Timepieces: New Products
Facing the Moon
From several faces to monthly phases, new timepieces start
the century with a different perspective
At the start of the new year and heading into a new millennium,
the concept of timekeeping appears everywhere. As we move forward,
people look back to reconsider ancient methods of keeping time.
The moon has been a reliable method for centuries. For much of
history, in fact, astronomical time was all that was available.
Here are recently revealed timepieces that refer to moonphases
or have a rare two-faced feature.
by Michael Thompson
||The Chronolink Racing Chronograph from Swedish
watchmaker Sjöö Sandström features two faces.
On top is a fine mechanical timepiece that, when lifted, reveals
a digital display chronograph. The mechanical movement is visible
though a clear case back. The digital functions include lap timer
with elapsed time, total racing time and best lap/lap time. Suggested
retail, $2,300 with handmade strap, $2,900 with steel bracelet.
Sjöö Sandström, Norsborg, Sweden; (46-8) 531-73270,
|Chronoswiss presents a new "Lunar"
timepiece, slightly smaller than the earlier chronograph version.
Made in 18k gold, steel with gold or stainless steel, the guilloche
sterling silver face is standard on this model. A black dial
is available also. A sapphire crystal protects the front and
on the back allows a view of the skeleton rotor. Suggested retail,
$4,600 for the steel version shown. Chronoswiss, Bellport, NY;
||A patented electrochromic display covers the
watch face and shows 28 phases of the moon, changing gradually
from deep blue to white. The watch was created by jazz musician
William Galison after eight years of research. Made in steel
or solid silver with curved sapphire crystal, it's sold with
a 50-page book of moon lore. Suggested retail, $1,200. Moonwatch,
New York, NY; (212) 677-7344,
|The 1815 Moonphase by A. Lange & Söhne
is fully handcrafted and includes a Lange manual movement, moonphase
display computed for 1,000 years , three - part pink gold case,
sapphire crystal and case back, solid silver dial with gold appliqués
and gold moon disk. Suggested retail for the pink gold model
shown, $10,600. A. Lange & Söhne, Glasshutte, Germany;
||Moonphase clocks helped farmers plan their monthly
duties (see Timepieces/Statistics, p. 94, for more clock lore).
This Shaker-style grandfather clock (78-in. tall) includes moonphase,
cable-driven Westminster chime and two hidden compartments in
the base. Suggested retail, $2,345. Howard Miller, Zeeland, MI;
|The Xemex Cronus, a two-face quartz watch, has
conventional hours and minutes on one side and chronograph features
on the other. Black dial (time) and white dial(chronograph) are
standard in the stainless steel case and two sapphire crystals.
Wear either side up with the reversible natural rubber strap.
Suggested retail, $1,495. Xemex USA, Austin, TX; (512) 499-0123,
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