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January 2000

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, www. sjoosandstrom.se.
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; (516) 776-1135.

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; (49)350-53440.

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; (800)873-0506, www.howardmiller.com.
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, www.xemex.com.

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