Rising Moonphases by Frederique Constant and Christopher Ward
In the first place, let’s investigate the Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture. The Classics Moonphase Manufacture, fueled by the new FC-175 development, addresses the 19th in-house development from FC, and is gently adjusted from the in-house development utilized in the prior Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase to fuse a focal seconds. Moonphase looks as a section are for the most part refined, dressy, and surprisingly controlled in plan terms, and the Classics Moonphase Manufacture positively follows the fundamental pattern. Generally, indeed, the impact is a little Patek Calatrava-ish, sharing signals like dauphine hands and faceted applied hour markers alongside by and large dial spacing.
That’s not to say that Frederique Constant haven’t made an attractive watch here, truth be told it’s a splendidly executed plan, particularly in rose gold. The case, with its basic adjusted sides and mid-length bended carries, is unadulterated old fashioned dress, while the expansion of a focal seconds and external seconds track make things simply a touch more useful and furthermore serve to separate this piece from FC’s own Slimline Moonphase, which took a more insignificant, slim way to deal with a similar general idea. Putting the two next to each other, the Classics Moonphase Manufacture is as the name recommends the more classical of the two, and is maybe the more qualified to the meeting room to-assembly hall flexibility of a moonphase.
Dressy plans this way, as we’ve composed here previously, live and kick the bucket by minuscule subtleties, and everything from the date subdial to the faceting on the files to the little onion crown networks together consummately. The one more daring interpretation of the plan front, the consideration of a pivoted official style back over a sapphire showcase, functions admirably here, and flaunts the perlage and Côtes de Geneve flawlessly when wanted. Precisely, the new FC-175 appears to be a fine expansion to FC’s arrangement with a 42-hour hold and some awesome wrapping up. Estimating for the Classics Moonphase Manufacture is required to be around $4000.
On the opposite side, we have the Christopher Ward C9 Moonphase . The C9 Moonphase is the most recent in C. Ward’s leader C9 arrangement, and another in-house complication arrangement by horological wunderkind Johannes Jahnke, the development architect behind such past endeavors as the C900 Worldtimer, the C9 Jumping Hour and the C9 5-Day Automatic .The C9 Moonphase, nonetheless, addresses a critical advance forward for C. Ward, with Jahnke’s moonphase module (on top of an ETA 2836-2 base rather than their bespoke SH21, in an astonishing move that presumably has to do with lessening cost and generally speaking development thickness) promising both smooth development instead of the more normal day by day bounce in most moonphase complications, just as a precision of inside 1 day for like clockwork of running.
Supporting these strong cases is a significantly bolder plan, one that makes certain to be a significant argument for the watch. Between the FC and the C. Ward, the C9 Moonphase is unquestionably the more challenging regarding style and as I would like to think can be both a gift and a revile. Rather than the more normal course Frederique Constant have taken with a little moonphase dial at 6, C. Ward have tried making the moon the focal point of the dial, and at more that a large portion of the territory of the dial (22 millimeters wide!) it absolutely is, sparkling splendidly in nickel plate over a star-field of 12 PM blue and a guillochéd segment intended to bring out the moving tides of the lunar cycle.
The handset is cleaned needles taken directly from the remainder of the C9 line, and the files are thin applied square shapes with applied Roman numerals at 12, 3, and 9. The date window sits underneath the level of the principle dial at 6 o’clock, and is kept inconspicuous with a dial-shading wheel. The general impact here is multi-layered, with the moon, the guillotined “tide”, the principle dial, and the date window all sitting at various levels. The case is a touch more conventional, with basic level sides and delicately tightened drags albeit the pillbox crown is somewhat bigger than you may anticipate. There’s no uncertainty it’s a striking plan, and in certain dial and lash combinations, particularly the 12 PM blue-on-blue, I discover it unimaginably alluring. I can see this one being a troublesome piece, notwithstanding. The C9 Moonphase additionally offers a 38 hour save and a provisional beginning cost of £1295, or simply more than $2k when it goes on preorder this November.