COM­PLETE CON­TROL

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An­other favourite that dis­plays Blanc­pain’s trea­sured moon­phase in­di­ca­tion is the Villeret Quan­tième Com­plet 8 Jours, a cal­en­dar time­piece with day, date, month and lu­nar cy­cle in­di­ca­tions.

Un­like the an­nual or per­pet­ual cal­en­dar, the com­plete cal­en­dar does not take into ac­count the vari­able lengths of the months and needs to be cor­rected five times a year, at the end of months shorter than 31 days.

In a com­plete cal­en­dar, the moon phase in­di­ca­tor is pow­ered by a wheel with 59 cogs that turns over two com­plete lu­nar cy­cles of 29.5 days. These are the num­bers that you’ll see over the win­dow in both the Villeret Car­rousel Phases de Lune and the Villeret Quan­tième Com­plet 8 Jours. The mech­a­nism moves for­ward one tooth a day by a gear sim­i­lar to that of the date in­di­ca­tion.

For the man who cares more about clut­ter than the need to cor­rect a watch (let me raise my hand here), the com­plete cal­en­dar is a more at­trac­tive pur­chase thanks to the cleaner dial lay­out.

In Blanc­pain time­pieces, the now-iconic dis­play al­ways sees a moon with a face ‒ one that bears an enig­matic smile sim­i­lar to the Mona Lisa. Per­haps it is meant to re­flect the om­nipresent en­tity that cir­cles the earth, that has in­spired Paul Ver­laine’s poem and the third move­ment of Claude De­bussy’s Berga­masque, and that cel­e­brates the time-hon­oured tie be­tween watch­mak­ing and as­tron­omy.

The moon­phase com­pli­ca­tion is cer­tainly an emo­tional one. In an age where ev­ery­one is com­par­ing func­tions on their smart­watches, it takes a de­gree of con­fi­dence to say, “My watch can tell you what part of the lu­nar cy­cle we’re at. Do I need it? No, but I’d be damned if it’s not the most beau­ti­ful thing about the dial.” Now, more than ever, we need that.

No com­pli­ca­tion em­bod­ies this pas­sion more than the moon­phase in­di­ca­tion

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