a purpose-built large aperture moonphase module. The Moonphase collection brings a detailed and beautiful package that costs only $1,650USD– a proper “bang for your buck” watch.
For more information, please visit the brand website.
About the Author
Born into a family obsessed with motorsport, Tyler Frederick became enamoured with speed and beautiful cars at a young age. His love of Formula 1–and all things mechanical–eventually lead him to horology. Tyler has also written for Montres Publiques. You can follow him on Instagram.
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